Part 4: Catherine Howard / Katherine Parr
Dowager Duchess of Norfolk
Step grandmother of Catherine Howard, the dowager duchess
brought Catherine up after her mother died and her father kept
falling into debt.
She probably engineered Francis Dereham's promotion to secretary
at Hampton Court to buy his silence when Henry married Catherine,
but when his indiscretions were uncovered, she was implicated and
with the fall of Catherine, she was imprisoned in the Tower, but
A handsome retainer who was popular with women, Francis Dereham
was a wealthy gentleman.
He confessed to his relationship with Catherine, which had
started in the days when she lived at the dowager's home and lasted
until Catherine was made lady-in-waiting to Henry's fourth wife,
Anne of Cleves. Thomas Cranmer discovered this and the resulting
confessions by Dereham and others who were implicated, including the
Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, led to the fall of the queen herself.
Francis died a traitor's death at the Tyburn gallows, being
being hanged, drawn and quartered on 10 December 1541.
Sir Thomas Seymour
Thomas Seymour was Henry VIII's brother-in-law by virtue of his
sister, Jane, Henry's third wife.