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The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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W
hen mention was made of Catherine's parents, Henry VII's reaction was simple: he bowed. Little wonder. Catherine was the youngest daughter of one of Europe's most famous royal power couples: Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, whose marriage had united Spain under one rule. Other dynasties would prove quick to capitalize on this position. Catherine's three sisters and brother would link her with Portugal, Austria, Burgundy, the Low Countries and various German principalities. One of her nephews would be the redoubtable Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. But Catherine also had ties to England itself. The Spanish princess's namesake and maternal great-grandmother had been Princess Katherine of Lancaster, a granddaughter of England's Edward III.
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Above: Granada, Spain/Catherine's parents
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