Katherine Howard – Was she really Henry VIII’s “rose without a thorn”?

| August 19, 2014

Katherine Howard – Was she really Henry VIII’s “rose without a thorn”?

Thank you to Lauryn Poe for inspiring this post and to Conor Byrne, Marilyn Roberts and Judith Loriente for the subsequent discussions on this issue. Lauryn contacted me last month to ask me whether I knew of a primary source for Henry VIII referring to Katherine Howard as his “rose without a thorn”. I was […]

Released Today – Katherine Howard: A New History by Conor Byrne plus Free Report on Katherine

| August 14, 2014

Released Today – Katherine Howard: A New History by Conor Byrne plus Free Report on Katherine

A brand new Katherine Howard biography has been released today on Kindle and in paperback – Katherine Howard: A New History. Congratulations to author Conor Byrne on the release of his first book, it’s a great read and really makes you think twice about what you think you know about Katherine. Here’s the blurb: “In […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part Two – The Howards

| August 1, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part Two – The Howards

Last week I wrote about Anne Boleyn’s paternal family, the Boleyns and Butlers, so today I’m going to look at Anne’s maternal family, the Howards. Apologies for the long article, there were quite a few prominent Howards! The Howards were one of the premier families in England and were of royal blood, being descended from […]

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Howard, his Rose without a Thorn

| July 28, 2014

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Howard, his Rose without a Thorn

On 28 July 1540, the same day that Thomas Cromwell was beheaded on Tower Hill, 49 year-old Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was somewhere between 16 and 20 years of age, at Oatlands Palace. Henry VIII’s marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, had been declared null and void on […]

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Set off on their Progress to the North

| June 30, 2014

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Set off on their Progress to the North

On this day in 1541, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, set off on their royal progress to the North, aiming to return to Hampton Court Palace by “All Hallowtide”. Royal progresses allowed the monarch to escape London in the summer months when disease was rife and it was also good PR, […]

21 January 1542 – The Bill of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford

| January 21, 2014

21 January 1542 – The Bill of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford

On 21st January 1542 a bill of attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this bill, the women were guilty of treason and could be punished without there being any need for a trial. Retha Warnicke points out that although the bill was introduced into […]

The Howards’ Miserable Christmas

| December 20, 2013

The Howards’ Miserable Christmas

On this day in 1541, A “very sickly” Agnes Tilney, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London after the fall of her granddaughter, Queen Catherine Howard, begged Henry VIII for forgiveness. She also confessed to having another £800 hidden at Norfolk House. The poor woman must have been terrified, as […]

RIP Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper – 10 December 1541

| December 10, 2013

RIP Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper – 10 December 1541

Today marks the anniversary of the executions of Thomas Culpeper, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII. If you watched “The Tudors” series, you may be forgiven for believing that these men got their come-uppances, after all, Thomas Culpeper was a rapist and […]