Katherine of Aragon or is that Zoë?

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.


Zoë Palaiologina


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.






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