Maybe no exactly the fact that Cromwell was irrevocably gone, but definitely that for some people, life went on, just as he had danced when the news of the death of Katherine of Aragon had reached him, just as he was betrothed to Jane Seymour the day after the execution of Anne Boleyn.
On this particular day he married Katherine Howard, his “rose without a thorn”, the young woman who had grown up under the apparently lax supervision of her father´s stepmother, the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, an upbringing that would one day be held against her.
Just as two of her predecessors, Anne and Jane, she had started her life at court as a lady-in-waiting to the previous queen.
I won´t go into here what would happen, that will have to wait for a later post. But from this day, 1540, the name of the English queen was Katherine Howard.
Sources: The Six Wives of Henry VIII – Alison Weir