28 July 1540 – Fifth time lucky?

| July 28, 2016

28 July 1540 – Fifth time lucky?

On 28th July 1540, at Oatlands Palace, in Surrey, King Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, daughter of Edmund Howard and Jocasta Culpeper, and niece of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The groom was forty-nine years of age, and the bride may have been just sixteen1, and the wedding was a low-key […]

20 June 1540 – Queen Anne of Cleves is unhappy

| June 20, 2016

20 June 1540 – Queen Anne of Cleves is unhappy

On this day in history, 20th June 1540, five months after her marriage to King Henry VIII, Queen Anne of Cleves complained to her ambassador, Carl Harst, about the King’s interest in one of her maids of honour, a young woman by the name of Catherine Howard. Read more… Anne of Cleves is one of […]

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford make the most godly and Christian’s end

| February 13, 2016

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford make the most godly and Christian’s end

On 13th February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, were executed by beheading within the confines of the Tower of London. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded: “And so on the thirtene daie, these twoo ladies were behedded on the Grene, within the Tower with an axe, and […]

Ashes to Ashes by Danielle Marchant

| February 13, 2016

Ashes to Ashes by Danielle Marchant

Thank you to author and “Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford” Facebook page owner Danielle Marchant for sharing this guest article with us today, the anniversary of the executions of Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn. Over to Danielle… January and February are usually not the best times of the year and this year has already been exceptionally […]

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

| February 10, 2016

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

On 10th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard was taken from Syon House, where she’d been kept since November 1541, to the Tower of London in preparation for her execution. Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), who was accused of helping her with Catherine’s treachery, had been taken to the Tower the previous night, having been nursed back […]

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

| January 21, 2016

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

On 21st January 1542, just over two and a half months since Catherine Howard’s colourful past had come to light, a bill of attainder against Catherine and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this bill, the women were guilty of treason and could be punished without […]

22 December 1541 – The Howards and Tilneys tried for misprision of treason

| December 22, 2015

22 December 1541  – The Howards and Tilneys tried for misprision of treason

On this day in 1541, members of the Howard and Tilney family, plus their staff, were tried for misprision of treason for covering up the “unlawful, carnal, voluptuous, and licentious life” of Queen Catherine Howard while she lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk at Lambeth. The people listed in the trial documents included Lord […]

10 December 1541 – Culpeper and Dereham are executed at Tyburn

| December 10, 2015

10 December 1541 – Culpeper and Dereham are executed at Tyburn

On 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn. Dereham suffered a full traitor’s death, being “hanged, membered, bowelled, headed, and quartered” while Culpeper’s sentence was commuted to beheading. Their heads were then set on pikes and displayed on […]