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22 February – Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII lose their baby boy

22nd February 1511 was a sad day for King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, for it was on this day that they lost their son, Henry, Duke of Cornwall. The royal couple had been married less than two years and had already lost two children.

In this video, I share an account of this devastating loss.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1540 – Marie de Guise, consort of James V of Scotland and mother of Mary, Queen of Scots, was crowned in Holyrood Abbey.
  • 1571 – Death of John Bury, translator. He had never recovered from a fall from his horse in August 1570, which had resulted in him breaking a leg. He is known for his “The Godly Advertisement or Good Counsell of the Famous Orator Isocrates”, an English translation of Isocrates' Greek speech Ad demonicum.

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  1. R

    This really was a very sad time and he had been a great hope. The tournament is documented on the beautiful role you mentioned and the celebrations had gone on for many days.

    It was shown how much Henry and Katherine loved and were very much grief stricken by the death of their first son by their shared and public grief. A healthy son, lost and his memorial above is lovely.

  2. M

    they must have been bereft and broken.

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22 February – Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII lose their baby boy