- Summaries (2)
After receiving a letter from an anonymous source the King decides to investigate the accusation that two other men knew Catherine 'carnally' while she was under the service of the Dowager Duchess, and he confines his Queen to her apartments with only Lady Rochford. The investigations uncovers many lies and many truths, which results in the execution of one of Catherine Howard's former lovers Francis Dereham, her current lover Thomas Culpepper, Lady Jane Rochford and Herself.
An anonymous letter accusing the queen of adultery grieves Henry but suffices to order a thorough investigation by Edward Seymour, seconded by bishop Gardiner. After preliminary indications are found, the queen is sequestered, her household questioned in realistic fear of torture. Innocent persons are falsely accused and promises of mercy for those who tell the truth withdrawn. Ultimately, the Lady Katherine, Francis Dereham, Thomas Culpepper and lady Jane Rochford (who went mad during her imprisonment) are condemned to executions including various degrees of ultimate torture. The royal counselors fear Henry's wrath for having presented another viper queen.
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