Isabella herself, for a brief moment, seemed fated to become queen of England, to be engaged to either he who became Edward IV, or his brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. In the context of Wolf Hall, this factoid prickles my skin because right here we see the the coming history of the wars of religion, particularly in England:
John of Gaunt's daughter by his first marriage to Blanche of Lancaster, Philippa of Lancaster, was great-great-grandmother to Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII and mother of Mary I of England. John of Gaunt's child by his second wife Constance, Catherine (or Catalina), was great-grandmother of Catherine of Aragon as well.
No daughter of a daughter of Isabella I of Castile, and her maternal ancestors could ever conceive of rebelling against the Church, much less assenting to it, or assenting to being divorced. O, Mary, you were so beating against the tide of middle and northern Europe, doomed to be hated by the English, even if you had been more politically intelligent than you were. That's the difference between Isabella's descendants and herself -- she was a political genius.
|Jane Seymour, Wolf Hall, episode 5, Wolf Hall -- the new one for whom Henry VIII is ridding himself of Anne.|
Henry VIII -- his life a true life marriage plot, right?