Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon is one of my historical crushes. This is one lady that I would have loved to know. The only one of Henry the VIII six wives who was born and raised to be a queen, and the only one who had any remote inkling of how to do it. Catherine was wife, mother, consort, ambassador and military strategist, daughter of two of the most powerful monarchs in Europe, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabel of Castile. Cast aside by Henry in favor of Anne Boleyn and separated from her only living child as a consequence, she maintained until her death her steadfast knowledge of who she was and her refusal to be anyone but herself. She also died of natural causes, which is pretty successful if you look at Henry’s track record.

I sometimes think she gets a bad rap, portrayed as a dour old woman dressed in black who did nothing but say the rosary over and over all day long. She was much, much more. And black can be quite beautiful, as in this gorgeous gown from Moonstruck:

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Catherine’s hair was brownish or reddish if you believe the portraits. Black hair wouldn’t have endeared her to the anti-Arab sentiments of the day, but it’s just so pretty. The new Hawk hair from Wasabi Pills is the perfect style for a lady who wears a crown. And let’s not forget Catherine’s Catholicism. This gorgeous cross from the talented Maxi Gossamer lends an  essential ornament to her costume.

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Let’s not have any claptrap about her physique, either, I am well aware she likely had considerably more meat on her bones than my av. Pish-posh. Let me have my crushes.

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Hawk Mesh Hair – Night shadow by MissAllSunday Lemon

Necklace: Gossamer Necklace – Lost Eden Cross – Short – GOLD + Jet by Maxi Gossamer

Bracelet: Souzou Eien Penance from Rosary Jewelry set by Draconius Timeless

Dress: !! MOONSTRUCK !! CATERINA Black & White by Luna Barak