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22 March – Catherine Brandon (Catherine Willoughby), Duchess of Suffolk, a woman with spirit!

A sketch of Katherine Willoughby by Hans Holbein the Younger

Catherine Willoughby

Today is the anniversary of the traditional birthdate of Catherine Willoughby (married names: Brandon and Bertie), Duchess of Suffolk, the woman who married the king's best friend, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, when she was just fourteen.

Catherine is known for her patronage of the Reformed faith and Reformers, but in today's video, I share some facts about this fascinating woman, including a story about her little dog.

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