Katherine Howard and Kateryn Parr, the Teenager and the Widow


A new series of talks from the popular speaker, Carol Ann Lloyd.


The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Personality and Politics

Join us, online, as we welcome back Carol Ann LLoyd with her new series of talks.

Talk 4: Katherine Howard and Kateryn Parr, the Teenager and the Widow

Cousin of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard was less than half the king’s age when she caught the king’s eye while serving Anna of Cleves. Before coming to court, Katherine had some sort of relationship with Henry Mannox and Francis Dereham. She was completely unprepared for what would happen when Henry fell made her his queen. Katherine became embroiled in a relationship with Thomas Culpepper, something that came to light and resulted her being condemned to death by an Act of Attainder. Like her cousin, Katherine was executed at the Tower on 13 February in 1542.

Although some thought Henry might be finished with the marriage game, he fell for the twice-widowed Kateryn Parr. She was an intelligent, elegant, and religious woman. It’s thought Kateryn was in love with Thomas Seymour when she married the king, but she worked to make her marriage successful. Kateryn encouraged the king to bring his daughters to court and took an active interest in her stepchildren. She encouraged religious reform, something that nearly caused serious trouble with the king. And she gained the king’s trust to the point he made her Regent in his absence.

Date: Wednesday 19th April 2023

Time: 7pm

Venue: Online

Tickets: £8 member / £10 non-member. A combination ticket for all talks in the series is available and saves you money.

About the speaker: Carol Ann Lloyd is a popular speaker, author, and podcaster who brings the stories of history and Shakespeare to life. She presents programs for Smithsonian Associates, Royal Oak Foundation, English Speaking Union, Folger Shakespeare Library, OLLI at George Mason University, and more—online and on stage. Her podcast, British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics, explores the lives of famous and infamous characters in history. She is currently working on a book, Tudors by the Numbers, which is scheduled for a fall 2023 release.

Carol Ann also speaks about how Shakespeare can help us develop effective conversation and interpersonal skills. She is the author of Building Relationships, One Conversation at a Time, and an Audible book, How to Build Meaning Relationships through Conversation. Carol Ann is now offering “Shake Up Your Conversations” programs to strengthen communication and engagement skills. She is a member and on the board of the Washington, DC chapter of the National Speakers Association.

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