A revealing retelling of the tragic tale of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Katherine Howard, the ambitious lady-in-waiting to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, who would win the heart of the King. UK author and historian Dr Wilkinson throws new light on the second queen of England to be beheaded (Anne Boleyn was the first), putting into delicate context how the “well-proportioned, full-figured” girl suffered violent sexual abuse when fostered out to a dowager aunt in preparation for service at court. As a 12-year-old, Katherine was ‘fumbled’ with by her tutor, Henry Mannock, and bullied into bed again at 13 by gentleman usher Francis Dereham. King Henry VIII, 49, reeling from the plainness of Anne of Cleves, became “merry and lusty… restored to the cherished youth he thought he had lost” when he rejoiced with sweet 15-year-old bride Katherine. Henry could not believe his fun-loving wife was not pure on their wedding day, when accusations betray the naive child-bride. A relationship with Thomas Culpeper, a distant cousin, after her marriage to the King, ups the indictment from promiscuous fornication before marriage to adultery after. As the barge took her to the Tower of London and the scaffold, “… its journey, [was] a cruel distortion of Katherine’s triumphant entrance into London less than a year earlier”. Intensely poignant.