Elizabeth of York, Henry VII, Katherine of Aragon, Original Letters, Prince Arthur, Queen Isabella of Castile

Original letters:Katherine of Aragon and Prince Arthur prepare to wed

Elizabeth of York, Queen of Henry VII and mother of the Prince of Wales to Queen Isabella of Castile, the mother of Catherine of Aragon: 3rd December 1497:

To the most serene and potent princess the Lady Elizabeth, by God’s grace queen of Castile, Leon, Aragon, Sicily, Granada, &c, our cousin and dearest relation, Elizabeth, by the same grace queen of England and France, and lady of Ireland, wishes health and the most prosperous increase of her desires. Although we before entertained singular love and regard to your highness above all other queens in the world, as well for the consanguinity and necessary intercourse which mutually take place between us, as also for the eminent dignity and virtue by which your said majesty so shines and excels that your most celebrated name is noised abroad and diffused everywhere ; yet much more has this our love increased and accumulated by the accession of the most noble affinity which has recently been celebrated between the most illustrious Lord Arthur prince of Wales, our eldest son, and the most illustrious princess the Lady Catherine, the infanta, your daughter. Hence it is that, amongst our other cares and cogitations, first and foremost we wish and desire from our heart that we may often and speedily hear of the health and safety of your serenity, and of the health and safety of the aforesaid most illustrious Lady Catherine, whom we think of and esteem as our own daughter, than which nothing can be more grateful and acceptable to us. Therefore we request your serenity to certify of your estate, and of that of the aforesaid most illustrious Lady Catherine our common daughter. And if there be any thing in our power which would be grateful or pleasant to your majesty, use us and ours as freely as you would your own ; for, with most willing mind, we offer all that we have to you, and wish to have all in common with you. We should have written you the news of our state, and of that of this kingdom, but the most serene lord the king, our husband, will have written at length of these things to your majesties. For the rest may your majesty fare most happily according to your wishes.

From our palace of Westminster, Elizabeth R.

(Letters of royal, and illustrious ladies of Great Britain: Volume 1, Mary Anne Everett Wood, London 1846, pages 114-115)

14th Dec 1497: Henry VII to Queen Isabella.

Has received her and King Ferdinand’s letter. Thanks them for their love, and loves them so much himself that it is quite impossible to imagine a greater or more sincere affection. The marriage of their children will secure the everlasting continuation of their friendship. The friendship between them is so intimate that neither letters nor signs can express it. Nevertheless, promises to conclude a more intimate friendship after the marriage… Westminster, 14th December 1497. Latin

(Calendar of Letters, Dispatches, and State Papers, Volume 1, edited by G. A. Bergenroth, page:146, London 1862)

25th September 1498: 227. De Puebla to Ferdinand and Isabella:

The King and Queen of England and the mother of the King desire much to see the Princess of Wales as soon as possible in England. They flatter themselves that she will come next year, now that the Pope has dispensed with the age of the Prince and Princess of Wales. The earlier she comes, they say, the easier will she learn the language and assume the customs of the country. ..

(Calendar of Letters, Dispatches, and State Papers, Volume 1, edited by G. A. Bergenroth, page:197 London 1862)

30th March 1499: 240. De Puebla to Ferdinand and Isabella:

Conversations with Henry VII. …The Prince of Wales desires likewise to have a few lines from the Princess of Wales his wife. Begs them to send the much hoped for letters… the English are impatient to behold the face of the Princess of Wales. Notwithstanding, does not press her coming to England if they do not like to send her directly.

(Letters of royal, and illustrious ladies of Great Britain: Volume 1, Mary Anne Everett Wood, London 1846, page 121)

5th October 1499: Prince Arthur Tudor the Prince of Wales to Katherine of Aragon: in Latin:

To the most illustrious and excellent princess, the Lady Catherine, princess of Wales, duchess of Cornwall, &c., my most entirely beloved spouse. I wish you very much health, with my hearty recommendation.

I have read the most sweet letters of your highness lately given to me, from which I have easily perceived your most entire love to me. Truly those your letters, traced by your own hand, have so delighted me, and have rendered me so cheerful and jocund, that I fancied I beheld your highness and conversed with and embraced my dearest wife. I cannot tell you what an earnest desire I feel to see your highness, and how vexatious to me is this procrastination about your coming. I owe eternal thanks to your excellence that you so lovingly correspond to this my so ardent love. Let it continue, I entreat, as it has begun; and, like as I cherish your sweet remembrance night and day, so do you preserve my name ever fresh in your breast. And let your coming to me be hastened, that instead of being absent we may be present with each other, and the love conceived between us and the wished-for joys may reap their proper fruit.

Moreover I have done as your illustrious highness enjoined me, that is to say, in commending you to the most serene lord and lady the king and queen my parents, and in declaring your filial regard towards them, which to them was most pleasing to hear, especially from my lips. I also beseech your highness that it may please you to exercise a similar good office for me, and to commend me with hearty good will to my most serene lord and lady your parents; for I greatly value, venerate, and esteem them, even as though they were my own, and wish them all happiness and prosperity.

May your highness be ever fortunate and happy, and be kept safe and joyful, and let me know it often and speedily by your letters, which will be to me most joyous. From our castle of Ludlow. 5th of October, 1499.

Your highness’ most loving spouse,

Arthur, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, etc.

Eldest son of the King.

(Letters of royal, and illustrious ladies of Great Britain: Volume 1, Mary Anne Everett Wood, London 1846, page 121-122)

The photograph is a Flemish tapestry depicting Arthur and Catherine’s court. It is in the public domain.

Original Letters, Thomas Cranmer, Uncategorized

Cranmer’s Original letter: Two men sent to the fire and the coronation of Anne Boleyn

To the English ambassador at the Emperor’s court From Archbishop Cranmer: 17th June 1533:

In my most hearty wise I commend me unto you and even so would be right glad to hear of your welfare, &c. This be to advertise you that in as much as you now and then take some pains in writing unto me, I would be loathe you should think your labour utterly lost and forgotten for lake of writing again; therefore and by cause I reckon you be some deal desirous of such new is as hathe been here with us of late in the Kings Graces matters, I intend to inform you a parte there of according to the tenure and purport used in that behalf.

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