16th December 1485 – Katherine of Aragon Is Born

On the 16th December 1485, Katherine of Aragon was born at Alcalá de Henares. She was the youngest surviving child of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile. She was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Catalina of Castile or Catherine of Lancaster.

Katherine was educated by a tutor, Alessandro Geraldini, who was a clerk in Holy Orders. She studied arithmetic, canon and civil law, classical literature, genealogy and heraldry, history, philosophy, religion, and theology. She had a strong religious upbringing and developed a faith that would play a major role in later life. She learned to speak, read and write in Spanish and Latin, and spoke French and Greek. She was also taught domestic skills, such as cooking, dancing, drawing, embroidery, good manner, lace-making, music, needlepoint, sewing, spinning, and weaving

When Katherine was just three years old, it was agreed that she should be betrothed to the heir to the English throne, Prince Arthur. Katherine was destined to be Queen of England, but was later more known for her marriage to Arthur’s brother, Henry (later King Henry VIII). She wasn’t to know that Arthur was to die just a few months after their marriage.

Sources

16 December 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife and Queen Consort of Henry VIII – The Anne Boleyn Files

Catherine of Aragon Wikipedia Page

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