Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
Did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor consummate their marriage?

Did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor consummate their marriage?

September 21, 2021
Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, were married from 14th November 1501 until Arthur's death on 2nd April 1502, but did they consummate their marriage? They certainly slept in the same bed, but did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor have sex?
 
Find out what people said at the Legatine court hearing in 1529 and the Zaragoza hearing in 1531, and what Catherine claimed, in this talk from historian Claire Ridgway.
 
Huge thanks to Lucy from the UK for asking such a wonderful question.
 
Further reading:
 
Sister Queens by Julia Fox
Catherine of Aragon, Henry’s Spanish Queen by Giles Tremlett
Tudor by Leanda de Lisle
Catherine of Aragon by Patrick Williams
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
Six Wives by David Starkey
Catherine of Aragon by Garrett Mattingly
Did Arthur Tudor consummate his marriage by Kyra Kramer - http://www.kyrackramer.com/2020/01/26/did-arthur-tudor-consummate-his-marriage/
25 June - Catherine of Aragon and Prince Henry are betrothed

25 June - Catherine of Aragon and Prince Henry are betrothed

June 25, 2021

On 25th June 1503, the widowed Catherine of Aragon got betrothed to Prince Henry, second son of King Henry VII.

Find out more about this, the plans for their marriage, and what happened, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:

https://youtu.be/kRs2BF0iI0g

Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for those who love Tudor history. There, you can learn from Claire and many other expert historians and authors, enjoy Tudor-focused magazines and live Q&A sessions with experts, and have access to all kinds of talks, articles, quizzes, virtual tours and more. Try it with a 14-day free trial - https://www.tudorsociety.com/signup/

 

Claire has written some bestselling Tudor history books:

 

On This Day in Tudor History - https://amzn.to/3oceahH

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown - https://amzn.to/3m8KaSi

George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat - https://amzn.to/2TdwyZr

The Anne Boleyn Collection - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T

The Anne Boleyn Collection II - https://amzn.to/3o9LUwi

The Anne Boleyn Collection III - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T

The Life of Anne Boleyn Colouring Books - https://amzn.to/3jkJ5Vz

 

Claire has also done an online history course, The Life of Anne Boleyn, for MedievalCourses.com - https://medievalcourses.com/overview/life-anne-boleyn-mc06/

 

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18 June - Catherine of Aragon protests

18 June - Catherine of Aragon protests

June 18, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1529, Catherine of Aragon made her protest at the Blackfriars legatine court.

What was she protesting about? What were the grounds of her appeal? 

 

Find out in today's #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/FRVvEMVQOfI

 

10 May - Henry VIII’s first marriage is nearly annulled

10 May - Henry VIII’s first marriage is nearly annulled

May 10, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 10th May 1533, the Great Matter, Henry VIII's quest for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, neared its conclusion.

Find out what happened on this day in 1533, and what happened next, from Claire Ridgway, author of several Tudor history books. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:

https://youtu.be/xkjUWHie1OQ

22 April - Isabella I

22 April - Isabella I

April 22, 2021
Isabella I of Castile, one of Spain's famous "Reyes Catolicos" (Catholic monarchs) was born on 22nd April 1451.
 
Hear a few facts about this famous Spanish queen and how she relates to the Tudors. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/YGI6gY94BhM
 
Other events for 22nd April:
April 22 - Henry Clifford, 1st Earl of Cumberland - https://youtu.be/i8T48blcWSA
April 22 - Gaol fever hits! - https://youtu.be/TvLQwIESn88
16 Interesting facts about Catherine of Aragon

16 Interesting facts about Catherine of Aragon

March 28, 2021
Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of King Henry VIII, the mother of Queen Mary I and the aunt of Emperor Charles V, but there are lots more interesting facts about this Tudor woman.
 
In this talk, historian Claire Ridgway shares 16 interesting facts about this Tudor queen consort. How many of them do you already know?
 
Here is the link to the video Claire mentioned, “September 9 - Catherine of Aragon and the mystery of James IV's body” - https://youtu.be/scoxeEPvLk4
November 6 - Catherine of Aragon meets Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

November 6 - Catherine of Aragon meets Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

November 6, 2020
 
On this day in Tudor history, 6th November 1501, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, met her betrothed, Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King Henry VII, at Dogmersfield in Hampshire.

The couple were actually already married by proxy, but had never met, and Catherine had only just arrived in England.

 
Find out more about the lead-up to Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor's meeting on 6th November 1501, including Catherine's journey from Spain to England, how their meeting went and what happened next, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History".
 
You can see the video here: https://youtu.be/m3nE0PKnLng
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, Sunday 6th November 1541, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was abandoned by her husband the king at Hampton Court Palace. She would never see him again. On the same day, Queen Catherine was visited by a delegation of king's council members and informed of allegations made against her. What exactly happened on this day in 1541 and what has this to do with Hampton Court Palace's 'Haunted Gallery'? Find out in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/eeQx3R6f0Do 
October 7 - Catherine of Aragon wins this round

October 7 - Catherine of Aragon wins this round

October 7, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 7th October 1529, Pope Clement VII wrote to King Henry VIII regarding his quest for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

It wasn't good news. Catherine of Aragon had won this battle, with the pope deciding that the marriage was valid, but she hadn't won the war. Henry VIII did get the marriage annulled in the end, but the pope didn't do it.

But what was going on? Why wouldn't the pope help? What was Henry VIII's argument for an annulment and on what grounds did Catherine appeal?

Find out more in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:

https://youtu.be/hTJnfmsmXRU

Philip Campbell’s essay on the Great Matter can be found at https://www.medievalists.net/files/11010101.pdf 

Also on this day in Tudor history, 7th October 1577, author, poet, courtier and soldier George Gascoigne died in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Gascoigne was a gifted poet and was hired in 1575 by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, to provide entertainment for Queen Elizabeth I's visit to Leicester's home, Kenilworth Castle. This was Leicester's last ditch attempt at getting the queen to marry him and he hoped Gascoigne could help him. Find out all about Gascoigne's masque, Zabeta, and what happened at Kenilworth, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/-AaOpqjmAJY 

September 29 - A papal legate arrives for Henry VIII’s annulment case

September 29 - A papal legate arrives for Henry VIII’s annulment case

September 29, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 29th September 1528, the papal legate, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, landed at Dover on the Kent coast.
 
Campeggio and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who had been appointed the pope's vice-regent, were given the task of hearing Henry VIII's case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
 
Find out more about what happened when next, what happened at the special legatine court, and how Henry ended up waiting for his annulment for a few more years, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of several Tudor history books.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/LfHyLWTOcCI
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 29th September 1564, Michaelmas, the queen’s favourite, Robert Dudley, was made Earl of Leicester and Baron Denbigh in front of the Scottish ambassador, Sir James Melville. Elizabeth I made Dudley an earl so that he'd be suitable as a potential bridegroom for Mary, Queen of Scots, but she couldn't refrain from a display of affection during the ceremony, tickling him on the neck! Why was Elizabeth prepared to marry her favourite off to Mary? Find out in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/yljT1Qjod5U 
June 25 - Prince Henry (Henry VIII) gets betrothed

June 25 - Prince Henry (Henry VIII) gets betrothed

June 25, 2020
 
On this day in Tudor history, 25th June 1503, the nearly twelve-year-old Henry, Prince of Wales, eldest surviving son of King Henry VII, got betrothed to seventeen-year-old Catherine of Aragon at the Bishop of Salisbury’s palace in Fleet Street, London.
 
But why did it take them until 1509 to get married? What happened? 
 
Find out about their betrothal and their subsequent break-up in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 25th June 1533, Mary Tudor, former Queen of France, wife of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and sister of King Henry VIII, died at her home in Suffolk. She was just thirty-seven years old. You can find out more about Mary’s ill-health, her death and funeral, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/owq8B02Tzig
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/
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