Brave or Foolish? Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday - Brave

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?

If you have spotify click here for a list of tracks to go with the post.  The playlist in words is in the first comment to this post.


Posted on March 6, 2010, in Illustration Friday and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The playlist in words

    Patricia Spero – Greensleves
    The Jam – English Rose
    English Medieval Wind Ensemble – Ther Ys No Rose – English 15th Century
    John White – Candle In The Wind (Goodbye England’s Rose)
    Joe Brown And The Bruvvers – I’m Henry The Eighth I Am
    Hilliard Ensemble – I Love Unloved
    Hilliard Ensemble – O My Heart
    Hilliard Ensemble – Madame D’amours
    R.C. tha Trackaholiq – Greedy Made – Feat. Culpepper, Twin G, E-dawg, Chedder Hound-Original Version
    Daniel Culpepper – Three Episodes: Capriccio
    Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden
    James Last And His Orchestra – Cracklin’ Rosie / Rose Garden – Live (1971)
    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – Scheherazade – Symphonic Suite Op. 35: III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
    Jethro Tull – King Henry’s Madrigal
    D-A-D – When I’m King
    Trevor Morris – The Passion Of King Henry
    Ayreon – The Garden Of Emotions
    Jennifer Lopez – Brave
    Ashanti – Foolish
    Rufus Wainwright – Foolish Love

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