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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

2 November 1541 – Henry VIII finds out about Catherine Howard’s colourful past

| November 2, 2014

2 November 1541 – Henry VIII finds out about Catherine Howard’s colourful past

On 2nd November 1541, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer left a letter for Henry VIII in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace detailing Catherine Howard’s colourful past, and how she had “lived most corruptly and sensually”. Cranmer had been persuaded by Chancellor Audley and the Earl of Hertford to relate the story told by Mary […]

Queen Katherine Howard: The Royal Stepmother – Guest Article by Conor Byrne and Giveaway

| October 27, 2014

Queen Katherine Howard: The Royal Stepmother  – Guest Article by Conor Byrne and Giveaway

Today I’m delighted to be the first stop on Conor Byrne’s virtual book tour for his biography of Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Katherine Howard: A New History. Over to Conor… Henry VIII’s children were accustomed to having stepmothers. Mary, daughter of Katherine of Aragon, had five stepmothers; Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, had […]

Conor Byrne’s Katherine Howard Blog Tour and Giveaways

| October 24, 2014

Conor Byrne’s Katherine Howard Blog Tour and Giveaways

Just to let you know that Conor Byrne, author of Katherine Howard: A New History, is doing a virtual book tour next week and stopping at five different blogs to share guest articles and interviews. Here is the schedule: Monday 27th October – Here at The Anne Boleyn Files – Guest article on Katherine the […]