28 July 1540 – Fifth time lucky?

| July 28, 2016

28 July 1540 – Fifth time lucky?

On 28th July 1540, at Oatlands Palace, in Surrey, King Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, daughter of Edmund Howard and Jocasta Culpeper, and niece of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The groom was forty-nine years of age, and the bride may have been just sixteen1, and the wedding was a low-key […]

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII marries for the fifth time

| July 28, 2015

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII marries for the fifth time

On 28th July 1540, Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, at Oatlands Palace. His marriage to Anne of Cleves had only been annulled on 9th July, so this wedding was a low key affair. The first mention chronicler Edward Hall makes of the new queen is an entry for 8th August: “The eight […]

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Howard, his Rose without a Thorn

| July 28, 2014

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Howard, his Rose without a Thorn

On 28 July 1540, the same day that Thomas Cromwell was beheaded on Tower Hill, 49 year-old Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was somewhere between 16 and 20 years of age, at Oatlands Palace. Henry VIII’s marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, had been declared null and void on […]

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Wife Number 5, Catherine Howard

| July 28, 2013

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Wife Number 5, Catherine Howard

On the 28th July 1540, Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, the woman he called his “rose without a thorn”, at Oatlands Palace. The King had only just had his marriage to Anne of Cleves annulled so the wedding was private and low key, and therefore is not mentioned by the chroniclers Edward […]