Tudor Collection: V : KATHERINE HOWARD
Tudor Collection: V : KATHERINE HOWARD
Tudor Collection: V : KATHERINE HOWARD
Sihaya and Company

Tudor Collection: V : KATHERINE HOWARD

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Katherine Howard: An unsophisticated but optimistic blend of honeyed apples and caramelized pears dusted with glistening sugar.

Profile: Gourmand, Fruity.


Katherine Howard (c. 1523 – 13 February 1542) was the ill-fated fifth wife of Henry VIII. Born to aristocratic but impoverished parents, she was sent to live with her step-grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, at Lambeth Castle. She was housed with many other girls of similar situation, and by all accounts, supervision and education at Lambeth were quite lax. The girls would even sneak men in after hours-- very scandalous! 

Prior to meeting the King at the tender age of sixteen, Katherine had relations with at least one man, and possibly even a pre-contracted marriage with Francis Dereham, a man she referred to as "husband"-- a fact that she dared not disclose when the much older King's eye fell upon her. 

Put forward by a scheming uncle hoping to curry royal favor, Katherine was considered by Henry to be a "rose without a thorn," and they quickly married in 1540.  Her character was said to have been very young, vivacious, and good-spirited. Her humor could divert the King from his tempestuous rages, often brought on by the pain of the festering ulcer on his leg. She had a soft heart for animals, and though it was true she had an eye for jewels and expensive presents, she was also devoted to charities for the poor. While she was not the solemnly decorous queen that the court expected, she made her husband happy, which in turn benefited all around him.

Unfortunately for Katherine, the experiences of her youth at Lambeth came back to haunt her when acquaintences who knew her there began to blackmail her. Rumors eventually reached the ears of Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who used them against Howards, his political rivals. To complicate matters, it was alleged that Katherine had embarked on an affair with Thomas Culpeper, one of the King's favorite courtiers-- although it is unclear the true nature of their connection, given that the most damning evidence was given by Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford (Anne Boleyn's despised sister-in-law), whose primary objective was saving her own neck. 

In any case, the outcome was dire for Katherine. She swiftly fell from grace, and Parliament declared it treason to not disclose a prior sexual history when marrying a King. Both her former lover, Francis Dereham, and her reported lover, Culpeper, were executed, and their heads displayed on London Bridge.

Katherine was overwhelmed with horror at her upcoming fate during her imprisonment, often dissolving into panic. Even Archbishop Cranmer pitied her, despite his hand in her downfall. In the end, she asked for the headsman's block to be brought to her cell so that she might practice a composed death. She had to be helped to the scaffold, but indeed, she did succeed in passing from this world with as much dignity and grace as she could muster.

Katherine's reign lasted a little over a year, and ended much the same way as her cousin, Anne Boleyn's had. She was only nineteen. 


Available in candle tin or glass tumbler format.

Tins: Our 8oz candle tin measures 3" wide by 2" deep, and holds approximately 7 oz of wax by weight. The wax is topped with an overspray of iridescent glitter. The candles burn for approximately 30-35 hours.

Glass tumblers: These candles measure 3" wide by 3.5" tall, and contain 9 oz of wax for a burn time of 40+ hours. They are topped with a candle-safe glittering overspray.

The glitter I use is safe for use in candles, and the ultrafine particles will not clog your wick.

Turnaround time for candles is 2 weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may occasionally receive a professionally-printed label with a handwritten scent name, similar to what is used in the Secret Menu candles. We are experiencing delays from our label printing service, and would rather not hold up your orders. If you feel strongly about receiving a particular label, please email us at sihayaandcompany@gmail.com and we will do our best to accomodate your request.