Kimbolton Castle: The Final Days and Death of Katherine of Aragon

On 7 January 1536, a beleaguered Katherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire. She had spent the final years of her eventful life in exile, abandoned by her husband, Henry VIII, on account of the king’s quest for a legitimate son and heir. Katherine’s is a sorry tale and her end at Kimbolton … Read more

Buckden Palace & the Most Obstinate Woman That May Be.

To Charles Brandon, Katherine of Aragon was simply ‘the most obstinate woman that may be’. Having been discarded by her second husband, Henry VIII, she was cast into exile, being moved from one property to another, understandably much to Katherine’s chagrin. The penultimate of these was Buckden Palace on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. … Read more

The Bishop of London’s Palace & an Audacious Game of Thrones?

When Henry VIII fought openly with his wife at the trial of Blackfriars, he sought to undermine her story that she came to his bed as a virgin. One famous testimony recounted how Arthur had emerged from the couple’s bedchamber in the Bishop of London’s Palace on the morning following their wedding, exclaiming that he … Read more

Old St Paul’s: The Tudor Rose and the Spanish Pomegranate Entwine – Part I

In the run-up to the release of the TV series, The Spanish Princess, we have an opportunity to delve into the real-life story of Katherine of Aragon by following in her footsteps, as she prepares to fulfil her destiny and marry Arthur, Prince of Wales at the cathedral of Old St Paul’s in London. This … Read more