The next season will examine the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
, which as history dictates starts passionately but ends in betrayal and bitter feuding.
So we are stuck with Catherine of Aragon
but she's a bit dilapidated," he added.
The libretto, which was originally intended for Gounod, focuses on Henry's renunciation of Rome, the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon
and his subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn.
This oath had required everyone to swear to its three clauses: that any heir of Henry and Anne Boleyn was a legitimate heir to the throne, a clause that both men could accept; that the marriage between Henry and Catherine of Aragon
was null and void, and that the Bishop of Rome (as the Pope was designated in the Act) had no more authority or power in England than any other bishop.
Vives, a Spanish converso Jew born in 1492 in Valencia, whose greatgrandfather was burned at the stake and his ashes thrown onto the public dump for practicing Judaism, may have been ill-equipped to grasp the mood of the English court in 1523 when he presented his Instruction of a Christen Woman to Henry VIII's consort, Catherine of Aragon
, the ill-fated daughter of Queen Isabella of Spain.
The Anglican Church itself separated from the Roman Catholic Church; it was created by England's King Henry VIII in the 16th century after Pope Clement VII wouldn't grant him a divorce from Catherine of Aragon
. The U.S.-bred Methodist Church split apart in 1844 because of disagreements over slavery.
In the preceding years, Cranmer supported Henry in his drive to divorce Catherine of Aragon
, and Cranmer declared the marriage null and void in 1533.
The grand, glorious and gory tale begins as Henry casts aside his faithful Spanish wife, Catherine of Aragon
, and severs England's ties to Rome and the Catholic Church so he can marry and have a son with the scheming seductress Anne Boleyn (Helena Bonham-Carter).
After 13 years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon
, the King had no male heir to the throne.
Catherine of Aragon
's claim, brought by the Americans, for half of the abusive husband's property (including the crown jewels) was considered excessive by the British lawyers."
Orange Order, a creditable third last time at Hexham in a race that has worked out well, should go close in the Catherine of Aragon
Handicap Hurdle (3.50) at Southwell.
DABUS was a most impressive winner at his local track a fortnight ago, turning what was meant to be a competitive handicap into a procession, but Chapman is going further afield in a bid to supplement those gains - to Southwell for the Catherine of Aragon
Handicap Hurdle (3.50).