Rochelle sets us a one hundred word flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, every week.

Dear Catherine,
First of all, many thanks for serving as Regent, whilst I was in France, and also for your Battle of Flodden input. I couldn’t have done it without you. I realise why you were Europe’s first female ambassador. You were under-appreciated, when married to Arthur.
Also, I am grateful for your work with young Mary: she’s a credit to you.
However, it seems that I must ask you for a divorce. Sorry about that, but a male heir is everything and I’m getting impatient. Do you think you could move out to Kimbolton by next week?
Love Henry. (100)

PHOTO PROMPT – © Marie Gail Stratford

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21 Responses to Catherine

  1. Alice Audrey says:

    And that set the precedent for much more.

  2. Sandra says:

    And buried in our local cathedral! Loved the brusque despatching tone.

  3. Corina says:

    Good old Henry! He took what he could and then threw her away when he couldn’t have what he wanted. Hhhhmmm I think I know a few like him!

  4. Margaret says:

    I like how you’ve told this story. I often wonder what would really have gone on inside the heads of people like Henry, and one or two others, when they made decisions like this. In fact I wonder about quite a few of today’s leading figures in the same way. Do they have any human feeling at all????

    • micklively says:

      He used her and tossed her aside like a lump of over-ripe offal. She was a remarkable woman: intelligent and very able. Who knows what she might have accomplished, had she born him a son. The only good news was, she probably wasn’t around long enough to catch his STDs.

  5. gahlearner says:

    Reduced to bearing a male heir, the fate of women everywhere for far too long. Good story, I like the contrast between her abilities and great achievement, and of what was ultimately expected from her. At least she kept her head…

  6. This is delightful. A modern take on a very wicked man.

  7. Dale says:

    What a schmuck! He’s in her way, anyway… fun take!

  8. ansumani says:

    Nice take on history!

  9. k rawson says:

    That sounds like Henry! Clever take.

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