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“Young and Damned and Fair is a gripping account of a young woman's future destroyed by forces beyond her control. Gareth Russell moves effortlessly between Catherine Howard's private, inner world and the public life of the Henrician court, providing an unparalleled view into this tragic chapter of Tudor history. This is an important and timely book.” (Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire )
"This fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking account of Henry VIII's doomed fifth wife brings to life the cruel, gossip-fueled, backstabbing world of the court in which Catherine Howard rose and fell. The uncommonly talented Gareth Russell has produced a masterly work of Tudor history that is engrossing, sympathetic, suspenseful, and illuminating." (Charlotte Gordon, author of Romantic Outlaws, winner off the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography )
"This is a timely and powerful re-examination of Henry's fifth queen who was probably guilty of nothing more than failing to reveal she had been betrothed before her wedding to the king old enough to be her grandfather, and then falling in love with a young man after their marriage. The author has done some beautiful new research to indicate that Catherine was not as foolish as some historians have suggested, and that her death was managed and manipulated by her offended husband, purely for his own revenge. It's particularly strong on the detail of Catherine’s short reign and the reaction of those who tried to defend her. I love it when historians take the women who have been neglected by history seriously and study their lives rather than accepting stereotypes." (Philippa Gregory, #1 New York Times bestselling author )
"Securely rooted in the sources and mercifully devoid of sentiment, this is the most fully rounded, best written biography of Catherine Howard we have so far." (Julia Fox, author of Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford )
"A magnificent account of the rise and fall of Henry VIII's tragic fifth queen - compelling, thought-provoking and above all real. In Russell's meticulously researched narrative Catherine Howard and her household are brought to life as never before." (Adrian Tinniswood, author of The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House Between the Wars )
"In Young and Damned and Fair Gareth Russell marries slick storytelling with a great wealth of learning about sixteenth-century personalities and politics. The result is a book that leads us deep into the nightmarish final years of Henry VIII's reign, wrenching open the intrigues of a poisonous court in a realm seething with discontent. At the heart of it all is the fragile, tragic figure of Catherine Howard, whose awful fate is almost unbearable to watch as it unfolds. This is authoritative Tudor history written with a novelist's lightness of touch. A terrific achievement." (Dan Jones, author of The Plantagenets and The Hollow Crown )
"Scholarly yet highly readable...fresh and compelling...a stunning achievement...Catherine is given a makeover so complete that she is virtually unrecognizeable from the hopelessly naive girl of traditional history books." (The Sunday Times)
"Russell's is an excellent account, putting the oft-ignored Catherine in her proper historical context....he is a scrupulous historian." (Daily Mail)
"Bold...assured...A novelist turned historian, he veers with laudable theatricality between the claustrophobic and the panoramic, from intimate, febrile exchanges in noble and royal households to the public spectacle of courtly high diplomacy...Let us hope he fixes his sharp eye on the further, more opaque past--here is a historian unafraid of the dark, whether of depravity or documentation." (The Daily Telegraph)
"Russell's portrait effectively underscores the machinations of this volatile court, the treachery of sycophants, and the importance of the all-seeing servants. Dense with material and flavor of the epoch." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Russell expertly tells a tale of jewels and dancing and thrilling trysts that sees Catherine move dizzily towards the block.” (Literary Review)
“Highly readable and peppered with engrossing stories, this book is also fascinating for its details about what was considered sexually moral in 16-century England. Biography lovers and those intrigued by the lives of the royals will welcome this tragic story of Henry VIII’s fifth wife.” (Library Journal)
"Thorough in his research, convincing in his analysis, and eloquent in his telling of Catherine Howard’s life story... exquisitely written. Gareth Russell’s writing style simply stated rivals that of Stacy Schiff and David McCullough....Beyond the outstanding historical content, this book provides a wonderful writing lesson in the art of biography composition....Write this down and take it to the bank. Gareth Russell is one “big bio” away from joining the world’s elite biographers composing in the English language today. (QueenAnneBoleyn.com)
About the Author
- ASIN : B01CO34HVS
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 4, 2017)
- Publication date : April 4, 2017
- Language: : English
- File size : 72784 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 465 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1501108638
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #513,144 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Prior to reading Gareth Russell’s Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII, I was heavily inclined to believe that poor Catherine Howard, like many women who came before and since, was the tragic victim of a male dominating society — in short, a woman, who in lacking the choice to forge her own destiny and with no male protector, was the victim of circumstance, poor childhood mentoring, sexual predators, and political infighting. Ultimately the pawn of her powerful uncle, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, she was used in enticing King Henry VIII away from a marriage he didn’t want in any case to manipulate the fall of Norfolk’s greatest nemesis, Thomas Cromwell, and to gain advantage for the conservative faction. After all, given the political intrigues of King Henry VIII’s court of vipers, this would seem simple common sense, wouldn’t it?
Now I am admittedly confused. Gareth Russell, thorough in his research, convincing in his analysis, and eloquent in his telling of Catherine Howard’s life story, has me questioning my long-held thoughts and opinions. This in itself is no easy accomplishment. Once I have set my mind to an interpretation of history, I am not easily moved from it. Fortunately, this is not a weakness of Gareth Russell’s. His analysis shows plainly that he researched the history of Catherine’s Howard’s life and let the information he uncovered tell the story. In all frankness, with our modernized heightened awareness of historical male dominance and inclination to lay the blame for female historical figures’ freely given decision-making to misogyny, his conclusions would be easier if he “went with the flow”. Instead, Gareth Russell resists the temptation to go an easier road, and in doing so, remains respectful of Catherine Howard’s legacy, as well as the legacy of the other historical figures he explores.
From a literary standpoint, Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII is exquisitely written. Gareth Russell’s writing style simply stated rivals that of Stacy Schiff and David McCullough. Consequently, though the biography covers the very complex ground of 16th-century history and explores extensive historical content, it is an amazingly “easy read”. As a writer, I know just how difficult a task this is to accomplish. Beyond the outstanding historical content, this book provides a wonderful writing lesson in the art of biography composition. I do hope Gareth Russell continues in the genre, moving on to historical figures of longer life and increased complexity.
Write this down and take it to the bank. Gareth Russell is one “big bio” away from joining the world’s elite biographers composing in the English language today.
Top reviews from other countries
From the moment I picked this up, I couldn’t put it down. Russell’s writing style made me feel less like I was reading a heavy biography and more like I was reading something that had been written for the reader to enjoy. From the first word you find yourself immersed in the world of the Tudor court and that is simply because of the wealth of research that Russell has put into this work. Everything is taken as is. Assumptions are something that just aren’t there in this. Here we see every character of the Tudor court with their flaws written out for all to see – these people come across as human which is incredibly rare in biographies of Catherine Howard. Either Catherine is vilified as a young teenaged whore or those she had dealings with are seen as demons who deserved everything they got. Nothing is black and white in this book. Which is precisely as it would have been.
Having read other biographies on Catherine, and read about her in books on Henry VIII’s six wives, I can one hundred percent tell you all that this book deserves to be seen as the bible on Catherine Howard and her life. It is superbly well researched and excellently written – I can see this book opening up the door to Tudor history for a lot of people, and Gareth Russell deserves some high praise for this wonderful piece of work.
After the death of Jane Seymour, mother of his son, Edward, Henry VIII had a short lived marriage with Anne of Cleves. It was a disaster, and Henry, as was his way, cast around for a way to rid himself of what he saw as a distasteful union. Having done so and packed her off, to live comfortably out of sight, he already had his sights on young Catherine. The details of their courtship are quite bare, but, at some point, she had caught his eye – young, slim and pretty – and he quickly made her his next Queen.
The Howards were, apparently, rightly concerned about the King’s new infatuation, for Catherine had a past. Having lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, she had what the author suggests was a teenage infatuation with her music master and then a more serious relationship with Francis Dereham, a member of her grandmother’s household. In a similar way to Anne Boleyn, with Henry Percy, this was seen as serious enough to be considered a pre-contract. Although the author considers suggestions that Catherine was a victim, who fell prey to older, this is discounted – certainly in the case of Dereham - and the author argues that there is enough evidence to imply that the relationships were consensual.
Catherine was, it must be remembered, very young at this time and still a teenager when she married Henry. She began an intrigue with Thomas Culpeper, aided by Lady Rochester, the widow of George Boleyn. Although Russell does not accept that she was a victim, he is sympathetic to her plight, as a very young woman, who was indiscreet and immature. Sadly, this indiscretion was dangerous, especially with a volatile and insecure Henry. It is apparent that Henry was already viewed as a ‘monster,’ by many and that his behaviour could quickly turn from love to hatred.
Undoubtedly, this book does make Catherine come alive. A young woman who, despite her rash behaviour, seemed to be kind and thoughtful. Despite her age, she was keen to meet Henry’s children and to mend bridges with Mary, with whom she had an, initially, difficult relationship. When Anne of Cleves visited the Court, both Anne and Catherine were overly polite, warm and effusive to each other – although the author also debunks myths about her accepting her fate willingly, suggesting that she was open to a reunion with Henry after Catherine’s arrest.. Catherine could have took joy in her success at winning the king from her, and made Anne feel her failure, but she pressed gifts onto her and tried to put her at ease. She was young, but foolish, rather than wilful or spiteful. Henry, though, was not a forgiving man. Overall, a really fascinating, well written and gripping biography and I am glad I read it and learnt more than this young, and so often over-looked, Queen.
Please Mr.Russell, continue writing - you are a genius! When is your next book coming out?