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The Receyt of the Ladie Kateryne L (Early English Text Society Original Series) [Hardcover]

Gordon Kipling
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14 Mar 1996 Early English Text Society Original Series (Book 296)
In October and November of 1501, the Tudor court devised a festival to celebrate the marriage of Henry VII's eldest son, Prince Arthur, to Katharine of Aragon, daughter of the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. The Receyt of the Ladie Kateryneis a detailed account of the event, probably compiled as an offical memorial. It chronicles Katharine of Aragon's arrival in England, her triumphant entry into London, her marriage to Prince Arthur, the disguisings and tournament held in honour of that marriage, and Prince Arthur's funeral in Ludlow and Worcester a few months later. Introductions on the nature of the festivities and on the text are followed by the text with appendix, Commentary, Select glossary, Biographical index and Select Bibliography.

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Early English Text Society (14 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0197222986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0197222980
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 14 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tudor Wedding 5 Nov 2001
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Five hundred years ago, on 14th November 1501, Prince Arthur, eldest son of King Henry VII of England married the Infanta Catalina, youngest daughter of King Ferdinand V of Aragon and Queen Isabel of Castile. "The Receyt of the Ladie Kateryne" is a glittering description of the elaborate court ceremonial and code of etiquette devised by King Henry's mother, Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond to emphasis the status of the nouveau House of Tudor among the ruling families of Europe.
Book I recounts the Infanta's journey from the Spanish fleet at Plymouth to London, her unexpected encounter with King Henry and Prince Arthur, and her rapturous welcome by the dignitaries and ordinary citizens of England. This is followed by Book II, a long richly embroidered tapestry, illustrating Catalina's entry into the heart of the City of London in a procession that passes a series of allegorical pageants. Gordon Kipling notes the astrological significance of one magnificent heavenly scene that employed the November 1501 conjunction of the stars Arcturus and Hesperus to illustrate the political alliance of Arthur of England with Catalina whose Hispanic world was increasing in wealth, might, and geographic scale. Books III and IV continue the weaving of this fabulous tapestry with a narrative of the wedding ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, the sumptuous banquets, and lavish court entertainments, tournaments, jousting, and masked balls held at the recently completed Richmond Palace. Book IV concludes with King Henry creating his heir Prince of Wales.
From a historian's point of view, the conclusion to Book IV is wildly inaccurate. Prince Arthur had been created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester in November 1489, twelve years before his marriage to the Infanta.
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