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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.

2 comments:

amity said...

Don't forget this was Catherine II. His first wife was also Catherine .. of Aragon. There was also Catherine III, Parr, his last wife, who survived him. Also two Annes, Boleyn, and of Cleves. I guess they were short on women's names back then, huh?

R. L. Vaughn said...

Thanks for the extra information.