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Catherine of Aragon was born on December 16 th 1485.
 
She was a spanish princess whom was the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain and was practically born in campaign.
 
Her parents were warriors in the reconquest of spain and they conquested the take over of Latin and Spanish America.
 
In 1491 Catherine shared in her parents conquest when they entered the fairy tale palace of El hambra and the hold of the fall of Grenada which was the last moors and wonin the reconquest of spain and the conquest of Latin America.
 
She was raised Catholic and was immerged into Military triumph and inquisiton.
 
Her faith ruled her life and her mother was her role model whom taught her history and latin to prepare her for greatness and marry foreign rulers.
 
Catherine was betroved to Prince Arthur the eldest son of King Henry VII at a young age and in November 1501 at age 16 travlled to England to meet Prince Arthur and she brought her spanish maids along with her .
 
Once the prince and princess were wed they spoke to each other in latin ,but did not live together as man and wife right away, however they go along so well on their wedding night that they began their married life together as a couple.
 
After an epidemic became rampant in the castle both Catherine and Arthur became ill. Arthur died 5 months after they were married leaving Catherine a young widow.
 
She was faced with the decision to leave England or stay in England and marry again.
 
Her father and King Henry VII came to an agreement that Catherine would marry Arthurs younger brotber Henry,but because of their being related by marriage they had to obtain permission from the church to get married.
 
Sadly Catherine's mother died in November 1504 with this heavy in her heart another heartless blow was bestowed on the spanish princess.
 
Henry refused to marry her on the say so of his father which was a let down for Catherine because of her mother's death in the forefront in the eyes of Henry VII it devalued Catherine as a brideand future queen of England.
 
This meant that Englands ties with with Aragon and Castille were in a stand still with Catherine's father preoccupied with Castille affairs to worry about his daughter over in England which also meant that Henry lost interest in Catherine as his daughter in law.
 
This meant that she was no longer Arthur's widow or Henry's intended wife and was poor while living in England.
 
Empoverished and unhappy while living in England   Catherine appealed to her father to pay the money to Henry VII to allow her to remain in England and begged her father to help her.
 
In 1509 when Henry VII died Henry VIII became the soverign majesty of England and chose her as his bride..
 
In mid summer 1509 Catherine was coronated as  quen.
 
Four months after the wedding she became pregnant,but miscarried the child in January 1510.
 
In 1511 she became pregnant once again and gave birth to a baby boy unfortunately he died 52 days after his birth.
 
Catherine joined her husband on a trip to Dover and took over as ruler of the kingdom when Henry went into battle against the French in 1512.
 
Catherine would go on to give birth to a daughter in 1515 and she would be known to the world as Bloody Mary for the percicution of Protestants when she herself became queen.
 
In 1553 her marriage to Henry was annulled when he fell in love with Anne Boleyn  and married her in a secret ceremony.
 
Catherine objected to Mary's title of princess being taken away from her and it became her mission to voice her grievances with anyone who would listen. Unfortunately her demands fell on deaf ears.
 
She and  mary were forced to live in poor housing while Anne and Elizabeth were living the high life in the castle and the homes belonging to the little princess.
 
Catherine died of cancer in January 1536.