Congratulations to Gareth Russell who has recently been awarded a First/Distinction by Queen’s University, Belfast, for his postgraduate dissertation “Catherine Howard and the Queen’s Household in England, 1540-1541″. Gareth’s dissertation was a study in the nature of feminine households at the time and attitudes towards it, and also traced the careers of Catherine’s individual ladies-in-waiting, the role they played in her downfall and tried to establish the nature of Catherine’s role as leader of such a large establishment. Congratulations to Gareth on a wonderful achievement!
More congratulations are due to Gareth as he is also writing a biography on Catherine Howard. Gareth, who is a published author already, having published his novel “Popular” with Penguin, has been commissioned by his agent to write a full length biography of Catherine, based on the research he carried out for his dissertation. This is wonderful news as both Joanna Denny’s and Lacey Baldwin Smith’s biographies are quite dated. This is also great news for those attending the Executed Queens Tour in June 2012 because Gareth will be sharing his thoughts on both Catherine Howard and Anne Boleyn with the group. The group is small so guests will have plenty of chance to ‘grill’ Gareth and also our other historian speakers, John Guy and Leanda de Lisle.