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Abuse and Dishonour in the Life of Katherine Howard – Guest Article by Conor Byrne

| December 17, 2014

Abuse and Dishonour in the Life of Katherine Howard – Guest Article by Conor Byrne

Historians, particularly popular writers, have customarily identified Katherine Howard’s relationships as consensual. Believing that she was, in fact, older than she actually was, they have suggested that she was the dominant party in her liaisons. Tracy Borman termed Katherine ‘a sexual predator’, believing that Katherine ‘knew exactly what she was doing’.1 Lacey Baldwin Smith similarly […]

16 December 1485 – Birth of Queen Catherine of Aragon

| December 16, 2014

16 December 1485 – Birth of Queen Catherine of Aragon

Sometime during the night of 15th/16th December 1485 Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to a daughter, Catalina, at Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid. Catalina was the last child of Isabella and her husband Ferdinand II of Aragón and was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Catalina of Castile or Catherine of Lancaster. Of course, […]

10 December 1541 – The Executions of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2014

10 December 1541 – The Executions of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

Following their conviction for treason at a trial at London’s Guildhall on 1st December, Thomas Culpeper, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII, were executed at Tyburn on 10th December 1541. Culpeper was beheaded but Dereham had to face the brutal traitor’s death […]

30 November 1529 – The long suffering Catherine of Aragon

| November 30, 2014

30 November 1529 – The long suffering Catherine of Aragon

On 30th November 1529, St Andrew’s Day, Catherine of Aragon confronted her husband Henry VIII about the way he was treating her, saying that she had “long been suffering the pains of Purgatory on earth” and that she was “very badly treated by his refusing to dine with and visit her in her apartments”. It […]

14 November 1541 – The inventory of Thomas Culpeper’s belongings

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1541 – The inventory of Thomas Culpeper’s belongings

On 14th November 1541, an inventory was taken “of the goods and chattels, lands and fees of Thos. Culpeper, the younger”, the alleged lover of Queen Catherine Howard. The list included two caps of velvet given to him by Henry VIII, swords, daggers, clothing, furniture, revenues from his lands (including “the manors of Zanworth, Haselton, […]

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 14th November 1501, Catherine of Aragon married Arthur, Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral. Giles Tremlett,1 author of Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen, writes of how a huge wooden stage, measuring twelve feet by 350 feet, had been erected in the cathedral. It stood on four foot struts and its railings were […]

11 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer instructed to move Catherine Howard to Syon House

| November 11, 2014

11 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer instructed to move Catherine Howard to Syon House

On this day in history, 11th November 1541, Henry VIII’s council sent Archbishop Thomas Cranmer a letter containing instructions to move Queen Catherine Howard from Hampton Court Palace to Syon House, formerly Syon Abbey. You can read more in my article Queen Catherine’s Move to Syon House. Also on this day in history… 1534 – […]

8 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer Interrogates Queen Catherine Howard

| November 8, 2014

8 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer Interrogates Queen Catherine Howard

On this day in history, 8th November 1541, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer visited Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, in the apartments she was confined to in Hampton Court Palace. His aim in visiting her was to interrogate her about the claims that had been made about her sexual history while she had been living in […]