Young and damned and fair the life of catherine howard fifth wife of king henry viii by gareth russell is a worthwhile addition to your tudor history bookshelf russell digs further into catherines short and tragic life while weaving in everyday details of tudor england inside and outside the royal court. Young and damned and fair the life and tragedy of catherine howard at the court of henry viii by gareth russell is a confident outspoken and direct account of the life and times of catherine howard henry viiis 5th wife would was beheaded at the tragically young age of somewhere between 19 and 21 it is a brilliantly told story with all . Catherine howard was probably still a teenager when she put her head down on the executioners block and so she has gone in history as the foolish teen queen a cousin of anne boleyn henrys second wife who also lost her head catherine howard is a tragic figure. Young and damned and fair is a gripping account of a young womans future destroyed by forces beyond her control gareth russell moves effortlessly between catherine howards private inner world and the public life of the henrician court providing an unparalleled view into this tragic chapter of tudor history. Young damned fair sheds light on a young and naive queen that because of her past was never a suitable wife for a king and lost her life tragically early rating 4 out of 5 stars this is a video of the author talking about his book young and damned and fair the life of catherine howard fifth wife of king henry viii
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