Catherine of Aragon Author:Garrett Mattingly For 24 years, she was wife of Henry VIII. England loved her, and Henry loved, respected and eventually feared her. Wolsey hated her. Twice she saved England, once from invasion, once from Civil War. Here is a rare book, brilliantly readable, buttressed by scholarship and research, which will enable you to see history through new eyes. It is th... more »e biography of the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, who became Henry VIII's first wife, and whose daughter Mary eventually became queen of England. It is the story of a lonely woman, intelligent, loyal and courageous, dedicated to duty and truth, who fought one of England's greatest monarch's to a standstill. No other woman in the Renaissance and Reformation, except perhaps Queen Elizabeth I, influenced the history of England as much as Catherine of Aragon.« less
I loved this book. Watching season one of the Tudors on DVD, I became enamored with the character of Catherine of Aragon, as played by Maria Kennedy (I believe she won an award for her performance). What an admirable woman Catherine of Aragon was, putting up with so much hardship, and yet remaining both true to her husband and to her own conscience, as she stood up for the validity of her marriage and her religion. Garrett Mattingly presents a very readable biography of this inspiring woman, and her times.