The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Catherine Howard | 1525?-1542
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Catherine Howard

dmund Howard, Catherine's father, was a younger son of the Duke of Norfolk, one of the most powerful peers in the realm. Howard's inheritance was small and he was constantly in debt. Yet though Catherine grew up poor, her ties to the powerful Howard family would serve her well. In the spring of 1540, Catherine's uncle, the Duke of Norfolk arranged for her to go to court as a maid-of-honor to Anne of Cleves. A leader of the faction of conservative Catholic nobles, Norfolk, who had already seen one niece become queen (Anne Boleyn), hoped Catherine's marriage to the king would advance his faction's interests and lead to and his own rise in power. Norfolk would have no qualms about using his niece, nor abandoning her once she fell from grace.

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