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Dig the sleeve-age! (Isabella I of Castile, mother to Katherine of Aragon and maternal grandmother of Mary I of England. Detail from The Virgin of the Catholic Monarchs by an unknown artist which depicts Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile).
Isabella of Castile (1451-1504), mother of Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of Henry VIII. Isabella proved her abilities as a powerful ruler time and again. In one example, when a rebellion broke out in Segovia, Isabella rode out to suppress it, as her husband was off fighting at the time. Going against the advice of her male advisors, Isabella rode by herself into the city to negotiate with the rebels. She was successful and the rebellion was quickly brought to an end.
Upon the death of Isabella of Castile in November 1504,Joanna became Queen regnant of Castile,her husband de jure uxoris King;Joanna's father, Ferdinand,lost his title of 'King of Castile',although his wife's will permitted him to govern the country in Joanna's absence,if Joanna was unwilling to rule it herself,until Charles reached the age of 20. by lisby1, via Flickr
Henry called Catherine Howard his "Rose Without a Thorn". Catherine married Henry VIII on 28 July 1540, at Oatlands Palace, in Surrey, almost immediately after the annulment of his marriage to Anne of Cleves was arranged. However, Catherine Howard was beheaded after less than two years of marriage to Henry on the grounds of treason for committing adultery while married to the King. Catherine was the third of Henry's consorts to have been a member of the English gentry.
Catherine of Aragon 1485-1536, Queen of England, circa 1520, Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church Commissioners on loan to NPG London