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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 441



KATHERINE HOWARD, flty ûmn nf lituij ϊϊμ O^igiithj. CHAPTEE I. Katherine's descent—Parentage—Mother's death—Adoption by the Duchess of Norfolk—Education neglected—Evil associates—Illicit amours with Manox—Quarrel —Secret meeting by moonlight—Clandestinely courted by Derham—Permits him to play thte husband to her—Caught romping with him by the Duchess—The discovery—Plight of Derham—The disgraceful truth hushed up—Punishment— Secret correspondence with Derham—He returns and accuses her of consenting to become Culpepper's wife—She denies it, and shakes him off—Is courted by Henry the Eighth—Reformed in conduct—The Duchess and Catlwlic party further the match—Married ίο the King in private—Publicly proclaimed Queen—Poyal progress—Quarrels with Norfolk—Takes Manox and Jane Buhner into her service—State of religious parties—Execution of the Countess of Salisbury— Progress to the north—Admits Derham into her household—Suspicious meeting with Culpepper—The reformers plot her fall—Her early crimes detailed to the council in her absence. HE fifth Quaen of with a merciful but just pen, was tne Henry the Eighth fifth child of Edmund Howard and hia was a daughter of wife, Joyce, daughter of Sir Richard the illustrious HowCulpepper, of Holingbourn, in Kent. ards, a family who, The date and placo of her birth are inas heroes, poets, povolved in mystery. The events of her liticians, courtiers, life would lead to a belief that she patronsof literature, entered the world about the year 1516 ; and state-victims to tyranny and revenge, 3 but this is evidently wrong, for herfather, when he attended Mary I udor to France have constantly been before us for upin 1515, was a bachelor; and even supposing him to have married immewards of four centuries, and whose records present more strange, more diately after his return, 1521 is, then, thrilling and heart-stirring events than the earliest date that can be given for can anywhere be found in the lesa truth her birth. ful pages of tragedy or romance. Kath erine Howard, whose crime-fraught Katherine's misfortunes commenced career it is our painful duty to detail in the spring-time of her girlhood.


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