Henry VIII, the Reign
Letters & Papers: Volume 1
27 June 1509
84. HENRY VIII. to MARGARET OF SAVOY
Is writing to the Emperor, whom, in consideration of his love towards the late King his father, he makes the participator of his news.
Was charged by Henry VII., on his death bed, among other good counsels, to fulfil the old treaty with Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain by taking their daughter Katharine in marriage; now that he is of full age, would not disobey, especially considering the great alliance between Aragon, the Emperor, and the house of Burgundy by reason of the marriage concluded between the Prince of Spain and the King's sister Mary, and considering also the dispensation obtained from the Pope by Henry VII., the King of Aragon, and the late Queen of Spain.
Accordingly the espousals were made between him and Katharine on the 11th inst. On St. John the Baptist's day they were both crowned in Westminster Abbey in presence of all the nobility. The realm is in as good peace as in the late King's time. Begs she will forward his letter to the Emperor, and certify him frequently of news. Westm., 27 June. Signed. Countersigned: Meautis.