On the 29th January 1536, Catherine of Aragon was buried at Peterborough Abbey, now Peterborough Cathedral. Her marriage to King Henry VIII had been annulled in 1533 so she was buried as the Dowager Princess of Wales, not as Queen, but her resting place is now marked “Katharine Queen of England”.

Also, on this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn suffered her second and final miscarriage, losing “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. It was a devastating blow for Anne and the King, who was desperate for a son and heir, but there is no evidence that this baby was deformed in any way.

4 Responses to “29th January 1536 – Catherine of Aragon’s Funeral and Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage”

  1. lucy says:

    Did Anne find Henry with Jane on his lap on this day too (sending her into a mad rage, prompting the miscarriage?)? Or is this just a colourful story?

    • Claire says:

      The Catholic recusant Nicholas Sander, writing in Elizabeth I’s reign, recorded that Anne Boleyn’s miscarriage was caused by her anger and sadness at finding Jane Seymour sitting on Henry VIII’s lap, but he also wrote that Anne had six fingers, a wen and a protruding tooth, and that she’d had affairs with her father’s chaplain and butler before being sent abroad, so I think we need to take it with a pinch of salt. We just don’t know.

      • Bandit Queen says:

        It certainly seems to be taken for granted by most film makers, but then it is good gossip and it must have been something more than the jousting accident that shocked poor Anne as her miscarriage is a few days later. I would not be at all surprised.

  2. RONNIE G. says:

    I believe that Anne was certainly under a lot of stress, which was not good for her and the pregnancy. Even if she did not find Jane with Henry, she knew he had an interest in Jane. In addition, the accident and not knowing the resulting outcome, was also heavy on her heart. In addition, we don’t know all the other ‘secrets’ she might have been involved in (did she have any part in poisoning Catherine?). Lastly, she knew that the birth of her child would have a huge impact on her future. Lots of pressure for Anne to carry. It certainly could have triggered the miscarriage.

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