Function Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Catherine prefers to make all her decisions based on tangible results, rather than her emotional attachments: she brokers peace treaties and marriages, engages in a continual power struggle with Wolsey, has no problem trading her integrity for a deception when she chooses to conceal her consummated marriage to obtain power and keep her family alliance intact through marriage to Prince Harry, and struggles to understand or control her feelings. When King Henry proposes she marry him instead of his younger son, Catherine feels torn between her love for his son and the political opportunity now before her. She makes her decision based on logical consequence—any children she bore King Henry would come second to his own son and his heirs by a future queen, therefore it is not the most advantageous prospect for herself. Her willingness to ignore emotional sensitivity means she comes across as brash, single-minded, opportunistic, and callous to the people around her. Catherine will refuse to face the facts about her mother and her ruthless reign, rejecting her sister Joanna’s claims about how her mother punished her as a child for her “heresy,” does not want to listen to Lina talk about the brutalities and unjust treatment under the Spanish Inquisition, and remains fixed on her goals of becoming the Queen of England, giving her husband a son and heir, and marrying her daughter to the King of Spain. She senses immediately that Wolsey is out to get her, dethrone her, and rob her of her power, and operates off that assumption, by doing all she can to undermine his proposed alliances and demean his authority. She is so fixated on bearing a son, she considers her daughter to be ‘worthless’ and pays no real attention to her, until a former lady in waiting reminds her that Mary too can rule, and needs no man to support her. Though Catherine can be loving and generous to her friends, she can also be self-absorbed—after the loss of her own baby, she refuses to visit her oldest friend and see her twin boys, because “the pain is much too great.” She sacrifices her sister-in-law, because Catherine has “her own problems” to handle, and does not intend to spend much time fretting about Meg.
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Catherine is ambitious and unscrupulous, willing to push aside her own devout beliefs about virginity and papal dispensations to become the queen. She is highly concerned with how people are looking at her, and tries at all times to keep a demure countenance even when others are attempting to undermine her. She spars with Margaret Beaufort and alters her mood to match that of the queen, challenging some, becoming sweet and demure with others. She cannot stand the idea of people talking about her behind her back at court, and demands to know if Lina has heard anything about the king having a mistress. Later, when she refuses to believe it about Henry, she accuses Lina of lying to and upsetting her. Catherine does not want to take the blame for anything, but also can be emotionally reactive. She and Henry often shout at each other. She tries in every way to ‘help’ him, and also goes out of her way to help other people. Even though she’s angry and upset about Bessie Blount bearing her son a child, when the woman cannot give birth, Catherine snatches up a knife and cuts her so the child can be born alive. She will not visit Lina until her grief passes, but still sends her two wet nurses to help with her burden.