Religion: Papal Letters from the Past

Voltaire: "Allow me very humbly to kiss your holy feet"

"Content the King in the matter of marriage," the petition pleads, "in order to avoid the ills that may befall the church if his will is contested." The petitioners were right. King Henry VIII of England had fallen in love with Anne Boleyn and wanted a son and heir by her. He was determined to put aside his wife, Catherine of Aragon. But when Catherine appealed to Pope Clement VII, the Pope ordered Henry to halt his annulment proceedings. Henry, as the 75 bishops and courtiers...

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