HOWARD, Catherine [1523c-1542] -- Queen of England
She was Henry VIII's fifth queen (m. 1540) after his divorce from Anne of Cleves, she met clandestinely with Dereham and Culpeper, who were executed upon Catherine's confession of prenuptial unchastity.
She was attainted by Parliament and beheaded
on conviction for adultery.
On the eve of her execution she asked
that the execution block be brought to her chamber
so that she could rehearse her execution.
She is reported to have said in her address from the scaffold
"I die a Queen but I would rather die the wife of Culpeper."
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