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Katharine of Aragon and the calendar problem: a Catholic connection

Katharine of Aragon and the calendar problem: a Catholic connection

Three online sessions on Thursdays before the Winter Solstice animated by psalmist James Conlon, Tudor period researcher.

  1. December 03: Katharine of Aragon sings “Gaudete”: A proposal to start the calendar year in the Spring, again, therefore at or near the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. The importance of Loreto.
  2. December 10: Katharine of Aragon sings “On the First Day of Christmas”: A proposal to alter the rules for leap years. The Gregorian reform in 1582 came about 50 years after the apparition of Guadalupe in 1531, and Katharine’s last years in internal exile (1533-1536). There had been about 10 too many leap days since the Council of Nicaea. A song about Mary on the feast of Our Lady of Loreto.
  3. December 17: Katharine of Aragon sings “In dulci jubilo”: A proposal to align with calendars further East, with the additional suggestion to institute one day once a year outside the 7-day week. The first O Antiphon for the end of Advent. How Loreto figures in the meeting of Christianity with Islam.

The Zoom sessions will last 30-40 minutes starting at 19:00.

To enrol and to obtain entry credentials, please send email to:

Conlon_Calendar AT TalkTalk.net

James Conlon is based in Peterborough and has arranged Katharine of Aragon events in St Luke’s (Orton), and St Peter and All Souls (centre), as well as pious tours to local places associated with Katharine: Buckden Towers (Claretian retreat and conference centre); Kimbolton Castle (mentioned in the Shakespeare play  Henry VIII, now a functioning school; public visits once or twice a year);  Dunstable (where a council in May 1533 decided to annul Katharine’s marriage to Henry), and Ampthill (where she spent her last days as queen, and which has a stone cross and a poem dedicated to her.  The dowager princess (in her husband King Henry’s demotion) was effectively under house arrest for the last few years of her life. She still managed to teach the local people in Buckden embroidery (black work) and perhaps chess. With her unhindered view south from Kimbolton she could watch the pattern of the seasons, especially the sun moving down in the sky as Autumn (Fall) turned to Winter. Using astronomical software we shall re-create the dawn sky around the Guadalupe phenomenon.