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A Queen Speaks 
2nd-Mar-2008 10:11 pm
memory
I was born Infanta Catalina de Aragón y Castilla, the youngest daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. As a child of two, I was betrothed to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne of England. Just before I turned 16, I became his bride and before Eastertide, five months later, I was a widow, without ever having been a wife.

Arthur was a sweet boy, but frail and so our marriage was never consummated. Almost at once I found myself again betrothed to the new Prince of Wales, Henry, Arthur's younger brother. Not a frail young man, but a child, five years my junior. I sighed and thought to myself that such was the lot of a princess. But as the years passed, Henry grew into a man and such a man as the world seldom sees.

I will not speak upon our married life yet, but to say, I loved him and I knew him as others will never know him. We held each other as we wept at the death of our son, a babe only 52 days old and those that followed who were only hours upon this earth. I knew such love from Henry, I know what history has made of him, but I know his heart. That wild, impetuous, lion's heart that beats within him and will make him a king to rival David.

As you have leisure to speak, I present myself to you, Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England.
Comments 
3rd-Mar-2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
As an almost loyal citizen of England, as well as an avid reader, Bella feels a need to comment.

*curtsies* "Bella Moriarty, Your Highness. It is a pleasure to be introduced to you."
3rd-Mar-2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
*inclines her head in greeting*
A pleasure to make your acquaintance, Mistress Moriarty. It is seldom any come to visit me this far from court.
4th-Mar-2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Catherine of Aragon.Hmm, I should feel honoured, being a Brit myself but..I did enjoy reading of Henry VIII as a child...He was a fascinating man.
4th-Mar-2008 03:43 am (UTC)
My lord husband is indeed a man to whom none can compare.

*concerned*
But you must have care of your words, my child. You refer to the King in the past tense, some may take that as speaking of his death which is treason. I fear your slender neck would be no challenge for the ax.
4th-Mar-2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I doubt they use axes in my time still. We're almost civilized. Anyways, it's a pleasure to have met you, my fair lady.
4th-Mar-2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Then most glad I am to have discourse with you. It is rare to meet one who can speak freely with no fear of King's displeasure
13th-Mar-2008 03:34 am (UTC)
*straightens, pulling shoulders back and clearing throat as he bowed*

Your Majesty. Your humble servant, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Sharpe, 95th Rifles, at your service.
13th-Mar-2008 03:45 am (UTC)
*drops a slight curtsy*

Right glad I am to meet a fine soldier of my lord husband's army, sirrah and much I thank you for the use of my title. You have the speech of a Yorkshireman I believe, if I have the right of it so you may not know much of what happens at court. I therefore must warn you that his Majesty has forbidden all to call me by any title other than Princess of Wales. I would not see so stalwart a man as you come to grief for your loyalty, much as I thank you for it.

Tell me, Colonel, have you served abroad recently?
14th-Mar-2008 01:19 am (UTC)
I've served in Europe and India, your... highness, but have spent the last few years in France, living on a farm. Glad to say there's been little call for my services recently.
14th-Mar-2008 02:08 am (UTC)
You have been to India! If you have time, I would hear more of the land and its people. I have read of the travels of Senor Polo along the silk road and of his time in India, but I would greatly enjoy hearing of the land from one who has seen it with his own eyes.
14th-Mar-2008 02:18 am (UTC)
I doubt what you would hear from me would be anything like the tales that have been told in your court, your highness. There is much of that land that doesn't translate.
14th-Mar-2008 02:25 am (UTC)
The tales told to entertain at court are not those I wish to hear, Colonel. I would hear the truth of the people, of their lives, the customs of the common man.

I have ever enjoyed these things and I believe had I been born a man and not of so high a birth, I would have been a soldier and explorer, for I would give much to see these things for myself, to live rough among the people as one of them.
14th-Mar-2008 02:30 am (UTC)
*smiles, hiding the humour that threatened at the thought of the royal lady in amongst the 'rough' of his lads at one time* Aye, indeed it would be a different view, if you were a man.
14th-Mar-2008 02:36 am (UTC)
*imagines for a moment a life free of the constraint of her husband's will and then crosses herself begging God's forgiveness*

I should not decry that which our maker saw fit to do. I am as he intended, wife, mother and queen, but I do find it difficult at times to be content in the state in which I now find myself.
14th-Mar-2008 02:42 am (UTC)
I don't think that's something you go through alone, if you don't mind me saying. Been a lot of people I've know would give an arm to change their place... in fact some who 'ave.
14th-Mar-2008 03:08 am (UTC)
*slight smile*
I have never minded those who would speak truly, Colonel. I find honesty a refreshing change from the chatter that surrounds me. It is indeed true that there are many who would change their estate and some who dare to reach for a crown and title...at the cost of others.
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