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 […]

12 February 1542 – Catherine Howard prepares for her execution

| February 12, 2018

On Sunday 12th February 1542, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was informed that she should “dispose her soul and prepare for death, for she was to be beheaded next day”. Clergyman Dr John White, later Bishop of Lincoln then Winchester, visited Catherine to hear her last confession. Catherine “confessed the miscarriages of her former […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]