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Was Katherine Howard really a willing party in her relations with her lovers, or was she a victim of sexual abuse? Conor Byrne, over at the Anne Boleyn Files, shares his views on this young Queen: The early modern period, moreover, saw muddy distinctions between ‘persuasion’, ‘seduction’ and ‘rape’, all of which were terms to
On this day in history, 13th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, was executed at the Tower of London. Her crime? She was found guilty of having committed adultery with Thomas Culpeper and hiding her colourful past from the king. This meant that, even if Catherine, like she swore, had
Over at The History Files, Conor Byrne explains why, to fully understand Henry VIII’s fifth wife, the young Catherine Howard, we need to take into consideration her genre. To quote: As has been noted, none of the four males involved in Katherine’s sexual life assumed responsibility for his actions; in all, she was portrayed
Divorced, beheaded, died; Divorced, beheaded, survived. The Betrayed Wife, The Temptress, The Good Wife, The Ugly Sister, The Bad Girl and The Mother Figure. The six women who have married Henry VIII and helped shape the events of the era are known to us only by the way they died and by the stereotypes that