Almost 500 years after her death, there are many people who continue to pay heartfelt tribute to one of the most charismatic queens in history: Catherine of Aragon.
In the beautiful cathedral of Peterborough, England, rest the remains of the first wife of Enrique VIII. And it is here that, every year, on the anniversary of his death, his figure and his works are remembered.
The Spanish diplomat Jose Maria RoblesMinister of Cultural Affairs at the Spanish embassy in the United Kingdom, gives us a concise and accurate summary of, almost more than a queen, a leader.
“She was an extraordinary, advanced, cultured woman, who not only promoted the education of women but also embraced the humanists of the time,” recalls the diplomat. “She is a link that unites Spain and England and she is also and was a beloved queen, adored and mourned by her subjects and therefore she is for us, for the Spanish residents in the United Kingdom and for the Spanish embassy , one of the most important characters in common history”.
Elaine Masterson is a member of the Regal Rose Historical Portrayal, a group of passionate Tudor history enthusiasts who love to accurately recreate their favorite period.
“It’s very moving to walk past where Queen Catherine was buried,” the actress who plays the queen tells us. “It’s touching to be lucky enough to represent her. It’s something very special. And I like to think that she would be happy to know that we are honoring her and that all these wonderful people are coming to this building in her memory because she loved the people of England. There’s no doubt about it.”
Daughter of the Catholic kings, Isabel I y Ferdinand II, Catherine was Queen of England from 1509 to 1533. But by not giving Henry VIII a son, he requested a historic marriage annulment which, in the long run, would break England with the Roman Catholic Church and give birth to the Anglican Church.
All of them events that did not prevent the Spanish woman from being remembered by some and others as a woman worth remembering.
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