The whole of scripture is inspired and given by God for teaching truth, refuting error, correcting our ways and helping us to live right. This is so those who serve God may become mature…2 Timothy 3: 16 ,17 (Clear Word Bible)
Prince Arthur married Catherine of Aragon when they were both 15 years old. The 10 year old Prince Henry (Henry VIII) escorted Catherine up the aisle. Arthur died 6 months later of sweating sickness. Catherine then at the age of 23 married the king, Henry VIII who was 18 at the time. Catherine became pregnant 6 times but only Mary survived. After twenty or so years of marriage Catherine was dismissed from court and denied contact with her daughter, Mary. She died at the age of 50.
It is said she loved Henry VIII to the end. According to some in the court at the time they were mischievous and had a lot of fun as a couple.
For hundreds of years swans were symbols of wealth and status.(in 1501 one Swan cost 13s 4d and 20 sheep cost 5s) The king claimed ownership of all swans , except those granted to others. Our late Queen still had this right and all the swans on the Thames belong to the monarch. The monarch’s Swan keeper has them counted and checked for injury or poor health each July at “Swan Upping”.
White Swan of cities slumbering in thy nest… white phantom city, whose
Are rivers, and whose pavements are the
shifting shadows of the palaces and
strips of sky.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow(American poet and Educator 1807–1882 His first wife died in a house fire and he died of peritonitis)
Thank you for looking at these swans and reading a bit about them and poor Arthur.