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Baldwin traces the fascinating life of Katherine Willoughby,lady-in-waiting and confidant to a succession of Tudors, and rumored to have been very nearly wife number seven of Henry VIII. Chaptertitles include, Childhood 1519-1533, The Brandon Marriage 1533-1545, The Bid for the Throne 1553-1554, and A Bed of Nails. The textincludes much bonus material such as a collection of Willoughby's letters, numerous portraits of Willoughby, and many photographs andillustrations of important people and places. Distributed by Casemate.Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
In 1533 Katherine Willoughby married Charles Brandon, Henry VIII s closest friend. She would go on to serve at the court of every Tudor monarch bar Henry VII and Mary Tudor. Duchess of Suffolk at the age of fourteen, she became a powerful woman ruling over her houses at Grimsthorpe and Tattershall in Lincolnshire and wielding subtle influence through her proximity to the king.
She grew to know Henry well and in 1538, only three months after Jane Seymour s death, it was reported that they had been masking and visiting together. In 1543 she became a lady-in-waiting to his sixth wife Catherine Parr. Henry had a reputation for tiring of his wives once the excitement of the pursuit was over, and in February 1546, only six months after Charles Brandon s death, it was rumoured that Henry intended to wed Katherine himself if he could end his present marriage. But Henry changed his mind at the last moment, and Katherine Willoughby never became his seventh queen.
Hers was a life of privilege mixed with tragedy and danger, losing both her sons to illness and being forced into exile in Poland beyond 'Bloody' Mary's clutches. But Katherine kept her head on her shoulders when many of her contemporaries lost theirs for lesser reasons."