Catherine Howard

(1521 to 1542)

In 1540 just 16 days after Henry divorced Anne of Cleves, Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. She had been Anne’s lady-in-waiting.

Catherine was only 20 years old when she married Henry, who was then 49 years old.

She was said to be high-spirited and very confident

She did not have any children.

Catherine was accused of being unfaithful to Henry and behaving in a way unbecoming of a Queen. She was beheaded in 1542.