Title

Katharine of Aragon: Influence and Legacy of a Foreign Queen of England in the Early Sixteenth Century

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

History

Date of Award

Summer 2015

Abstract

The popular rhyme, ??╖divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived,??? accurately depicts the common cursory knowledge of England???s King Henry VIII and his famous wives. However, this sentiment only serves to show the queens as temporary figures in Henry???s life without consideration of their education, power, influence, patronage, or management of their own lives as individuals. The historiography of England???s queen consorts overwhelmingly recognizes their historical importance only in relation to the politics surrounding their marriage arrangements. Through a study of Henry???s longest reigning wife, Katharine of Aragon, this project intends to show the wider historical, political, and cultural significance of queen consorts. The roles she played as Spanish princess, ambassador, queen consort, regent, and finally Dowager Princess of England illustrate her capabilities as an individual female ruler as opposed to simply the wife of a king.

Advisor

Judy A. Ford

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History

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