KATHERINE HOWARD: The Tragic Story


KATHERINE HOWARD: The Tragic Story

JOSEPHINE WILKINSON    Book Number: 82701    Product format: Paperback

Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived! The six wives of Henry VIII are one of his most defining features as a monarch and Josephine Wilkinson dedicates her book to telling the tragic story of Katherine Howard, a victim of those in power including her husband Henry. She may have been raped aged 13 and sexually assaulted at 12. She studies the meagre and unsettled childhood of the to-be Queen as her father struggled to handle the money matters which one can only imagine influenced her in later life, along with her cunning grandmother whose other household girls were all deeply involved in Katherine's fall later on. The detail not only depicts this woman's life, but the way the court hierarchy worked as Katherine's principal placement on the list of ladies in waiting to the previous Queen, Anne of Cleves, identified her as a woman of higher status. The emotive dissection of Cranmer's interrogation of Katherine on her romantic connections with Dereham analysing every response Katherine was recorded to give not only makes us understand her situation at the time but feel for her too, whether you believe that she truly made vows to the suitor, or feel for a woman wrongly accused of promising such a man a ruby. This is an impressive account of one of history's tragic queens. Paperback, 309pp, colour images and photos.
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