Thursday, February 11, 2010

love letters | Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon was The Queen of England. Lucky lady, he celebrity status was brought on by being the first of the many wives of Henry VIII. Winner Henry divorced her in 1533, but love struck Catherine remained devoted to him until her death in 1536. She wrote the follow letter to that gem Henry on her deathbed. If you ask me, it seems like she died of a broken heart. So sad she couldn't move on. I guess we've all been there!


My Lord and Dear Husband,

I commend me unto you. The hour of my death draweth fast on, and my case being such, the tender love I owe you forceth me, with a few words, to put you in remembrance of the health and safeguard of your soul, which you ought to prefer before all worldly matters, and before the care and tendering of your own body, for the which you have cast me into many miseries and yourself into many cares.

For my part I do pardon you all, yea, I do wish and devoutly pray God that He will also pardon you.

For the rest I commend unto you Mary, our daughter, beseeching you to be a good father unto her, as I heretofore desired. I entreat you also, on behalf of my maids, to give them marriage-portions, which is not much, they being but three. For all my other servants, I solicit a year's pay more than their due, lest they should be unprovided for.

Lastly, do I vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things."

As much fun as these love letters have been...
I won't be so sad to see them go.

Bye the one, not one soul, told me what they were doing for Lovers Day.
What is wrong with you people?
Comment already!

Love you.


MonikaC said...

We are going to the temple on Saturday. Other than that we do not celebrate Valentine's Day.

Sara said...

I choose to think that Catherine was just flattering Henry so that he would do what she asked in her letter, which was to provide for her daughter and maids.

What a jerk -- that King Henry. I know he did a lot for England, but in his personal life, he was pretty ridiculous. I hope there was at least one woman who didn't succumb to his advances. :(