|Portrait of Katherine c.1520 by an unknown artist|
In 1541 after the Dissolution of the Monasteries Peterborough was deprived of its status as an abbey but it was made the Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Peterborough, allowing it to survive and prosper. Some say that Henry VIII chose to save Peterborough out of lingering respect and affection for the woman that he spent over twenty years of his life with.
Katherine's tomb lies in the North Presbytery Aisle, to the left of the altar and in place of any grand monument or effigy she lies beneath a plain granite slab. In the early 20th century Mary of Teck ordered the royal arms of England and Spain to be displayed above her tomb, and they are there to this day, proudly declaring her pedigree. The railings behind her tomb are decorated with large gold letters declaring that it is the resting place of 'Katherine the Queen', defying Henry VIII's desperate attempts to deny her the title of queen. Affection for this neglected Queen has passed down through the centuries with Englishwomen also named Katherine raising money in the 19th century to replace the stone on her tomb and to hang a wooden plaque which declares her to be "A queen cherished by the English people for her loyalty, piety, courage and compassion". Evidence of her being 'cherished' is further shown through the Katherine of Aragon Festival which is held in Peterborough ever year in late January (for more information click here) and the way that her tomb is usually surrounded by floral tributes and pomegranates.
- Sister Queens by Julia Fox
- Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett
- Catherine of Aragon by Garret Mattingly
|Katherine's tomb in Peterborough Cathedral|