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Women’s History: April 23

23 Apr

Catherine of Aragon

April 23, 1533, Catherine of Aragon is annulled by Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was already pregnant–just good family values.  Nothing like starting your own religion (Anglican Church) so you can get a divorce.  Thomas Cornwall said of Catherine: If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History.  After being successfully (cough cough) married for 24 years to good old Hank, she was summarily dismissed from the throne for not bearing a son. Well that and Hank was already carrying on with Anne and other women. Catherine did bear an heir to the throne however. Bloody Mary, ever faithful to her mother and to the Catholic church, becomes Queen of England and restores England to Catholicism, the faith of her mother, Catherine. I think I chose Catherine to celebrate today for her strength and determination.  I have always been saddened that Catherine of Aragon has seemed under-appreciated. To learn more about Catherine of Aragon, click here.

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