Catherine of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, was married first to the English crown’s heir Arthur, and following his untimely death, she married his younger brother, Henry VIII. She bore him a child, princess Mary (later known as “Bloody Mary” when she took the throne).
Catherine was cast aside when Henry fell in love with her lady-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn.
He spent years fighting with Rome to have his marriage to Catherine annulled, and when the Pope refused to grant his request, Henry broke ties with Catholicism and founded the Church of England, setting himself up as Supreme Head of the Church.
“Catherine of Aragon” is an acrylic painting from my series of cat portraits featuring the Wives of Henry VIII, part of the “Tudor Cats Collection”.
Archival prints of Queen Catherine can be purchased in my shop, and from me personally at art shows.