The Divorce of Henry VIII

The Divorce of Henry VIII

The Untold Story From Inside the Vatican

Book - 2012
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"In 1533 the English monarch Henry VIII decided to divorce his wife of twenty years Catherine of Aragon in pursuit of a male heir to ensure the Tudor line. He was also head over heels in love with his wife's lady in waiting Anne Boleyn, the future mother of Elizabeth I. But getting his freedom involved a terrific web of intrigue through the enshrined halls of the Vatican that resulted in a religious schism and the formation of the Church of England. Henry's man in Rome was a wily Italian diplomat named Gregorio Casali who drew no limits on skullduggery including kidnapping, bribery and theft to make his king a free man. In this absorbing narrative, winner of the Rome Fellowship prize and University of Durham historian Catherine Fletcher draws on hundreds of previously-unknown Italian archive documents to tell the colorful tale from the inside story inside the Vatican"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Edition: First Palgrave Macmillan edition
ISBN: 9780230341517
0230341519
Branch Call Number: 942.052 F632d 2012
Characteristics: xiv, 266 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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mosesmoffitt
Dec 10, 2015

For those people interested in Tudor history, I can highly recommend Fletcher's book.
The many books that I have read about Henry VIII, his estrangement and ultimate 'English' divorce from his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, have been written from an English viewpoint.
Fletcher's book gives us a different viewpoint and focuses on what was happening on the 'European' side of the English Channel. She details the intrigue that was taking place between the Holy Roman Emperor, the Pope and, more specifically, Henry's Italian ambassadors. A refreshing read. Well researched and written. It moves us at a fast pace through the political situation that was unfolding, ultimately to Henry's dissatisfaction with Rome.

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