Betrothal and Marriage to Arthur
On the 16th of December in 1485, only 47 da...
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...sh King demanded that Princess Katherine be returned to Spain and the first half of her dowry (which had been paid upon her arrival in England) returned with her. This was but the first step in his new plan to try and have his daughter marry the new Heir Apparent, Henry VIII. Henry VII was not happy with this order to return the money he had received, so he played right into Ferdinand’s game of chess and began the process of securing a marriage contract between Henry VIII and Katherine. However, the two men continued to haggle over the amount to be paid for her dowry, and the marriage contract began to fall apart. By the time Henry VII died in 1509, Katherine was still a widow waiting to marry the future King of England.
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New York Times Article
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