Catherine Howard

Catherine Howard

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Catherine Howard, the young, vivacious, and wanton fifth wife of Henry VIII, committed adultery and was beheaded. This biography is a study of how chance and personality, morality and adultery, and social and political forces culminated in her violent death. The book includes contemporary color photos of historical locations and b&w historical illustrations. There are two genealogical tables, one literally unreadable without magnification. Smith is professor emeritus of history at Northwestern University. The book lacks a subject index. It is distributed in the US by Casemate. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A biography of Henry VIII's fifth wife, beheaded for playing Henry at his own game - adultery. At seven o'clock on the morning of 13 February 1542, Catherine Howard stepped out into the cold of the great courtyard of the Tower of London. Slowly she was escorted across the yard and carefully helped up the steps of the wooden scaffold. Only a small group of sightseers had gathered to watch the death of a queen; there was no weeping, no remorse, only chilly curiosity. The axe rose and fell, a life ceased, an episode came to an end. The life and death of Catherine was truly a Tudor tragedy. A mere teenager, the vivacious and flirty Catherine Howard was an unsuitable bride for the elderly and fat Henry VIII. Like most of Henry's wives she had come to his attention at court whilst lady-in-waiting to his fourth wife of only a few months, Anne of Cleves. Henry was soon besotted and came to adore Catherine, his 'very jewel of womanhood'. His head already turned by the 19 year old, Henry never consummated his marriage to Anne, he divorced her and married for the fifth time on 28 July 1540. Lacey Baldwin Smith, one of the finest historians of the Tudor age, narrates the rise and fall of the most tragic of Henry's queens, the woman who dared to cuckold the king of England.

Publisher: Stroud Gloucestershire, : Amberley 2010
ISBN: 9781848685215
Branch Call Number: 942.052092 CAT
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill., ; 24 cm


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