So Henry VII had three children in this story; Margaret, Henry and James. Katherine was never betrothed to Arthur or anyone else, but Henry. I made Katherine younger and I made Anne a bit older.
Henry and James born July 28, 1491; 25 years old
Katherine of Aragon born December 16, 1493; 23 years old
Anne Boleyn born February 4, 1498; 18 years old
The King sat silently in his office as he looked through document after document concerning the laws of the land about divorce. Henry Tudor had been married for seven long years and in the process he had four children born to him by his wife and Queen Katherine. All four of those children died at birth. Katherine had lost the other three in miscarriages. His Queen was a failure and he was also a failure for not being able to show off an Heir to the other kings of Europe. As it is, if Henry should die tomorrow, his brother James would become the next king of England. He needed a divorce and he needed one fast. He knew the English people would support him, though they respected the Queen because of her beauty and good deeds, they too wanted an English Heir, well this was what Henry told himself, because in truth, the English people would not mind James Tudor becoming King. James was the king's identical twin brother; He was born exactly two minutes after his brother. Two days later their Mother, Elizabeth of York passed away, leaving her two year old daughter, Margaret and two day old sons without a mother.
James was very much like Henry, but at the same time he was so different from him. In physic, James was like his brother. He and Henry towered most of their courtiers with heights of six feet and two inches. They were both well built, and at one point in their lives it was very hard to tell them apart from afar, but today, the King was known to be a bit chubbier than his well trimmed brother. Henry had pale blue eyes and James had dark grey eyes. Not many could tell this difference, because not many people got the chance to be in the faces of the king and the Duke of York, except from their wives and various mistresses.
Where Henry was quite rash and liked to act before thinking, James was one to think before he acted. Henry did not stop at anything to get what he wanted and James was not one to go looking for things he did not really think were important. Both brothers were quite good in getting the attention of women, though their titles did all the work for them, they still proved to be good with poems, songs and dancing, well that was when they were younger. Henry still got all the women he wanted, but that was because he was King, meanwhile James, after the death of his wife seemed to spend most of the time in Wales with his only child and Daughter and hardly ever came to court. He kept to himself and did not like to get involved in many court activities.
The one thing though that both men possessed was their Temper. Both James and Henry had very bad tempers, though it took a lot to get it out of James. When the two had an argument, which they did sometimes in the privacy of Henry's Office, it was quite a site to see.
Henry knew he was King and his brother ought to respect that, yes, but at the same time, his brother was the spitting image of him and Henry was ever so lenient with his brother when things like this happened. And at the same time he was glad the James had the sense to never question him in public, but only in the private when the eyes of the other courtiers will not see, but this being court. The others knew that the brothers went at each other sometimes and when it happened they all knew to stay far away.
"Your Majesty" Henry heard Thomas Cromwell say as he entered his office. Henry sighed putting aside the parchment he was just looking at
"Thomas, I hope you have brought me good news" Henry said and Thomas bowed in response
"In fact your majesty I have very good news" Thomas said "Thomas Cranmer has found a default in the Marriage document and he is able call your marriage null and void on the case that the King and Queen of Spain knew of a sickness their daughter had that could render her incapable of having children" Henry smiled
"What sickness is this?" He asked he never knew Katherine had been sick before
"The Queen had her appendix taken out when she was 10, My Lord" He said and Henry frowned. How could they do that to him? Why would they give him a barren wench to marry?"
"I am glad then" The king said to Thomas. Glad for the fact that he would be able to be with his Anne, but he did keep it in mind to question the queen about this new development into her past. I wonder if she knew.
"There is one thing Your Majesty, Bishop Cranmer has put it to my attention that it be wise to Marry the Queen off to someone in court, for she does have the love of the people" Henry nodded. Deciding to think of that problem some other time
"Is that it?" He asked and Thomas shook his head
"It has also been brought to my attention by Sir Thomas Boleyn that Mistress Boleyn has missed her courses and a physician has been summoned to look over her" Henry smiled brightly before a hearty guffaw escaped his lips
"We mush hasten with this divorce Thomas, I do not want any reason for people to call my son illegitimate" Henry said and Thomas joined the king in a soft laugh
"Yes your Majesty" And with that he was out, off to do what he knew he had to in order to keep the king in good spirits. Meanwhile the King pondered on the problem he had decided to keep for later.
"Who would I marry Katherine off to?" He asked himself thoughtfully.
HAHA. I know how having your appendix out make you incapable of having kids? I figured they did not know too much about these things back then and I was just looking for an excuse. Henry has broken from the Catholic Church by now and I'm not really running on a certain timeline. I hope you liked the first chapter. Review.