Tuesday, February 13, 2007
This day in England -- 1542
Queen Catherine of England (Catherine Howard) died on this day -- February 13 -- in 1542. She was beheaded on the grounds of treason. Catherine was the fifth queen/consort of Henry VIII. This bit of "this day" trivia reminds me that last fall in Austin, while at the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Sonny Erwin taught me a mnemonic for remembering the fates of Henry's wives -- "divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived". Now most of you probably already knew that, but it was new to me.