Henry VIII's first spouse, Catherine of Aragon, in highlight in new present

English Tudor king Henry VIII and his six wives are a staple story of costume dramas – now a brand new tv sequence is popping viewers’ consideration to the story of the primary, Catherine of Aragon.

“The Spanish Princess”, a British-American manufacturing primarily based on two books by Philippa Gregory, stars “Sport of Thrones” actress Charlotte Hope within the title position and Stephanie Levi-John as her black lady-in-waiting, Lina de Cardonnes.

Solid members, who additionally embrace Laura Carmichael from “Downton Abbey”, say the present is completely different to previous costume dramas due to its all-inclusive perspective.

“We get a chance to inform (historical past) from the attitude of ladies and to inform the tales of black folks,” Hope advised Reuters in an interview.

“I feel it’s not solely actually vital but additionally actually thrilling that we get to discover one thing that hasn’t been explored but.”

Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536) was betrothed to Arthur, the Prince of Wales and inheritor obvious to the English throne, as a younger little one.

The eight-part sequence follows her journey from sunny Spain to gray and drizzly England. When Arthur out of the blue falls unwell and dies 5 months into their marriage, Catherine finds herself a widower in an odd land, aged solely 16.

Seven years later, after receiving the blessing of the pope on the premise her marriage to Arthur was by no means consummated, Catherine is married to his youthful brother, who has simply been made king.

Henry VIII dominated England from 1509 to 1547. He famously divorced Catherine towards her will, consequently breaking from Rome to develop into the pinnacle of the Church of England.

“We all the time hear the tales from Henry’s facet so…it’s very nice to kind of flip it on its head and be like really there was one other facet to the story too,” Levi-John mentioned.