Catherine was accused of adultery and was beheaded on February 13, 1542.
Henry VIII, the King of England from 1509 to 1547, is known for his tumultuous marital life. Of his six wives, two were killed on his orders: Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.
Anne Boleyn was Henry’s second wife, and the mother of Elizabeth I. Henry had Anne arrested and accused of adultery in 1536. Although she had not given birth to a male heir, which was Henry’s primary motive for having her executed, she was convicted and beheaded on May 19, 1536.
Catherine Howard was Henry’s fifth wife. She was accused of adultery and was beheaded on February 13, 1542.
Henry VIII’s reign was marked by religious turmoil, and his marriages were often used as a tool to further his political and religious goals. His decision to have two of his wives killed, however, was motivated by personal reasons, and was a reflection of his volatile and unpredictable character.