February 21st in the Lords’ year of 1511, Prince Henry, the first son of King Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon, died.
And finally, a fuckyeah blog for the world's most misunderstood monarch hast arisen!
We all know Henry Tudor the Eight of England as the grotesque, red-headed and bearded womanizer that he became in the last 18 months of his life but my goal will be to bring the truth to all who chose to visit this blog and to prove that while he was a monarch, he was a man also with his own share of insecurities and a jaded childhood that influenced his reign perhaps more then it should have.
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My most dear lord, king and husband,
The hour of my death now drawing on, the tender love I owe you forceth me, my case being such, to commend myself to you, and to put you in remembrance with a few words of the health and safeguard of your soul which you ought to prefer before all worldly matters, and before the care and pampering of your body, for the which you have cast me into many calamities and yourself into many troubles. For my part, I pardon you everything, and I wish to devoutly pray God that He will pardon you also. For the rest, I commend unto you our daughter Mary, beseeching you to be a good father unto her, as I have heretofore desired. I entreat you also, on behalf of my maids, to give them marriage portions, which is not much, they being but three. For all my other servants I solicit the wages due them, and a year more, lest they be unprovided for. Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things.
Katharine the Quene.
Today, January 7th in the Lords’ Year of 1536, Katharine of Aragon died in Kimbleton Castle. Katharine had been removed from the King’s household around 4 years earlier and after a brief stint at the More Castle, moved to Kimbleton where she lived almost as a recluse. She was unable to see her beloved daughter Mary during this time and received very few visitors though in this time of unimaginable, her piousness reached new heights. In December, a month before, Katharine had apparently sensed her own demise and wrote to her nephew, Charles V, asking him to look after Mary after her death. He would stay true to this promise and more in later years. She also wrote a final letter to the King, who she called her husband to the literal day of her death. She passed on January 7th and though many suspected Anne Boleyn’s involvement or that she had even been poisoned, the court infamously donned the color yellow the following day, The Spanish color of mourning. Rumors were numerous of poisoning, especially when the embalming process revealed that Katharine’s heart was discolored though modern sources would remark that Katharine had cancer.
On this day of January 5th in the Lords’ year of 1514, Henry, Duke of Cornwall was christened. He was the second child and first son born in the initial 18 months of his parent’s marriage and upon his birth, he was immediately hailed as heir and Duke of Cornwall. Celebration was widespread including a lavish tournament which is said to be the most pomp in all of Henry VIII’s reign. Displaying his adoration for his wife, Henry rode under Katharine’s favors under the name “Sir Loyal Heart.” Celebrations for Little Prince Hal and the New Year Baby rivaled that of his parent’s joint coronation and at his christening, his godfathers were William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury and Louis XII of France while his godmother was Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy.