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Catherine Howard
Catherine Howard

Catherine Howard

The Adulterous Wife of Henry VIII

HISTORY

240 Pages, 4.88 x 7.8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: December 2017

ISBN 9781445636764

Rights: US & CA

Amberley Publishing (Dec 2017)

Price: $17.95
 
 

Overview

Henry’s fifth queen is best known to history as the stupid adolescent who got herself fatally entangled with lovers and ended up on the block. However, there was more to her than that. She was a symptom of the power struggle that was going on in the court in 1539–40 between Thomas Cromwell and his conservative rivals, among whom the Howard family figured prominently.The Howards were an ambitious clan, and Catherine’s marriage to Henry appeared to signify their triumph. However, her weakness ruined them in the short term and permanently undermined the power of Thomas Howard, the 3rd Duke of Norfolk. Catherine’s advent has to be seen against the background of the failed Cleves marriage and the policy which that represented. Her downfall should similarly be seen in terms of the reformers fighting back against the Howards, and the fact that she brought down Jane Rochford with her.Politics and sexuality were inextricably mixed, especially when the king’s potency was called into question. It is time to have another look at her brief but important reign.

Author Biography

David Loades was Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales and an Honorary Member of the University of Oxford, History Faculty. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Vice-President of the Navy Record Society and former President of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He was the author of over thirty books on the sixteenth century, specializing in the Tudors. Sadly he has passed away.