After two happy years with Catherine Howard, Henry VIII discovered that she had once had an affair with a certain Francis Dereham. Henry attempted to shrug the incident off, but became enraged by her declaration of love for a favorite courtier, Thomas Culpeper (her one-time fiance).
When Henry ordered Catherine and her two lovers to be beheaded, she remained defiant, even as she was brought before the block. "I die a queen," she announced. "But I would rather die the wife of Thomas Culpeper."