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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 455



She died in about the twenty-first or twenty-second year of her age, and in the eighteenth month of her marriage.* Little time was allowed her to prepare for death, but in her last moments she testified resentment against no one but her uncle Norfolk, and this was less on account of herself than of her aged grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. She knew that the old Duchess was condemned for misprision of treason, chiefly through Norfolk's agency, and expected that she would shortly follow her to the block ; but in this she was mistaken, for shame induced Henry to pardon the Duchess in May, 1543. As Lady Rochford had been the chief instrument in bringing her own husband and Anne Roleyn to their end, she died nnpitied ; but many felt for the untimely fate of the beautiful Katherine Howard, and deemed her at least innocent of the crime for which she suffered. Her early derelictions certainly caused the King * A few days before her execution, Henry the Eighth assumed the title of King of Ireland ; she therefore died the first Queen of England and Ireland. great trouble ; and to secure both himself and his successors for the future from a similar misfortune, in the bill of her attainder he caused it to be enacted that any one who knew, or even strongly suspected any guilt in the Queen, might disclose it to the King or tho council, without incurring the penalty of any former laws against defaming the Queen ; that any one knowing the Queen's guilt, and not disclosing it to the King or the council, or noising it abroad, or even whispering it to their friends, should be guilty of treason. That the Queen, who should move another person to commit adultery with ber, or the person who should move her to the like act with him, should also be guilty of treason ; and that if the King married any woman who had been incontinent, believing her to be a maid, she should be guilty of treason if she did not disclose her disgrace to him previous to her marriage. The people made merry with this last clause, and said that the ι King must henceforth look out for a widow, for no reputed maid would ever ! be persuaded to incur the penalty of the I statute.


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