Monday, May 05, 2008

Question from Liz - Catalina as Katherine of Aragon's real name


Was Katherine of Aragon's real name Catalina? Did anyone call her this?



2 Comments:

Anonymous Brittany said...

Katherine of Aragon was born "Infanta Catalina de Aragón y Castilla". Her name was English-ized into "Katherine" or whatever spelling you prefer. Personally I find it annoying that she had to change her name... "Catalina" is so much nicer than "Katherine".

May 05, 2008 9:09 PM  
Blogger kb said...

It is probable that her Spanish entourage used the Spanish version of her name in private. Maria Salinas most likely did. But there was also a push to become English as the princess of Wales and queen of England. So using Katherine would have been part of that political statement.

May 07, 2008 8:34 AM  

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