The queen and queen of England and Wales widow, Catherine of Valois was able to receive a suitable burial of a queen. Originally it was the old lady buried in Westminster Abbey Chapel. When the granddaughter of Henry VII came to power in 1485, which could not be changed.
Around 1503, Henry VII began the renovation of the Old Lady Chapel it is to produce the chapel to Westminster Abbey today. In order to do this, we must remove her grandmother & # 39; s body in a safe place. Catherine of Valois & # 39; corpses were Henry V & # 39; and an open casket for all to see.
When Henry VII passed in 1509, the construction industry in the Lady Chapel was incomplete. It was this year that Henry VIII came to power. Unfortunately, the plan is not the same as his father & # 39; s, which meant that the chapel has remained unfinished, and his great-grandmother & # 39; s corpse is still exposed.
It was not until the middle of the 16th century, the chapel & # 39; and construction was completed. However, if this happened, Catherine of Valois & # 39; One body had not been the original burial site. Bizarre, remained exposed for all to see for hundreds of years. Between the 16th century and the 19th century, parts of the image of his tree were stolen. As a result, one has to stay at Westminster Abbey today looks poorly kept.
one of the birthday of the 17th century, late diarist Samuel Pepys visited corpse & # 39; s. He took the opportunity to hold in his arms and kiss her, before recording an event log entry. If we consider that Pepys lived through some of London & # 39; s worst plague, it is extremely strange that he decided to go lip-to-lip with a corpse was a hundred years old. Of course, Catherine embalmed, but it still seems to be a rather creepy action Pepys & # 39; part.
It was not until Queen Victoria & # 39; and the reign of the 19th century, Catherine of Valois & # 39; body was laid to rest Westminster Abbey. By that time, hundreds of onlookers can descend on her body to pay homage or simply touch Pepys did.
Over the years, people have speculated as to why Henry VII decided to leave his grandmother & # 39; s dead body off the ground. Some believe that he wanted to conceal the origin shakey, which is a descendant of Catherine and Owen Tudor. However, if you wanted to do, he put him out of sight, not beside Henry V
Fortunately corpse is now a more fitting resting place. The year was uncovered, he acted as a source of fascination for many people.