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Tudor Minute November 9: Catherine’s last pregnancy


 Today in 1518 Catherine of Aragon gave birth to a girl, to the great disappointment of everyone. The Venetian Ambassador wrote a letter on the tenth of November saying, “In the past night the queen had been delivered of a daughter, to the vexation of everybody. Never had the kingdom so anxiously desired anything as it did a prince.”

Later in the archives we get more detail about the birth, with it saying that the queen had been delivered in her eighth month of a stillborn daughter, to the great disappointment of everyone. Not much is known about this daughter, but it was another heartbreak for Catherine, and it was to be her last pregnancy.

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.

Episode link:

Pregnancy and Childbirth in Medieval England