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Catherine of Aragon
In Her Own Words:
"Sir, I beseech you for all the love that hath been between us, let me have justice and right . . ."

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Henry Says:
"Tell the Queen that I do not want any of her good-byes!"
-1531 response to letter from Catherine of Aragon
Above: Annabelle Dowler as Catherine of Aragon


Catherine of Aragon was a born fighter. She began life on a war campaign against Spain's Moors. She died battling for her rights as queen and those of her daughter, Mary. As Shakespeare would write, she was "the Queen of earthly Queens."

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Catherine of Aragon
Lower right: Catherine of Aragon by Michael Sittow
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