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You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeWhile Henry VIII legacy is well documented, his relationship with Cambridgeshire often surprises people.The famous monarch, best known for his six marriages, is closely entwined with the history of our county.One of the most interesting stories is set at Kimbolton Castle, which is home to a private school just outside Huntingdon.Now a majestic manor house, the school has a much murkier history from its days as a medieval castle.Most importantly, it was the place where Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, finally came to rest after being banished by her husband.Henry VIII history in CambridgeshireBanished after a sour marriage Catherine the Queen of England for more than two decades was sent to the castle in April 1534 after she refused to agree to Henry demands to annul their marriage.The couple had six children together, though only two of them Henry and Mary survived beyond infancy.Catherine is widely considered an influential queen. One of her most memorable contributions as queen was starting a programme of relief for the poor.When Henry decided he wanted to marry another woman Anne Boleyn (their relationship lasted two years, before Anne was executed on Henry orders) Catherine refused to agree to annul their marriage.She was forbidden to see or communicate with her daughter Mary, but friends were known to secretly carry letters between the two.Henry offered the pair better living conditions and permission to see one another if they recognised Anne Boleyn as the new queen but both refused.Just before her death, Catherine is believed to have penned a devoted letter to Henry, who she still considered her rightful husband.Catherine of Aragon final letter to King Henry VIIIMy most dear lord, king and husband,The hour of my death now drawing on, the tender love I owe you forceth me, my case being such, to commend myself to you, and to put you in remembrance with a few words of the health and safeguard of your soul which you ought to prefer before all worldly matters, and before the care and pampering of your body, for the which you have cast me into many calamities and yourself into many troubles.For my part, I pardon you everything, and I wish to devoutly pray God that He will pardon you also. For the rest, I commend unto you our daughter Mary, beseeching you to be a good father unto her, as I have heretofore desired..

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