Start Date

25-4-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

25-4-2022 12:00 PM

Disciplines

European History | History

Subjects

Nobility -- England -- History, Henry VIII (1491-1547) -- Marriage, Great Britain -- History -- Tudors (1485-1603)

Abstract

Often considered Henry VIII’s “wanton wife,” Katherine Howard’s story has been twisted and appropriated throughout the centuries to fit the propaganda of the court or the perceived love story between her and Thomas Culpepper. No older than nineteen at the time of her beheading, Howard supposedly professed “I die a queen, but would rather die the wife of Culpepper.” However, through an in depth analysis of primary sources and new scholarship, her story is far more complicated than previously considered. Transcripts from court documents, witnesses throughout her life, and her own words paint less of a romantic tragedy and more of the tragic end of a young woman, alone and abandoned by her family, a victim of sexual abuse, taken advantage of time and time again without the resources to defend herself. Looking both through a feminist and mental health lens, this paper intends to set the record straight on the often ignored tragedy of the young queen Katherine Howard.

Notes

2nd place winner of the Karen E. Hoppes Young Historians Award for Outstanding Research and Writing.

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© 2022 Samantha E. Knofler

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37553

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Apr 25th, 9:00 AM Apr 25th, 12:00 PM

All About Dynamics: Katherine Howard's Hidden Story

Often considered Henry VIII’s “wanton wife,” Katherine Howard’s story has been twisted and appropriated throughout the centuries to fit the propaganda of the court or the perceived love story between her and Thomas Culpepper. No older than nineteen at the time of her beheading, Howard supposedly professed “I die a queen, but would rather die the wife of Culpepper.” However, through an in depth analysis of primary sources and new scholarship, her story is far more complicated than previously considered. Transcripts from court documents, witnesses throughout her life, and her own words paint less of a romantic tragedy and more of the tragic end of a young woman, alone and abandoned by her family, a victim of sexual abuse, taken advantage of time and time again without the resources to defend herself. Looking both through a feminist and mental health lens, this paper intends to set the record straight on the often ignored tragedy of the young queen Katherine Howard.