Saturday, January 7, 2012

Catherine of Aragon

And Catherine's hand the stocking threw;
And afterwards, for many a day,
That it was held enough to say,
In blessing to a wedded pair,
'Love they like Wilton and like Clare!'

From Canto IV of Walter Scott’s “Marmion”, in which he refers to Catherine of Aragon, and the custom that wedding guests would visit the bride and groom on the day after the wedding, and throw stockings at them. 

Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, died on January 7, 1536.   

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