Written with an exciting combination of narrative flair and historical
authority, this interpretation of the tragic life of Catherine Howard,
fifth wife of Henry VIII, breaks new ground in our understanding of the
very young woman who became queen at a time of unprecedented social and
political tension and whose terrible errors in judgement quickly led her
to the executioner’s block.
On the morning of July 28, 1540, as
King Henry’s VIII’s former confidante Thomas Cromwell was being led to
his execution, a teenager named Catherine Howard began her reign as
queen of a country simmering with rebellion and terrifying uncertainty.
Sixteen months later, the king’s fifth wife would follow her cousin Anne
Boleyn to the scaffold, having been convicted of adultery and high
The broad outlines of Catherine’s career might be
familiar, but her story up until now has been incomplete. Unlike
previous accounts of her life, which portray her as a naïve victim of an
ambitious family, this compelling and authoritative biography will shed
new light on Catherine Howard’s rise and downfall by re-examining her
motives and showing her in her context, a milieu that goes beyond her
family and the influential men of the court to include the aristocrats
and, most critically, the servants who surrounded her and who, in the
end, conspired against her. By illuminating Catherine’s entwined
upstairs/downstairs worlds as well as societal tensions beyond the
palace walls, the author offers a fascinating portrayal of court life in
the sixteenth century and a fresh analysis of the forces beyond
Catherine’s control that led to her execution—from diplomatic pressure
and international politics to the long-festering resentments against the
queen’s household at court.
Including a forgotten text of
Catherine’s confession in her own words, colour illustrations, family
tree, map, and extensive notes, Young and Damned and Fair changes
our understanding of one of history’s most famous women while telling
the compelling and very human story of complex individuals attempting to
survive in a dangerous age.
(A new book on Katherine Howard! I’m definitely excited, I can’t wait to see what it’s like. She definitely deserves way more attention paid to her, I just hope it doesn’t fall into the trap of using all the old stereotypes about her)
The royals have a "gentlemen's rule" with the media/press, if they wanted Harry not to get so much bad press like they are starting to make King Henry happen, they would. It's not happening.
wait they have a gentleman’s rule? since when?
Was this before of after the ‘Andrew is not Philip’s son’ or ‘Philip has affiars’ ‘Charles should abdicate’ ‘Harry is not Charles son’ ‘Edward is gay’ ‘Sophie and Edward are bad parents’ ‘Harry should be removed from the RF because he is not Charles’ ‘Beatrice and Eugenie are ugly/a disgrace/the gruesome twosome’
when exactly did this gentleman’s rule start where they can control the press?
December 2003 this image was caught by the security cameras at Hampton Court Palace, a huge tudor castle near London.
They kept finding the fire door open even when no one was there. Upon viewing the footage they found this ghostly figure who they said resembled King Henry VIII.
A security officer, James Faukes, called the incident “unnerving,” and said they’d ruled out their costumed guides. “In fact, they don’t even own a costume like the one worn by the figure on the video. It was incredibly spooky because the face just didn t look human,” . -BBC
Do you want to quote more Shakespeare in your life but never find opportunities to say “brevity is the soul of wit”? Do you rarely hang below balconies exchanging love vows with the daughter of your enemy? This is just the list for you.
“What an ass am I!” —Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
“I am not a slut,” —As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 3 (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here,” —The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2
“Commit the oldest sins the newest kind of ways,” —Henry IV Part 2, Act 4, Scene 5
“This is the excellent foppery of the world,”
–King Lear, Act 1, Scene 2
“Making the beast with two backs,” —Othello, Act 1, Scene 1
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool,” —As You Like It, Act 5, Scene 1
“To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee,” —Henry VI Part 3, Act 3, Scene 2 (Works great for courting hot widows.)
“I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me,” —Much Ado About Nothing, Act 1, Scene 1
“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me,” —Richard II, Act 5, Scene 5
“Marry, sir, in her buttocks.” —A Comedy of Errors, Act 2, Scene 5 (No judgement here.)
“My horse is my mistress,” —Henry V, Act 3, Scene 7 (Uh, there might be something wrong with that.)
“Thou dost infect my eyes,” —Richard III, Act 1, Scene 2
“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit,” —Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 5 (“Wit” is Shakespearean slang for penis.)
“[Wine] provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance,” —Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3
“I had rather live with cheese and garlic in a windmill, far, than feed on cates and have him talk to me in any summer-house in Christendom,” —Henry IV Part 2, Act 4 Scene 1
“Now, gods, stand up for bastards!” —King Lear, Act 1, Scene 2
“Villain, I have done thy mother!” —Titus Andronicus, Act 4, Scene 2 (This means exactly what you think it does.)
“And thou unfit for any place but hell,” —Richard III, Act 1, Scene 2
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” —Henry VI Part 2, Act 4, Scene 2
“Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.”
—Othello, Act4, Scene 2