Costume based on a 1540s miniature of Catherine Howard. Her father was the younger brother of the powerful Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk. Her aunt was the mother of Anne Boleyn. Her branch of the family was impoverished and she grew up in the permissive household of her step-grandmother. She is described as Henry's most beautiful wife: "small, plump and vivacious with auburn hair and overflowing with much vitality.."