Passages in OKC & Catherine of Aragon – they claim she died in Spain. I say WHAT!

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I toured the bible exhibit Passages in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art a few weeks back.  I must say that the exhibit is wonderful but I am sadden and very disappointed that they have chosen to tell their visitors that Catherine of Aragon was sent back to Spain by Henry VIII and died there.  I contacted them to say “To my knowledge Henry VIII sent Catherine of Aragon first to Richmond in 1529 and for some years she was moved between castles in England when in 1534 she was moved to Kimbolten Castle where she died in 1536.  Henry ordered a state funeral for her as the widow of the Prince of Wales (because of her marriage to Arthur, Henry’s brother who died making way for Henry to become king).  She is buried in Peterborough Abbey known today as Peterborough Cathedral in the east of England. Why would Henry have sent her to Spain and then brought her back for burial in England?”  The Retail Manager at the museum emailed me back with the following “I followed up with our scholars today and they informed me that Catherine of Aragon returned to Spain and died there.  They also informed me that this issue is an issue of scholarly debate and we have chosen this interpretation for the exhibit.”

My response is WHAT??  Can you believe that any scholar–or anyone for that matter–who knows Henry VIII’s time period or who took the time to do a wee bit of research would make such a statement.  I have studied Henry VIII for years.  Even had discussions with scholars in England about him and his wives and no where was it said that Catherine of Aragon returned to Spain.    If what the museum’s scholars say is true then I wish they would have enlightened me but they declined to offer any references in the email. 

What do you say? 

Your faithful Scribe, Linda
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8 Responses to “Passages in OKC & Catherine of Aragon – they claim she died in Spain. I say WHAT!”

  1. bosomfriends Says:

    This is appalling! I wonder if they have the wrong person?

    Give us the fellow’s name and email and we’ll reeducate him.

    Nan Hawthorne

  2. Alistair Forrest Says:

    They (the Spanish) will be asking for Gibraltar back next.

    7 January 1536 at Kimbolton. End of.

    Alistair Forrest

  3. Denise Domning Says:

    I add my WHAT!!! to yours. An issue of scholarly debate? If so, then there is only one scholar debating it and that one scholar made it up. Honestly, what woman, believing herself the rightful queen of England, would tuck her tail between her legs and leave the kingdom thus making room for her successor? Certainly not a woman who had fought for decades to regain her rightful position and return her daughter’s status from bastard to heir.

  4. Persia Woolley Says:

    When I was researching Dark Ages Britain for my Guinevere Trilogy I was thrilled to see a comment in a fairly sizeable museum about the discovery of Roman stirrups among recent archaeological finds. Tracking down the curator in order to get more information, I was met with exactly the same attitude–how dare you have the affrontery to question something in an exhibit. Such people must be personally insecure, but it’s a pity to think they are essentially rewriting history.

  5. Kristie Davis Dean Says:

    I agree – what “scholar” would say that? I wonder if it is just a case of “oh no, we were wrong, but we don’t want to admit it”?

  6. themedievalchronicle Says:

    Hello everyone and thank you for your support. I’ve also received many, many emails sent directly to my email address. I’ve been given the names of Board members at the OKC Museum of Art and will be contacting them next week. I’m also contacting scholars that I know personally–both in the USA and England–that know Tudor history. I’m not one for confrontation but I can’t shy away from this because it’s just so not true. I’ll keep you posted. Linda

  7. bosomfriends Says:

    I wonder if they got her confused with someone else?

    What was it she was associated with in the exgivit?

  8. Denise Domning Says:

    Confrontation is a must on this issue! The exhibit is just plain wrong and no amount of dodging will get them off the hook, or prevent them from spending the $$$ to change the exhibit–which I personally think is the source of the reaction by the curator, It’s a lot easier to make you wrong so they don’t have to admit the oops.

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