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28 July 1540 – One wedding and two executions

| July 28, 2018

28 July 1540 – One wedding and two executions

On this day in history, 28th July 1540, forty-nine-year-old King Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was about seventeen years old, at Oatlands Palace. The groom’s fourth marriage, to Anne of Cleves, had only been annulled on 9th July, so Henry’s fifth wedding was a low-key, private affair and news of the […]

13 February 1542 – A tragic day for a queen and her lady

| February 13, 2018

On this day in history, Monday 13th February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife and queen of King Henry VIII, and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, were executed at the Tower of London after being found guilty of treason by attainder. An eye-witness, London merchant Otwell Johnson recorded that the two women “made the moost […]

11 February 1542 – The bill of attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn is given royal assent

| February 11, 2018

11 February 1542 – The bill of attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn is given royal assent

On this day in history, 11th February 1542, the bill of attainder against Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford “received the king’s assent, given in absentia by letters patent”. The bill had been introduced into Parliament on 21st January 1542 and you can read the full bill in my article […]

22 December – The Howards in trouble and an imprisoned bishop

| December 22, 2017

22 December – The Howards in trouble and an imprisoned bishop

On this day in history, 22 December 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. Read more… Also on this day […]

8 November – A king’s troubled conscience and a queen is interrogated

| November 8, 2017

8 November – A king’s troubled conscience and a queen is interrogated

On this day in history, 8th November 1528, at Bridewell Palace, King Henry VIII made a public oration to “the nobility, judges and councillors and divers other persons” to explain his troubled conscience regarding the lawfulness of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Read more… On this day in history, 8th November 1541, Archbishop Thomas […]

7 November 1541 – The queen is confined to her chambers

| November 7, 2017

7 November 1541 – The queen is confined to her chambers

On this day in history, 7th November 1541, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, received important visitors in her apartments at Hampton Court Palace. The visitors were Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine’s uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and they hadn’t come to exchange pleasantries or pass on a message from the king, they […]

60 second history – Catherine Howard

| June 22, 2017

60 second history – Catherine Howard

It’s the turn of Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, for my 60-second history treatment. As I’ve explained before, the idea of this 60-second history series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Die-hard Tudor history fans don’t, of course, need these videos, but I hope they act as introductions to […]

Parthenope and Iphigenia: The Posthumous Reputations of Queen Catherine Howard by Gareth Russell

| May 30, 2017

Parthenope and Iphigenia: The Posthumous Reputations of Queen Catherine Howard by Gareth Russell

I’m delighted to welcome my dear friend Gareth Russell, author of Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII, to the Anne Boleyn Files today. This article is the first of two and there will be a giveaway of a copy of Gareth’s book tomorrow […]