Sunday, 8 April 2007

Catherine Howard

When I was at the Tower of London last year, I was told by a beefeater in the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula that Catherine Howard's body was sprinkled with quicklime on burial so that no trace of her would remain. Having her executed was not enough of a punishment for adultery as far as Henry VIII was concerned.

My question is... why have I never read this information in a book or been told it by a history teacher? This is the kind of gruesome gossip that gets people interested in history.

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