Thursday, January 08, 2009

Question from Mary Ann - Catherine of Aragon's tomb

Why does Catherine of Aragon's tomb at Peterborough Cathedral say "Katharine the Queen" on it? When was that added? Thanks for your help!


Anonymous Tracey said...

I believe it was added by Mary II, queen to George V.

January 09, 2009 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Nasim said...

Antonia Fraser in her work on the six wives notes that George V’s consort, Mary of Teck, ensured the gold lettering above Katherine’s grave. I don’t know why the name ‘Katharine’ was endorsed; it may have been based on a reading of a selection of Katherine’s letters (IIRC in her final letter to Henry VIII she signs herself as ‘Katharine’), or perhaps there was no significant reason but instead just a general preference for that spelling. Katherine did not always sign her name as ‘Katharine’ though (as a letter she addressed to Wolsey that is held in the National Archives, confirms).

January 09, 2009 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann said...

Thanks for the answers! Does anyone know why this was done?

January 10, 2009 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was done because the people who did it recognized her as the true wife of Henry VIII, making her the true queen.

January 10, 2009 3:02 PM  

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