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 […]

The Executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford: An Eye Witness Account

| February 13, 2013

The Executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford: An Eye Witness Account

On 15th February 1542, Otwell Johnson, a London merchant who David Loades describes as “the clothier and victualler whose customers had included many members of the queen’s household”, wrote to his brother regarding the executions of the Queen and Lady Rochford on 13th February. His is the only eye witness account we have and here […]

RIP Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2012

RIP Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

On this day in 1541, Thomas Culpeper, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed at Tyburn. They had been found guilty of treason on 1st December at a trial at London’s Guildhall and sentenced to the usual traitor’s death. Although both men petitioned the King to commute […]