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27 June – Prince Henry breaks up with Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 27th June 1505, thirteen-year-old Henry, Prince of Wales, only surviving son of King Henry VII, broke up with nineteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, by repudiating their two-year betrothal.

It was the eve of their wedding, so why would Henry do this to Catherine?

Let me explain exactly what happened on this day in 1505 and how the couple ended up getting married four years later.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1497 - The executions of Thomas Flamank and Michael Joseph (known as Michael an Gof, or Michael the blacksmith), two of the chief commanders of the Cornish rebels, at Tyburn. They were hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • 1578 – Death of William Bradbridge, Bishop of Exeter, in poverty at Newton Ferrers. He was buried on the north side of Exeter Cathedral choir. His poverty was due to the deception of his sub-collector of taxes, Henry Borough, who embezzled taxes rather than paying them to the Exchequer.

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27 June – Prince Henry breaks up with Catherine of Aragon