The topic for Illustration Friday this week is ‘Brave’.
I was trying to find brave last words, when I came across the story of Catherine Howard. She was the fifth of those unfortunate souls who married Henry VIII and ended up loosing her head. According to this account her last words, spoken on 13th February 1542 were “I die a queen, but would rather die the wife of Culpepper”. At the age of 18, pretty, uneducated and neglected; she was pursued by the besotted and by then fat, ugly King, who called her his ‘Rose without a thorn”. When he discovered her adulterous behaviour her lovers were executed and as she waited her fate she requested a block so that she could practice her execution.
Was she brave or was she foolish?
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