Katherine Howard (No Other Will But His)

15 Nov

Born: 1518/1524

Died: 13th February 1542

Katherine Howard was the fifth wife of Henry VIII. She was his youngest bride just a teenager. By the time Henry married Katherine he was almost 50 years old. They were married almost immediately after Henry’s annulment to Anne. Katherine was a Lady-in-waiting to Anne while Anne was married to Henry. Henry adorned Katherine and showered her with expensive gifts and jewels. However, this wasn’t enough for Katherine and she embarked on an affair with Thomas Culpeper who was one of Henry’s courtiers. Henry soon found out about his young bride’s affair and he charged Katherine with treason. This led to Katherine and her lover Culpeper to be executed. The night before Katherine was due to be executed she ask if the execution block would be brought to her private room so that she could practice how to place her head on the bloke. On the 13th February 1542 Katherine was executed and she was buried in an unmarked grave with her cousins Anne and George Boleyn.

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