Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII [Jan 12, 2017] Russell, Gareth - Bee's Emporium

Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII [Jan 12, 2017] Russell, Gareth

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During one of the hottest summers on record the court of Henry VIII is embroiled, once again, in political scandal. The KingÕs marriage to Anne of Cleves has failed, his closest adviser Thomas Cromwell is to be executed for treason and, in the countryside, an aristocratic teenager named Catherine Howard prepares to become fifth wife to the increasingly irascible, unpredictable monarch.Her story is both a very dark fairy tale and a gripping thriller. Born into nobility and married into the royal family, Catherine was attended every waking hour by servants and companions. Secrets were impossible to keep. Based on his research into CatherineÕs household, Gareth RussellÕs history unfurls as if in real time to explain how the queenÕs career ended with one of the great scandals of Henry VIIIÕs reign. More than a traditional biography, this is a very human tale of some terrible decisions made by a young woman, and of complex individuals attempting to survive in a dangerous hothouse where the odds were stacked against them. By illuminating CatherineÕs entwined upstairsÐdownstairs worlds and bringing the reader into her daily milieu, the author retells her story in an exciting and engaging way that has surprisingly modern resonances.Young and Damned and FairÊis a riveting account of Catherine HowardÕs tragic marriage to one of historyÕs most powerful rulers. It is a grand tale of the Henrician court in its twilight, a glittering but pernicious sunset during which the kingÕs unstable behaviour and his courtiersÕ labyrinthine deceptions proved fatal to many, not just to Catherine Howard


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