1541 – Thomas Culpepper and Francis Dereham are Executed

10 Dec

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.

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Posted by on December 10, 2015 in The Tudors


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