Saturday, 24 October 2015

Mini History Blog: Henry VIII Petition's the Pope

We all know that in 1525 King Henry VIII took a fancy to a new girl at court, the enchanting Anne Boleyn, who at the time, was a lady-in-waiting to Henry's present wife Catherine of Aragon.
Henry had been married to Catherine for twenty four years and was six years younger and at this point in their marriage was unable to bear him the male heir he longed for. Convinced that he had gone against the teaching in the bible which stated that marrying your brothers wife was a sin and therefore the marriage would be childless and on this basis Henry asked for an annulment of their marriage.
Seen here below is the petition asking Pope Clement VII to annul his marriage to poor Catherine, it has been held in the Vatican archives since 1530 and released for the world to see. This document is on three foot wide parchment and has eighty one seals attached by red silk ribbons.

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