British Monarch. She reigned as Queen of England after becoming the fifth wife of King Henry VIII. The daughter of Lord Edmund Howard and Joyce Culpeper. Her mother died when she was very young, and she was raised by her grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, at whose household she was poorly looked after and allowed to run wild. She was brought to court in 1540, perhaps with the express intention of captivating Henry, which she did. She served as a lady in waiting to Anne of Cleves, and when that marriage was annulled, was married to Henry in July of that year. Henry was 49, Katherine was 17. Within a year of the marriage, she was secretly meeting with old lovers, and even appointed one of them as her secretary. When Henry became aware of this behavior, he ordered an investigation. Katherine admitted to her past indiscretions, but maintained that she'd been faithful to Henry. She was accused of high treason and executed on February 13. She was laid to rest next to her cousin, Anne Boleyn.
Bio by: Kristen Conrad
Margaret Howard Arundell