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February 13, 1542: Katherine Howard and Jane Boleyn are Executed

On February 13th, in 1542, at a little after 7 o’clock in the morning, Katherine Howard and Jane Boleyn were executed.  
When the long night of waiting for their executions finally turned to day, both Katherine and Jane began to prepare themselves to face the world for the last time and their imminent execution in their separate chambers, which were comfortable enough, but in no way comforting.  It is doubtful that either woman got any sleep the night before.  Both women began to don the clothing that they had painstakingly picked out for their executions.  One can only imagine the thoughts that were passing through their minds, but Jane was probably recalling the executions of her husband and sister-in-law less than six years before; Katherine probably thought of it too, and perhaps she thought of Culpeper.  Both women knew what to expect, they both came from families that had an intimate knowledge of death by decapitation for treason.  And they both knew how to die well, how to die honorably, how to hide the terror they no doubt felt, and how to accept their fate as tradition demanded, in a gruesome ritual that required the victims to willingly go to their deaths, without a fight or some other “unseemly” spectacle.  

The four ladies that had accompanied Katherine to the Tower helped her get ready.  Her nightgown was removed and replaced with a silk chemise, silk stockings and shoes were put on her tiny feet, and then her underskirts were put on, in order to give her gown the fashionable shape that she liked, followed by a velvet kirtle*, a velvet gown, separate embroidered sleeves, a French hood with gold edging, with leather gloves and a mantle* finishing her ensemble.  The mantle was to protect her from the cold and frost of the early February morning, since the Tower Green was located outside, with little-to-no protection from the elements.  Jane was also assisted in getting dressed, since as the daughter of Lord Morley, she would expect nothing less, and even though she was a convicted traitor, she was still a Viscountess and could not be treated as an ordinary prisoner.  Her black damask nightgown was removed, a chemise was slipped over her head, followed by a kirtle, then plain stockings and leather shoes were put on her feet.  Then she was dressed in a black velvet gown, which was what she had normally worn as a lady of the bedchamber, followed by leather gloves.  She likely would have been wrapped in a mantle as well.  
Sir John Gage, the Constable of the Tower*, was also very busy that morning, since the execution of a Queen was not an everyday occurrence, and there could be no mistakes made.  Because it was so important that everything went smoothly, Gage decided that he could not leave the preparations solely to Sir Edmund Walsingham, who would normally have been in charge of the execution preparations.  But Gage and Walsingham were fortunate in the fact that they had the precedent of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution to follow, so there was no need for constant communication with the Council.  It also helped that Walsingham had been lieutenant of the Tower at the time of Queen Anne’s execution.  The men made sure that the scaffold was properly prepared; it was about three or four feet high, draped in black, and covered with straw to soak up the two women’s life-blood.  Upon it rested the block, which Katherine had used the night before to practice how to position herself on it gracefully.  The headsman had arrived, with his axe; there would be no expert Calais swordsmen for the two condemned women as there had been for Queen Anne.  The Tower guards were prepared; all that needed to be done was for the King’s councilors and the small group of Londoners who were to watch the administering of the King’s justice, to arrive, since the executions could not take place without an audience.
The councilors had spent the night before the executions at Westminster, and when it began to get light out, they boarded the barges that were to take them along the Thames to the Tower, which was about 2 ½ miles downriver.  The Duke of Suffolk was not present, since, according to Chapuys, he was ill.  The Duke of Norfolk was also not present, although the reason why is not known.  Perhaps he was ill too, or pretending to be, so that he did not have to watch yet another niece be executed, perhaps watching Katherine’s execution would have been too difficult, even for him, or perhaps he just wanted to distance himself from the whole sordid affair.  But both Norfolk and Suffolk were well enough to attend a council session the next day.  As for the other councilors, they had no choice but to attend; although for some, like Sir Richard Rich, overseeing the administration of the King’s justice was simply a job to be done, with little feeling.  For others, like Sir John Russell, with whom Jane had stayed for a brief time while she was recovering her sanity, the next few hours would be extremely difficult to witness.  Henry Howard, the Earl of Surrey, was also present, and it is possible that the executions were difficult for him as well, since Katherine was his cousin.
Once the Council and “various lords and gentlemen” arrived at the Tower, the executions could proceed.  And while the remaining official’s identities are unknown, they would have all been at least acquainted with Queen Katherine and Lady Rochford.  And they all no doubt hoped that what they were about to witness would be over quickly.  Gage led the men from their barges, through a security cordon, and to the stands that had been erected next to the scaffold, likely the same wooden stands that had been used for Queen Anne’s execution.  Around the same time the officials arrived by barge, a group of select Londoners walked to the Tower, where they arrived at the western gate, which, while normally guarded, was open so that witnesses could enter the Tower precincts via the Bulwark Gate, which crossed the wide, deep moat.  But the group still had to pass through three more security gates and pass the Bloody Tower before they entered the Inner Ward.  From there, they saw the huge, square walls of the White Tower to their right, and the Beauchamp Tower on their left.  They walked along the west side of the White Tower, turned the corner, and saw it: their destination, the scaffold that would soon be soaked with the blood of a young Queen and one of her ladies.  Allegedly, even more people had come to witness Katherine and Jane’s executions than had for Anne Boleyn’s, probably about 7 to 8,000 people, but that is likely not true.  Probably less than 1,000 people were to witness these executions.  
Now it was time for Gage to fetch the first of the prisoners, Katherine, who would die first due to her higher rank.  Gage headed to the Queen’s lodgings, which were located to the southeast of the White Tower and a few hundred yards away from the scaffold.  He entered the palace area through Cole Harbor gate and climbed the stairs to Katherine’s rooms, where he respectfully knocked on the door before entering.  Katherine was ready and waiting for him, wrapped in her mantle against the cold.  She quietly followed him out the door and down the stairs, followed by her ladies, walked through the gate and around the White Tower, to where the scaffold waited for her.  That short walk to the scaffold must have seemed to take a lifetime, and yet, at the same time, no time at all.  Katherine looked at the assembled group of witnesses, and steadily climbed the stairs, although it should be noted that some sources  say that Katherine was so weak with fear that she needed assistance climbing the stairs and could hardly speak because of her terror.  I am inclined to be skeptical of Weir’s claim, since Ottwell Johnson’s eyewitness account says nothing of the sort and he mentions Katherine’s bravery.  Before Katherine made her final speech, her executioner knelt before her and asked her forgiveness for what he was about to do, which she gave him with her payment, and then she knelt in prayer.  Once she had prayed, she stood and, in a clear voice, addressed the crowd that had gathered to watch the executions.  
An eyewitness named Ottwell Johnson, who was a merchant, recorded the following in a letter he wrote on the 15th to his brother about the executions:
And for the news from hence; know ye, that, even according to my writing on Sunday last, I see the Queen and the lady Retcheford [Rochford] suffer within the Tower, the day following; whose souls (I doubt not) be with God, for they made the most godly and Christians’ end that ever was heard tell of (I think) since the world’s creation, uttering their lively faith in the blood of Christ only, with wonderful patience and constancy to the death, and, with goodly words and steadfast countenance, they desired all Christian people to take regard unto their worthy and just punishment with death, for their offences against God heinously from their youth upward, in breaking of all his commandments, and also against the King’s royal Majesty very dangerously; wherefore they, being justly condemned (as they said) by the Laws of the realm and Parliament, to die, required the people (I say) to take example at them for amendment of their ungodly lives, and gladly obey the King in all things, for whose preservation they did heartily pray, and willed all people to do so, commending their souls to God and earnestly calling for mercy upon Him, whom I beseech to give us grace with such faith, hope, and charity, at out departing out of this miserable world, to come to the fruition of his Godhead in joy everlasting.  Amen.”
Marillac, the French Ambassador, gives a much different account of Katherine’s actions at her execution, and he states that the execution took place closer to 9a.m., but since he was not actually present, it is very unlikely that there is any truth in his words.  He said that “The Queen was so weak that she could hardly speak, but confessed in few words that she had merited a hundred deaths for so offending the King who had so graciously treated her.”
The Spanish Chronicle also gives yet another contradictory report on the events of the execution, but since that was the Tudor equivalent of the tabloid, it is highly unlikely that it is true.  Although it is rather romantic what they have Katherine’s final words being: “I die a Queen, but I would rather die the wife of Culpeper.
Once a pale, but composed Katherine had finished speaking, her ladies stepped forward to remove her mantle and place a linen cap on her head.  Then a blindfold was placed over her eyes and she gracefully knelt down at the block, a movement that she had carefully rehearsed the previous night, laid her head on the block, and waited for the executioner to strike.  He did so swiftly, and her head was removed with a single blow.  One witness report says that the young, teenage girl, who must have been terrified beyond belief, “died well”.  The executioner then picked up Katherine’s head and displayed it to the crowd, to show what befell traitors to the King.
Now it was time for Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford’s, turn to be executed for committing high treason by helping Katherine allegedly commit adultery.  Before she was brought out, the scaffold was washed down with some water and covered with fresh straw, so that Jane would not slip on the blood.  Gage then walked back to the royal apartments to fetch Jane, who was most likely lodged in the King’s or Queen’s apartments, due to the shortage of suitable accommodations for the sudden influx of illustrious prisoners, mostly ones who had been caught up in the Katherine/Culpeper affair.  Jane had not been able to see the execution from her chambers, but she must have heard the spectator’s cries and gasps when Katherine’s head was cut off and held up.  Undoubtedly, the wait for Gage to come fetch her, while in reality only took a few moments, must have seemed like forever.  Gage knocked on Jane’s door, brought her out, led her down the stairs, and past the White Tower to where her fate waited.  Gage treated her with civility and compassion while he escorted her, and by the time they reached the scaffold, there was very little evidence of what had just occurred.  Katherine’s head had been carefully wrapped in a white cloth, and her body had been lain in a black cloak, before her bloody remains where carried to the chapel.  Jane then calmly climbed up onto the scaffold, forgave the executioner, and turned to face the crowd, which would have contained several faces that she knew.  According to Chapuys:
Then Lady Rochford was brought, who had shown symptoms of madness till they told her she must die.  Neither she nor the Queen spoke much on the scaffold; they only confessed their guilt and prayed for the King’s welfare.”  
But Marillac reported that, “The lady of Rochefort said as much in a long discourse of several faults which she had committed in her life.
Ottwell Johnson wrote of how Jane faced her death with composure, bravery, and dignity. Julia Fox , writes of how there is no transcript of Jane Boleyn’s speech, but says that Johnson record’s give us enough information to reconstruct it. According to Fox, Jane said the following:
“She began by declaring her complete faith and trust in God. ‘I have,’ she said, ‘committed many sins against God from my youth upwards and have offended the king’s royal Majesty very dangerously, so my punishment is just and deserved. I am justly condemned by the laws of this realm and by Parliament. All of you who watch me die should learn from my example and change your own lives. You must gladly obey the king in all things, for he us a just and godly prince. I pray for his preservation and beseech you all to do the same. I now entrust my soul to God and pray for his mercy.’”
But Jane, Lady Rochford, never once confessed to giving false testimony against her sister-in-law, Queen Anne Boleyn, or her husband, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, nor did she speak of the offenses for which she was being executed.  The eyewitness accounts of Chapuys and Ottwell Johnson do not mention any such confession, and you can be sure that that would not be something they would have left out.  The source behind the myth that Jane made these confessions is most likely Gregorio Leti, a man who was famous for making up stories and inventing false sources to support his stories.
Once Jane had made her short, final speech, she removed her cloak, had her hair bound up out of the way, prayed, was blindfolded, and then she knelt and placed her head on the blood-soaked block that had held Katherine’s head moments before, and her head was taken off with one swift blow of the axe.  Both women made good and dignified ends.  
After the Executions
Once both women had been executed, the spectators dispersed; they had acted as witnesses and seen the King’s justice performed.  Gage and Walsingham were left to supervise the cleaning up. They had the scaffold washed down again, and then dismantled.  They made sure that the executioner was given his fee and the victim’s outer clothes as payment, then sent him on his way.  The guards were dismissed to their quarters.
After Katherine and Jane’s executions, their bodies were stripped and wrapped in cere-cloth, then their bodies and heads were buried in the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, which was located within the Tower.  Katherine was laid to rest next to her cousin, Anne Boleyn, as was Jane, who was finally reunited with her husband, George Boleyn.  And ordinary life resumed for everyone but the dead: a young Queen who, while guilty of making mistakes and loving the wrong person, did not deserve death, and her older, more experienced lady-in-waiting, whose legacy would be one of jealousy, foolishness, shrewish behavior, complicity in the murder of her husband and sister-in-law, and as “that bawd, the Lady Rochford.”  Neither deserved to die, and Jane’s legacy is one that is completely undeserved, at least according to Julia Fox , whose book, Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford, is one that I highly recommend reading.
*Kirtle – A long gown or dress worn by women.
*Mantle –A loose, sleeveless garment worn over other clothes; a cloak or cape.
*Constable of the Tower – Gage’s offices of constable were more of an honorary position rather than one of carrying out every day responsibilities.  Those were the job of the lieutenant, Sir Edmund Walsingham.  At Queen Anne’s execution, however, Kingston, the then constable, was very much involved, so it is likely that Gage was with Katherine and Jane’s executions.

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February 10, 1542: Katherine Howard is Taken to the Tower of London

On Friday, February 10th, in 1542, the lords of the Council arrived at Syon Abbey to convey Katherine Howard by barge from Syon, where she had been a prisoner since November 14th, to the Tower of London.  Once Katherine realized what they were there for, she panicked, as Eustace Chapuys reported, writing that Katherine did not go without a fight and that “[there was] some difficulty and resistance,” but she was eventually persuaded to climb into the small, covered boat.  According to Alison Weir, the lords of the Council first tried persuasion, then bullying, to get Katherine to board the barge, but she was wild with fear, and they finally had to carry her onto the barge.  It is likely that her panic was caused because until that moment, she had been desperately hoping that the King would spare her life, that her execution would not actually happen.
Katherine was wearing a somber black velvet dress when she was taken.  The procession down the river to the Tower had two barges: the first carried Lord Privy Seal Southampton, other members of the Council, and the servants that were to look after Katherine during her brief stay in the Tower, the second, covered boat carried Katherine and four of her ladies, as well as three or four members of the Privy Council, and lastly came the Duke of Suffolk, “in a big and well-manned barge, with plenty of armed men inside.”  They would have passed under London Bridge, where the heads of Dereham and Culpeper had been impaled since December 10th, and it would no doubt have been a gruesome and devastating sight for the young woman to see the heads of the two men that had once been such an integral part in her life, men that she had loved at different times in her short life, but, thankfully, her barge was enclosed and she could not see the dreadful sight.  When the procession stopped at the Tower’s water gate, the lords disembarked first, then Katherine, who had by this time regained her composure, emerged from her boat and stepped ashore.  Sir John Gage, the Constable of the Tower, greeted her and she was “received with the same honors and ceremonies” that would be afforded to a Queen, much as Anne Boleyn had when she was taken to the Tower after her arrest.  But Gage was quite dismayed to find that his newest prisoner was in such complete and utter distress that she seemed on the verge of collapsing .  Katherine was escorted by Gage to her lodgings, and although it is not known for sure where they were, it is most likely that she stayed in the rooms in the Lieutenant’s House that had been occupied by Queen Anne Boleyn less than six years earlier.  Gage later wrote to the Privy Council that “she weeps, cries and torments herself miserably without ceasing.”
That evening, the Bishop of Lincoln, John Longland, came to hear Queen Katherine’s confession, as well as to offer her spiritual comfort.  Katherine swore to him, “in the name of God and His Holy angels, an on the salvation of my soul,” that she was innocent of the crimes for which she had been accused and condemned.  She went on to say that she had never “so abused my sovereign’s bed,” but she did not seek to excuse the mistakes and follies of her youth; God would be her judge, and she would look for His pardon.  Then she asked the Bishop to pray with her for divine mercy, whilst falling to her knees and begging God to give her the strength to cope with her coming ordeal.

anonymous asked:

Pukey!Louis X caretaker!reader please? Sweet fluffy sickfics are super cute and my guilty pleasure

this is set on louis’ ever after. NO SPOILERS tho. ´ω` )/

“How’s Duke Howard, Your Highness?” Giles inquired after he briefed the princess about her tasks that day.

The princess sighed at the chamberlain’s question, her expression morphing into one of worry. Because of the recent incident, Louis had been working nonstop with considerably less amount of sleep. Eventually, his body succumbed to the fatigue, rendering him bedridden for two days already. “His temperature’s still so high and he’s been throwing up.”

“I have the palace doctor ready just in case,” Giles said which had her smiling gratefully at him. “Duke Howard will be fine, princess. What with you showering him with tender loving care, he’ll be back to good health in no time.” The princess blushed at that.

“(Y/N),” Louis murmured weakly, his head resting against her chest as they cuddled in bed that afternoon. Giles have relinquished her early from her duties so she could spend more time with her fiance. “I’m sorry.”

“What are you apologizing for?” she asked, brows furrowed and her hand gently carding through soft golden locks. Even when ill, the duke’s hair retained its soft texture.

“For worrying you,” Louis replied. His eyes were closed for his world would spin whenever they were open. Resting his burning forehead against her collarbone, he let out a deep sigh. “I should’ve been helping you with the–”

“It’s fine, Louis,” the princess said, cutting Louis off. “Leo and Giles, even Sid are helping me with the Marquis so you just rest up here and get well soon, okay?” She gave him a gentle smile when he pulled away slightly to look up at her.

“I wanna kiss you,” he said which made her blush. He smiled weakly. “But I don’t want to get you sick as well.”

“I want to kiss you, too,” she said, the blush on her face still present. “So if you don’t mind, I have an idea how to do it without getting sick.”

One of Louis’ eyebrow rose as he regarded the princess. He was so curious that he didn’t resist when she moved and hovered above him, her arms resting on either side of his head. Not missing a beat, she pulled the blanket up so that it covered his mouth. Then without further ado, she dipped her head and kissed him on the lips.

Louis, despite his hazy mind, instantly kissed her back. Hands gripping her waist, he leaned up to get to taste her as far as the blanket would allow. It wasn’t enough but they would have to make do for now.

They were both breathing heavily when they parted. The princess leaned her forehead against Louis’ shoulder when his arms came to wrap around her. “I hope that’s enough motivation for you to get well already,” she said after a few seconds of catching her breath.

Louis chuckled softly at that, his arms tightening around her. “You bet.”

Gem-set gold pendant, c. 1570. Gold pendant enclosing triangular shaped cameo of an illustrious lady. Possibly Mary Queen of Scots in enamelled scroll border set with four stones the back similarly decorated with three pendant baroque pearls some stones replaced c. 1720. It was given by Queen Mary to Thomas Howard 4th Duke of Norfolk then by descent.

February 9, 1542: Queen Katherine Howard is Told of Her Sentence

On February 9th, in 1542, according to Alison Weir, Queen Katherine was informed of the sentence that had been passed against her.  According to Weir, the Duke of Norfolk was sent to Syon Abbey on the 9th with his deputies to inform Katherine of the sentence that had been passed against her, but that the execution would be carried out in private, on the Tower Green.  Katherine handled the news surprisingly well, again confessing to and acknowledging “the great crime of which she had been guilty against the most high God and a kind prince and lastly the whole English nation.”  She then went on to ask Norfolk “to implore his Majesty not to impute her crime to her whole kindred and family,” and that Henry might instead extend “unbounded mercy and benevolence to all her brothers, that they might not suffer for her faults.”  Her final request was that the King bestow her clothing amongst her maidservants after her death, since she had no other means of rewarding them for their service and loyalty.  Norfolk promised to tell the King of her requests, and then he left without telling her the date of her execution.  And it appears that Katherine did not fully believe that she would be executed until she was taken to the Tower of London the next day.

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“Louis! What happened?” Giles inquired, worry in his tone and expression as he approached his friend who was pacing back and forth on the lobby outside the emergency room. His blue dress shirt was soaked with blood and his usually neat blond hair was tousled, as if Louis kept running his hand over it in the past few hours.

The blond glanced at Giles for a moment before he let out a heavy sigh. “(Y/N)… we had an argument a while ago and it stressed her out,” he answered, guilt clearly embedded on his beautiful face. “It was my fault. I will never forgive myself if something terrible happens to the both of them.” Even with his words, he visibly shivered at the thought.

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anonymous asked:

How would the suitors react if louis plays violin gracefully ?

let’s just say louis is performing in a party or something, okay? :)

SID: being childhood… friends? acquaintances? well, the point is, Sid already knows about Louis’ talent so when the blond performed in front of everyone, he only sat there, looking so smug and so proud.

BYRON: despite the poker face he kept on while watching the performance, he was actually getting excited. who knew that duke howard was more than just a pretty face? (later on, he managed to corner the duke. I leave to your imagination what happened. hihi)

ALYN: was in awe of Louis’ talent. He knew the duke could play the piano, not the violin. Days later, he shyly asked Louis if they could do a duet someday.

ALBERT: it was obvious he liked the performance with the way he blushed. he blushed even more when he made his way to louis afterwards, complimenting the duke of his playing. Louis blushed as well btw.

NICO: was all smiles, not at all surprised, as if he also knows what the duke is capable of. however, genuine smile made way for mischief when he leaned in and whispered, “will you help me woo the princess with your violin?” (HARANA, DUDE! OHO)

ROBERT: “music is art in its own,” was the only thing the court painter said with a smile. the next time they saw each other, Robert was presenting louis with a portrait of him playing violin.

LEO: “If I wasn’t head over heels with MC, I’d definitely go for you,” he shamelessly told a blushing louis. “But seriously, how does someone so perfect exist?”

GILES: “You sound like you’re in love with Duke Howard instead of the princess,” he told Leo who just smiled. With a sigh, Giles turned to the flustered duke. “He’s right though.”

The King’s Mistresses - 3/5 - Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn was born around 1500 or 1509 according to some historians, at Blicking Hall, Norfolk. Her date of birth seems to be at the end of May or early June.  Anne was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, later Earl of Wiltshire and Earl of Ormond, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. Thomas Boleyn was a well respected diplomat with a gift for languages; he was also a favourite of King Henry VII, who sent him on many diplomatic missions abroad. Anne and her siblings grew up at Hever Castle in Kent. However, the siblings were born in Norfolk at the Boleyn home at Blickling.

Anne spent part of her childhood at the court of the Archduchess Margaret of Austria. It was from there that she was transferred to the household of Mary Tudor, Henry VIII’s sister, who was married to Louis XII of France. Anne’s sister Mary was already in ‘the French Queen’s’ attendance. However, when Louis died, Mary Boleyn returned to England with Mary Tudor, while Anne remained in France to attend Claude, the new French queen. Anne remained in France for the next 6 or 7 years. Because of her position, it is possible that she was at the Field of Cloth of Gold, the famous meeting between Henry VIII and the French king, Francis I. 

Anne returned to England around 1521 where she went to court to attend Queen Catherine of Aragon. Her first recorded appearance at Court was March 1, 1522 at a masque. Prior to her marriage to King Henry VIII, Anne had befriended Sir Thomas Wyatt, who was one of the greatest poets of the Tudor reign. In 1526, King Henry became enamoured with Anne and began his pursuit. Anne was a skillful player at the game of courtly love, which was often played in the antechambers. This may have been how she caught the eye of Henry, who was also an experienced player. Some say that Anne resisted the King’s attempts to seduce her, refusing to officially become his mistress, often leaving court for the seclusion of Hever Castle. But within a year, he proposed marriage to her, and she accepted. Both assumed an annulment could be obtained within a matter of months. There is no evidence to suggest that they engaged in a sexual relationship until very shortly before their marriage; Henry’s love letters to Anne suggest that their love affair remained unconsummated for much of their seven-year courtship.

Anne Boleyn became Queen consort in 1533.

Princess asks, "If you could marry another man from the group, who would it be?"
  • Leo: Giles? *laughs*
  • Giles: Why, Leo I'm flattered. Although I'd most likely choose Duke Howard.
  • Alyn: *scowls* Are you serious? Okay then. Louis.
  • Nico: I'd say Al, but I know he'd beat the crap out of me. I'd choose Duke Howard too since he's been kind to me.
  • Albert: K-King Byron!
  • Byron: *narrows his eyes*
  • Sid: Do you even need to ask? *eyes Louis*
  • Robert: If marrying Duke Howard means I'd get to paint him, then I'd do so.
  • Louis: Byron. Because he doesn't seem interested.
  • Byron: Hmm, true. Although I'd marry myself if I can.
What’s the craziest thing anyone ever said to me? I had just taken over the administration of the Duchy of Howard when my father and I got into a heated argument. I ended up cussing in front of him. To my amazement, and irritation later on, he paused, looked me in the eye and said, ‘You don’t talk to me like that because, Duke, I am you father.’ I had no idea until that moment that he was a Star Wars fan.
—  Louis Howard [in an interview]