Catherine Howard, executed on February 13, 1542

Today is the anniversary of Catherine’s last walk across the Tower Green, her execution by beheading, and her burial in the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula. Poor girl. She made a lot of bad choices, yes, but I can’t fault her for getting into such a bad situation. Her family was using her for another chance at the throne and, with all respect for Miss Howard, I doubt they could have chosen a less appropriate candidate. She was new to court and didn’t know how to properly behave – and she certainly didn’t know how to behave as queen. She hadn’t been at court to learn from the example of Catherine of Aragon. She had the right look that attracted the king – and attract him she certainly did – never mind the fact that she wasn’t a virgin, or that she was in love with someone else.

That said, Catherine knew how to have a good time: she loved her dancing, her banquets, her masquerades and beautiful gowns and jewels. I miss Catherine Howard now and then. We had some good times together.

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