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“Catherine Howard”

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Piron, Eddy G. (Belgian playwright,  journaliste Radio Nostalgie, December 26, 1963-____), “Catherine Howard,”

a 27-minute drama in French in three scenes, set in London, October 16, 1542,


  •  © 2001 by Eddy G. Piron;  •  in Eddy G. Piron’s Catherine Howard (Bruxelles, Belgium: Author, 2001);  •  script available from SABAM, rue d’Arlon, 75, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium;  •  rights available from Eddy G. Piron, rue Ry Oursel, 24, 6001 Marcinelle, Belgium, e-mail socarad@pi.be, telephone (home) 0032/71/431752, http://www.eddypiron.be.tf/. •  Cited by Eddy G. Piron via ftp June 25, 2002; Piron says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Catherine Howard (f), 18, blonde, 1,65 m, English Queen, fifth wife of Henry VIII; Anne Barnett (f), 18, brown-haired, 1,65 m, lady-in-waiting.

  §  Synopsis “During the last minutes of the fifth wife of Henry VIII, her lady-in-waiting tries to help her. Catherine is so strong that she repeats the scene of her execution.

  §  Comment “The script has three scenes. For the first part are needed a chair and a ribbon. For the second part is needed the block. For the third part are needed the block, the axe, a bloody ribbon on a basket.  •  Premiered October, 2001.  •  I would be so happy to be connected with people interested by the translation or the producing of that play. It was a success in Belgium and will be broadcast on the Internet.  •  “‘Catherine Howard’ Drame historique dont l’héroïne est la cinquième épouse de Henri VIII d’Angleterre.  •  Eddy Piron est né à Charleroi ( Belgique) le 26 décembre 1963 et, pour notre plus grand bonheur, n’est pas encore décédé à ce jour. Que ces détracteurs se rassurent, cela finira bien par arriver. Mais en attendant, ils devront encore supporter sa plume prolifique. Entré très tard dans le métier de dramaturge, Eddy Piron a très vite rattrapé le temps perdu. Depuis 1994, date de la création de sa première pièce ‘Noël au quatrième’, il a écrit plus d’une vingtaine de pièces. Polyglotte invétéré, journaliste radio, cet homme de culture, à l’esprit très ouvert, n’hésite pas à nous emmener dans des univers différents. Très souvent goguenard avec des pièces comme ‘Les éboueurs passent aujourd’hui’ ou ‘La queue raide’, il peut aussi se montrer très sensible avec des sujets moins légers. Des pièces comme ‘Marie, Reine des Ecossais’,’Les enfants de Manopello’ ou ‘Miss Philéas Fogg’ en sont la preuve. Certaines oeuvres de ce membre actif de la SABAM ont été traduites en italien.”—www.eddypiron.be.tf - Redirect by ulimit.com, http://www.eddypiron.be.tf/, accessed June 25, 2002.  •  “Catherine was one of 10 children of Joyce Culpeper and Lord Edmund Howard (1480-1539).  King Henry VIII first became attracted to the young girl Catherine in 1540, when he was seeking to end his politically motivated marriage to Anne of Cleves, to whom Catherine was a maid of honour. He had his marriage to Anne annulled on July 9, and on July 28 Henry and Catherine were privately married. He publicly acknowledged her as queen on August 8. For the next 14 months Henry appeared to be much enamored of his young bride. But shortly thereafter, based on charges of infidelity, Henry beheaded Catherine and her two accused lovers, including her distant cousin, Thomas Culpeper.”—Catherine Howard, http://www.gen.culpepper.com/historical/howard/, accessed June 25, 2002.

  §  Themes axe, beheading, block, Boleyn (Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, mother of Elizabeth I,  1507-1536), hangman, Henry VIII (Henry Tudor, King of England, 1509-1574), Howard (Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, c.1520-1542), queen, scaffold.

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