Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth RussellWritten with an exciting combination of narrative flair and historical authority, this interpretation of the tragic life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, breaks new ground in our understanding of the very young woman who became queen at a time of unprecedented social and political tension and whose terrible errors in judgment quickly led her to the executioner’s block.
On the morning of July 28, 1540, as King Henry’s VIII’s former confidante Thomas Cromwell was being led to his execution, a teenager named Catherine Howard began her reign as queen of a country simmering with rebellion and terrifying uncertainty. Sixteen months later, the king’s fifth wife would follow her cousin Anne Boleyn to the scaffold, having been convicted of adultery and high treason.
The broad outlines of Catherine’s career might be familiar, but her story up until now has been incomplete. Unlike previous accounts of her life, which portray her as a naive victim of an ambitious family, this compelling and authoritative biography will shed new light on Catherine Howard’s rise and downfall by reexamining her motives and showing her in her context, a milieu that goes beyond her family and the influential men of the court to include the aristocrats and, most critically, the servants who surrounded her and who, in the end, conspired against her. By illuminating Catherines entwined upstairs/downstairs worlds as well as societal tensions beyond the palace walls, the author offers a fascinating portrayal of court life in the sixteenth century and a fresh analysis of the forces beyond Catherine’s control that led to her execution—from diplomatic pressure and international politics to the long-festering resentments against the queen’s household at court.
Including a forgotten text of Catherine’s confession in her own words, color illustrations, family tree, map, and extensive notes, Young and Damned and Fair changes our understanding of one of history’s most famous women while telling the compelling and very human story of complex individuals attempting to survive in a dangerous age.
Montgomery Bus Boycott
The day bus boycott also brought the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event that triggered the boycott took place in Montgomery on December 1, , after seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white passenger on a city bus. Local laws dictated that African American passengers sat at the back of the bus while whites sat in front. If the white section became full, African Americans had to give up their seats in the back.
The boycott began when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public…. Since , civil rights icon Rosa Parks has shared a Montgomery, Alabama, historical marker with country signer Hank Williams. Soon Parks will have her own tribute. A representative of the…. It takes place after her first book, "To Kill a Mockingbird. Hundreds of people from all over the world came to the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail to recreate the historic march on its 50th anniversary.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott was the first large-scale civil rights protest of Click to see the fact file for more information on the Montgomery Bus row of the colored section of a bus was arrested and fined $10 for refusing to.
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Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional. The bus boycott demonstrated the potential for nonviolent mass protest to successfully challenge racial segregation and served as an example for other southern campaigns that followed. The roots of the bus boycott began years before the arrest of Rosa Parks. In a meeting with Mayor W. Seven months later, year-old Mary Louise Smith was arrested for refusing to yield her seat to a white passenger. Robinson prepared a series of leaflets at Alabama State College and organized groups to distribute them throughout the black community. On 2 December, black ministers and leaders met at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and agreed to publicize the 5 December boycott.