The Six Wives of Henry VIII
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Role As Queen
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At the Battle of Flodden in September 1513, the English dealt the Scots a crushing defeat, killing James IV. Catherine sent on the Scottish king's banner and bloodied coat to her husband in France, rejoicing in a letter that "to my thinking, this battle hath been more than should you win all the crown of France."

It was the last time Catherine would exercise such influence. The Treaty of Westminster had proven a sham, and as the star of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey began to rise, Catherine was relegated to primarily domestic concerns - first and foremost, bearing children.


Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII

The queen's interest in learning, however, continued to set an example for the Tudor court. Catherine encouraged Henry's sister, Mary, Duchess of Suffolk, to study Latin and herself acted as the benefactress of two Cambridge University colleges.

In piety, she knew no equal. Catherine attended midnight masses regularly, fasted on Fridays and Saturdays, kneeled for hours at prayer in her chapel and made frequent pilgrimages to religious shrines.

Pious and charitable, Catherine of Aragon enjoyed a healthy popularity throughout her marriage to Henry VIII. As a popular poem would relate, she "lived beloved all her days."

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