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Tudor Minute December 15 – Catherine of Aragon is coming into the world

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 15.

Today in 1485 Isabella of Castile was in labor with her daughter, Katherine of Aragon, who was born overnight. Throughout her pregnancy, Isabella was traveling around in Andalucia fighting the Moors. This was in the height of the Granada War, which ended in 1492 when Granada fell, and during 1485 much of Andalucia fell, including the town I live in, Ronda.

Katalina de Aragon was the last of Ferdinand and Isabella’s children, and she was betrothed to Prince Arthur of England when she was just three years old and the Treaty of Medina del Campo was negotiated. She spent most of her childhood at the Alhambra palace in Granda after it fell in 1492, and left for England about a decade later to marry Arthur and become Queen eventually.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com where there is an episode on Katherine of Aragon.


Episode 69: Supplemental; Chat with James Boulton on Katherine of Aragon

Tudor Times talks about Catherine of Aragon

Pregnancy and Childbirth in the Middle Ages and Renaissance