13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford make the most godly and Christian’s end

| February 13, 2016

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford make the most godly and Christian’s end

On 13th February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, were executed by beheading within the confines of the Tower of London. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded: “And so on the thirtene daie, these twoo ladies were behedded on the Grene, within the Tower with an axe, and […]

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

| February 10, 2016

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

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 […]

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

| January 21, 2016

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

On 21st January 1542, just over two and a half months since Catherine Howard’s colourful past had come to light, a bill of attainder against Catherine and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this bill, the women were guilty of treason and could be punished without […]

22 December 1541 – The Howards and Tilneys tried for misprision of treason

| December 22, 2015

22 December 1541  – The Howards and Tilneys tried for misprision of treason

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 […]

10 December 1541 – Culpeper and Dereham are executed at Tyburn

| December 10, 2015

10 December 1541 – Culpeper and Dereham are executed at Tyburn

On 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, a secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn. Dereham suffered a full traitor’s death, being “hanged, membered, bowelled, headed, and quartered” while Culpeper’s sentence was commuted to beheading. Their heads were then set on pikes and displayed […]

7 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is in trouble

| November 7, 2015

7 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is in trouble

On 7th November 1541, Queen Catherine Howard received important visitors to her apartments at Hampton Court Palace, and they weren’t welcome ones. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine’s uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, had been sent to interrogate the Queen and to arrange that she should be confined to her chambers. Eustace Chapuys, the […]

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 […]

Was it Culpepper or a lack of virginity that doomed Katheryn Howard?

| June 30, 2015

Was it Culpepper or a lack of virginity that doomed Katheryn Howard?

Today we have a guest post from Kyra Kramer author of The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters – thanks so much Kyra! Katheryn Howard began her first Summer Progress as Henry VIII’s queen on June 30, 1541. Was this the beginning of her end? It was on this progress […]