Catherine of aragon spanish catalina 16 december 1485 7 january 1536 was queen of england from june 1509 until may 1533 as the first wife of king henry viii she was previously princess of wales as the wife of henrys elder brother arthur. Even catherine could not have imagined that her daughter mary would go on to become englands queen or that mary would give england another spanish royal consort charless son philip giles tremlett is the author of catherine of aragon henrys spanish queen faber and faber 2010. Synopsis born in spain on december 16 1485 catherine of aragon was the daughter of spanish monarchs king ferdinand ii and queen isabella she married henry viii but did not give birth to a . Catherine of aragons reputation may be defined by the acrimonious breakdown of her marriage but during her 24 years as henry viiis wife and queen she proved herself a resolute war leader a formidable intellect and the darling of the english people. The youngest child of the legendary monarchs ferdinand and isabella of spain catherine of aragon 1485 1536 was born to marry for dynastic gain
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