On the warm July evening that Henry VIII married Katherine Howard, the men of the Tower of London were burying a body. Only hours earlier, Henry’s once-esteemed Chamberlain, Thomas Cromwell, had been publicly beheaded as punishment for treason. He had been the one to arrange the King’s disastrous and short-lived marriage to Anne of Cleves; a furious Henry had Cromwell charged and sentenced to death. If the English court had possessed a bit of foresight, they might have seen the situation — a failed marriage and blood on the scaffold — as prophetic. They did not, of course, possess such…

Moira Rickett

Moira Rickett is a history student and writer based in Canada's national capital.

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