Catherine Howard

Here are some articles and resources on Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife and the one he called his “rose without a thorn”:-

4 thoughts on “Catherine Howard”

  1. angelosdaughter says:

    I have always felt very sorry for Henry’s fifth wife and Queen. Catherine was deprived of maternal love and advice by the early death of her mother. Her upbringing in the crowded confines of her grandmother’s house was haphazard and ill-supervised; all sorts of shenanigans took place there, and Catherine probably lost her virtue at an early age. Then she drew the interest of the lecherous Henry VIII from which she was in no position to turn away. She may have been pre-contracted to one of her lovers before it was her fate to draw the king’s notice. She was very young and had never been taught any kind of judgement. It must have been very difficult to have to marry a man old enough to be her father.

  2. Carolina says:

    I love reading about all the wives and I just recently read a biography of Katherine Howard by Conor Byrne and it confirmed a lot of what I suspected. I always hated the way she was portrayed so nasty and ridiculously in the Tudors and many other shows, including Henry VIII which I think Hirst also produced. I never believed she was the happy-free-teen that behaved so recklessly and made fun of others or “she had it coming to her”. I always thought there was something more to her than met the eye and that biography is really an eye opener for everyone that still thinks the worst of her and after reading that I have more sympathy for her. I really enjoy the articles you have of her Claire. Keep them coming!

  3. Mary Sue Smith says:

    My mother told me her grandmother, Mary Bush Bullen, was somehow related to the Boleyns; that the name, over time, had developed into Bullen. Does anyone know about this?

    1. Kat says:

      I think Bullen was the English version of Boleyn, same name.

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