Oh, yes. I was here…with Shakespeare and Henry VIII and the women.
We are back with the four!!
Katherine of Aragon
“Sir, I desire you do me right and justice;
And to bestow your pity on me: for
I am a most poor woman, and a stranger,
Born out of your dominions; having here
No judge indifferent, nor no more assurance
Of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir,
In what have I offended you? what cause
Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure,
That thus you should proceed to put me off,
And take your good grace from me?”
I won’t go into her story. It is too well-known and/or too easy to research.
She is the good woman in Henry VIII.
Destruction of Zoë Palaiologina’s grave – Kremlin, Moscow 1929
Who was Zoë Palaiologina? Otherwise known as Sophia Palaiologina.
She was the daughter of Thomas Palaiologos, Despot of Morea…
Flag of Morea
Am I getting boring now? :o)
She married Ivan III/Ivan IV the Terrible etc etc. See previous posts. And he exchanged her for a younger model.
Zoë was a true Lady of Tartary. The Hordian Princess. She and Ivan ruled over the entire Empire in the 15th century.
She/her story is also reflected in other historical figures besides Katherine of Aragon.
Elizabeth I Tudor and Catherine de Medici.