For a while, after marrying Henry, life was pretty smooth forÂ Catherine, in spite of the fact that Henry, at this point, weighed 300 pounds and had a festering ulcer on his leg that needed to be drained daily. Henry called her his “rose without thorns” and lavished gifts upon her. Her motto was “No Other Will but His” supposedly in reference to Henry, which would have been a pretty good phrase to live by, considering.
The only time she really got into trouble was when she sent a prisoner in the tower – Princess Mary’s former governess – warm clothes during the winter. She also petitioned for the release of Thomas Wyatt, Anne Boleyn’s old admirer, who was imprisoned for treason during her time as Queen. In that, she was more successful, and Thomas was released.
(Henry, incidentally,Â disliked Thomas after he started writing poems about how tragic Anne’s execution was, and was continually imprisoning him and then releasing him. They say that after Catherine’s beheading, he attempted to marry Thomas Wyatt’s wife, unsuccessfully.)
However, after a while, people from the Duchess’s houseÂ came to her saying, “Remember when you had sex in front of a room full of people?” No, I’m sure they said it in a more 16th century fashion. Put that in iambic pentameter.
In any event, she gave them all positions at court. Henry Mannox was made one of her musicians, Francis Dereham was appointed her personal secretary. Since they were there, she supposedly continued sleeping with them. I mean, it’s not like they hadn’t already done that. And she might still have gotten away with it, because Henry was so wildly infatuated with her. Â She almost got away with everything if not for Thomas Culpeper.Â