On This Day: The Birth of Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England

On this day in 1485 was born the 'Spanish' princess, Catalina de Aragon near Madrid, known in the English speaking world as Catherine of Aragon.

England’s Heritage, Peterborough Cathedral Part II – Two Famous Queens

The cathedral is also notable for its association with two famous queens. The first was Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England when she was married to Henry VIII. Catherine was buried here in 1536 and her tomb is still something of a shrine to her memory, with pomegranates very prominent as her symbol because the fruit appears on her badge. Pomegranates are an ancient symbol for fecundity and regeneration.

Poem: Pomegranates

They smile when I shut the heavy, creaking door, from behind their neat wooden kiosks stuffed with pamphlets and insipid books. Smiles of recognition, a nodding acceptance as if to say - 'Oh, it's you!' Volunteer women serving Christ better than those above them in Church. I walk along the emphatic southern aisle under uber-Norman … Continue reading Poem: Pomegranates

Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales – What Might Have Been. Astrology Musings

Prince Arthur was Henry VII's eldest son and heir to the throne of England. Sadly, he was to die aged only 15, just months after marrying Catherine of Aragon and taking up residence at Ludlow Castle as Prince of Wales.

Poem ‘Pomegranates’

Pomegranates They smile when I shut the heavy, creaking door, from behind their neat wooden kiosks stuffed with pamphlets and insipid books. Smiles of recognition, a nodding acceptance as if to say – ‘Oh, it’s you!’ Volunteer women serving Christ better than those above them in Church. I walk along the emphatic southern aisle under … Continue reading Poem ‘Pomegranates’