My name is Annette but please call me Neta! I am a The Tudors and The Borgias fanatic, Natalie Dormer is the Queen of this blog and Francois Arnaud it's King with Anne Boleyn/King Henry VIII and Cesare Borgia/Lucrezia Borgia being it's otp's.
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Two of Alexander’s successors, Sixtus V and Urban VIII, described him as one of the most outstanding popes since St. Peter. His reputation rests more on his considerable skills as a diplomat, politician, and civil administrator rather than as a pastor, although regarding the latter he was no less effective than any of the other renaissance pontiffs.
Catherine (1524-1542) was the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, and sometimes known by his reference to her as his “rose without a thorn”. She was a maid of honour to Anne of Cleves, Henry’s fourth wife but when Henry had his marriage to Anne annulled in 1540, rumours swirled that Catherine was pregnant with his child. Their quick marriage a mere three weeks after the annulment, reflected Henry’s lifelong urgency to secure the Tudor succession by fathering healthy, legitimate sons, especially since he only had one (with Jane Seymour), Edward. Early in 1541, Catherine embarked upon a romance with Henry’s favourite male courtier, Thomas Culpeper. The couple’s meetings were arranged by one of Catherine’s older ladies-in-waiting, Lady Rochford. Catherine’s indiscretions were discovered and she was charged with treason, but she never admitted to infidelity. She did however, admit that she was “most unworthy to be called [Henry’s] wife or subject.” Such wording was typical of the time period, but it appears to have been sincere. She was then taken to the Tower and the night before her execution, Catherine is believed to have spent many hours practising how to lay her head upon the block, which had been brought to her at her request. She died with relative composure, but looked pale and terrified and required assistance to climb the scaffold. She made a speech describing her punishment as “worthy and just” and asked for mercy for her family and prayers for her soul. According to popular folklore, her final words were, “I die a Queen, but I would rather have died the wife of Culpeper,” although this is widely discredited. Catherine was beheaded with a single stroke, and her body was buried in an unmarked grave in the nearby chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, where the bodies of her cousins, Anne and George Boleyn, also lay.