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Young and Damned and Fair - The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII-logo

Young and Damned and Fair - The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII

Gareth Russell

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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 judgment 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 treason. 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 reexamining 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, color 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 comp

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jenny Funnell

Length:

15h 58m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

37:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

49:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

34:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

51:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

48:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

43:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

46:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

35:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

43:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

39:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:06:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

38:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

51:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

32:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

54:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

40:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

43:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

34:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:50