2 November 1541 – The Beginning of the End for Catherine Howard

| November 2, 2013

2 November 1541 – The Beginning of the End for Catherine Howard

On 2nd November 1541, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer left a letter for Henry VIII in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace. He had been given information concerning Queen Catherine Howard’s colourful past and had consulted Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor, and Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford. They advised him to report the matter to […]

2nd November – On this Day in History…

| November 2, 2011

2nd November – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 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 […]

Catherine Howard – The Material Girl?

| February 22, 2011

Catherine Howard – The Material Girl?

Catherine Howard has been on my mind a lot over the past few weeks, due to the BBC finally airing the final season of “The Tudors”, and I’ve been struggling to understand her and how she got into the almighty mess that saw her go from the King’s “jewel of womanhood” to being executed as […]

The Marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine Howard

| July 28, 2010

The Marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine Howard

On this day in history, the 28th July 1540*, Henry VIII married Catherine Howard. Henry VIII was 49 and Catherine was about 20 and it was again a love match, well, on Henry’s side anyway. He had fallen in love with his fourth wife’s maid , a girl Starkey describes as “petite, plump, pretty and […]

The Fall of Catherine Howard

| February 13, 2010

The Fall of Catherine Howard

What a bloodbath it’s been this week! I think you’ll be relieved to hear that these are the last deaths of the week! On this day in history, at around 9am on the 13th February 1542, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, was executed at the Tower of London followed by Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford. […]