Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Question from Guy - Henry VIII blaming Privy Council for marital problems

Is it true that Henry VIII blamed the Privy Council for Catherine Howard's affair, and his previous marital problems? Where can I find out more?

1 comment:

Marilyn R said...

You will find the Katheryn Howard fiasco in Letters & Papers accessible through

‘And finally he took to tears regretting his ill luck in meeting with such ill-conditioned wives, and blaming his Council for this last mischief.’
7 Dec.1426. letter from Marillac to Francis I.

(From: 'Henry VIII: December 1541,6-10', Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 16: 1540-1541)

Later on He also says that advisors urged him to take a new wife after his divorce from Anne of Cleves - which is nonsense, as he had already chosen Katheryn only a short time after his marriage to Anne.