Greetings to all!
I am so excited to see my second book, The King’s Rose on Amazon! And available for pre-order no less: http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Rose-Alisa-Libby/dp/0525479708/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231460380&sr=1-1
It seems fitting to write a message about Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII and the subject The King’s Rose, so close to Halloween. According to legend, after her execution in 1542 Catherine began haunting a gallery in Hampton Court. She first ran down this gallery upon her arrest at Hampton, shouting her husband’s name as the guards dragged her back to her chambers. Needless to say, the king did not respond to Catherine’s call, and her ghost has continued to traverse this hallway, shouting “Henry! Henry! Henry!” to whoever will listen.
I’ve never had much luck hunting ghosts, but I did travel to England to visit Hampton Court, Westminster, the Tower of London, and other places where Catherine lived. To read my travel journal and view some photos from my trip, please visit these links:
Though I didn’t see her ghost, I definitely sensed Catherine’s presence – particularly in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London, where she is buried next to her cousin, Anne Boleyn.
Happy Halloween to all,