Upon finishing Giles Tremlett's biography of Katherine of Aragon, I've come away with an even deeper respect for Henry VIII's first Queen.
In this 日 and age, there has been so much written on the six wives of Henry VIII, and many 更多 that declare Anne Boleyn as the greatest of them all, while the others have been neglected. Indeed, Tremlett's biography is the first since the early seventies to focus solely on Henry's first Queen. And it proves long overdue. Tremlett gives us the portrait of a woman who was not merely a matronly wife who defied a king; she was a strong...
I was about to watch 'The Private Life of Henry VIII' when a 标题 card appeared in the first frame explaining that Katherine of Aragon does not appear in the film because 'her story is of no particular interest'!
I refused to watch the film after that. The nerve to deem Katherine of Aragon uninteresting! She was a fascinating woman - strong, kind, respected, brave. And those are just some words to describe how great she is!
To deem Katherine's story in such a way is just disrespectful. Her story was and is just as interesting as Anne Boleyn's or...
During her childhood, Katherine was well educated, and when she became 皇后乐队 of England she introduced education to women as well as men. She donated large sums of money to colleges throughout England. With her own education proving that a woman was just as intelligent as any man, she made women's education fashionable and popular. A major stepping stone in women's rights!
Katherine was, during her time, and still is the ideal role model for anyone to look up to. She carried herself with...