Monthly Archives: December 2015
Queen Victoria was devastated when her husband passed away. They had been married for two decades and had nine children during their devoted union. She was very much in love with Albert, who happened to be her cousin, and gushed in her diary that the day of their wedding was “the happiest day of my life.” However, the Queen outlived her beloved husband by forty years thanks to what was diagnosed as typhoid fever but may more likely have been stomach cancer. He was forty-two years old. Victoria never remarried and wore black for the remainder of her life.
I have to admit, I didn’t know how long I would keep writing a blog centered entirely around history, but I’m glad I did. As of today, I have been posting for two years – my first article on Richard III was published today in 2013, just two weeks following my twenty-first birthday. Back then, I had no idea I would have anyone actually reading my posts, let alone following ThornsOfTime, and yet here I am with over 1k views! I just want to say from the bottom of my heart that I am grateful to each and every person who followed, liked, and/or supported this site in any way. Thank you so much and know that it means the world to me.
This love letter was written by Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Katherine Howard, to Thomas Culpepper, with whom she was having a romantic affair while married to the king. The letter was what brought along the queen’s downfall since adultery against a king at the time was considered treason. After its discovery, Culpepper was beheaded (on this day, in fact, in 1541) along with her former lover Francis Dereham, while Katherine remained imprisoned in the Tower of London. She was eventually executed on 13 February 1542. Her last words were, “I die a queen, but I would rather have died the wife of Culpepper”. She was twenty-one years old.