To Justify or Not to Justify, That is the Theory

| April 28, 2017

To Justify or Not to Justify, That is the Theory

Thank you to Clare Cherry for writing this guest article for us today. I know Clare is very concerned about how some theories and myths crop up so regularly that they are taken as facts, and yet many of them have very little basis. Goodness knows how many times I’ve had to correct the idea […]

Katherine Howard (1524-1542): A Queen’s Jewels

| March 24, 2017

Katherine Howard (1524-1542): A Queen’s Jewels

Thank you to my dear friend Teri Fitzgerald for writing this guest article on Katherine Howard and her portraiture. Here is an excerpt and you can read the rest if you open or download it as a report using the links at the bottom. Over to Teri… In his meticulously researched and thoughtful biography of […]

13 February 1542 – Lady Rochford and Queen Catherine Howard died repentant

| February 13, 2017

On this day in history, 13th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard and her lady-in-waiting, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, “died repentaunt” at the executioner’s hands within the confines of the Tower of London. Catherine Howard was the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, having married him on 28th July 1540, and Lady Rochford was the widow […]

11 February 1542 – No hope for Lady Rochford and Catherine Howard

| February 11, 2017

On this day in history, 11th February 1542, the bill of attainder against Queen Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, which had been introduced into the House of Lords on 21st January 1542, received royal assent. According to the bill of attainder, Catherine and Jane were guilty of high treason and could be punished, […]

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is escorted to the Tower

| February 10, 2017

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 Catherine with her treachery, had been taken to the Tower the previous night, having been nursed back […]

9 February 1542 – Lady Rochford is taken to the Tower

| February 9, 2017

According to chronicler Charles Wriothesley, it was on this day in history, 9th February 1542, that Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, widow of George Boleyn and sister-in-law of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, was taken to the Tower of London: “This yeare, the 9th of Februarye, a preist, being parson in the Towre of London, hanged […]

21 January 1542 – A bill of attainder against Queen Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford is introduced

| January 21, 2017

21 January 1542 – A bill of attainder against Queen Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford is introduced

On this day in history, 21st January 1542, just over two and a half months after Queen Catherine Howard’s colourful past had come to light, a bill of attainder against the queen and one of her ladies, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, widow of George Boleyn, was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this […]

22 December 1541 – The trials of the Howards and Tilneys

| December 22, 2016

22 December 1541 – The trials of the Howards and Tilneys

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 […]