7 November 1541 – Catherine Howard confined to her chambers

Posted By on November 7, 2014

Tamzin Merchant as Catherine Howard in The Tudors

Tamzin Merchant as Catherine Howard in The Tudors

On 7th November 1541, following their investigation into claims about Catherine Howard’s sexual history, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine’s uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, visited Hampton Court Palace to interrogate Catherine and to arrange that she should be confined to her chambers there. Catherine would be able to move between chambers in her royal apartments, but she would not be able to leave them. Her jewels were also seized so that they could be inventoried. Her time as queen was drawing to a close.

Realising that she was in big trouble, Catherine burst into tears and became hysterical. Cranmer recorded her state:

“I found her in such lamentation and heaviness, as I never saw no creature; so that it would have pitied any man’s heart in the world to have looked upon her: and in that vehement rage she continued, as they informed me which be about her, from my departure from her unto my return again…”

An interrogation was impossible while Catherine was in such a state, so Cranmer arranged to come back the following day. He could not help but pity the young queen.

Also on this day in history…

  • 1485 – Richard III and his supporters were attainted at Henry VII’s first Parliament.

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Notes and Sources

  • LP xvi. 1331, 1333
  • The Remains of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Volume 1, p307-308

3 thoughts on “7 November 1541 – Catherine Howard confined to her chambers”

  1. I think I’ve asked before if anyone can explain the duties of a chamberer, such as Mary Lassells carried out, and also if anyone knows anything further about the girl named ?? Baskerville who was apparently living in the maidens’ chamber in Lambeth.
    Would appreciate any information. Thanks

    1. Claire says:

      When I looked up “chamberer” in the dictionary ages ago it said that it was another word for chambermaid, but I’m not sure. Kate Emerson’s research on Tudor women names a Dorothy Baskerville as serving the Dowager Duchess. Under Katherine Tylney, she writes:
      “She was a member of the dowager duchess of Norfolk’s household at Horsham in Sussex and at Lambeth, along with her sister-in-law, Malyn Tylney (née Chambre), Dorothy Baskerville, Margaret Benet, and Alice Wilkes, at the same time Catherine Howard was in the duchess’s care. After Catherine became queen, Katherine Tylney and Alice Restwold were among her chamberers, as was Margaret Morton, who had also been at Lambeth.” http://www.kateemersonhistoricals.com/TudorWomenT.htm

      1. Thanks, Claire,

        I think it comes originally from Lacey Baldwin Smith, but he didn’t give a reference, if I remember rightly.

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