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
Ultimate Fate
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Catherine Howard
In January 1542, with the king's consent, parliament passed a Bill of Attainder condemning to death Catherine Howard and her lady-in-waiting, Lady Rochford, who had assisted the queen in her affair with Culpeper. Though the king never signed the bill, the royal seal was placed on the document to signify his assent. A few weeks later, a frenzied, struggling Catherine was taken to the Tower of London, where many of her family

were already interned. Catherine's uncle, the Duke of Norfolk escaped this fate by abandoning his niece and begging for the king's mercy.

The night before she was to be executed Catherine requested that the executioner's block be brought to her so that she could rehearse for her final appearance as queen. Throughout the night, Catherine practiced placing her head on the block, determined to die with dignity and composure. At around seven o'clock on Monday, February 13, Catherine was escorted to the scaffold.

She was so weak she could barely stand, but managed to make a short speech in which she admitted she was justly condemned. She prayed for the king and asked for God's mercy. A few moments later, the king's "rose without a thorn" was beheaded -- with a single stroke. Catherine's body was taken to the nearby Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, where she is buried near Anne Boleyn. She was not yet 18 years old.


Intro Background Why choose this wife? Role as queen King vs. queen Love Life Children Ultimate fate