Young & damned & fair : the life and tragedy of Catherine Howard at the court of Henry VIII / Gareth Russell.
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- Young and damned and fair
- London : William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017. , ©2017
xxx, 480 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color); 24 cm
- Catherine Howard, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, -1542.
Queens -- England -- Biography.
Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547 -- Marriage.
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547.
- England July 1540: it is one of the hottest summers on record and the court of Henry VIII is embroiled, once again, in political scandal. Anne Cleves is out. Thomas Cromwell is to be executed and, in the countryside, an aristocratic teenager named Catherine Howard prepares to become fifth wife to the increasingly unpredictable monarch... In the five centuries since her death, Catherine Howard has been dismissed as 'a wanton', 'inconsequential' or a naive victim of her ambitious family, but the story of her rise and fall offers not only a terrifying and compelling story of an attractive, vivacious young woman thrown onto the shores of history thanks to a king's infatuation, but an intense portrait of Tudor monarchy in microcosm: how royal favour was won, granted, exercised, displayed, celebrated and, at last, betrayed and lost. The story of Catherine Howard is both a very dark fairy tale and a gripping political scandal.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-465) and index.
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