Queen Katherine of Aragon

Katherine left strong impressions on people—so much so that even her enemy, Thomas Cromwell, said “If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History.” Some say Henry married Katherine to get to the throne. Be that as it may, after 12 years of marriage, she grew older and he grew bored. Henry wanted a male heir and Katherine, six years his senior, was too old to give him one. Henry’s move to have their marriage annulled set a chain of events in motion that led to England’s break with the Catholic Church.