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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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remedy ; therefore I require of you all, as our trust and confidence is in you, to declare to our subjects our intent, according- to our true meaning, and desire them to pray with us that the truth may be known, for tho discharge of our conscience, and saving our soul ; and for declaration hereof, we have assembled you together, and now you may depart.' " It was strange to behold the effect produced by this oration upon the hearers. Some sighed, and said nothing ; others deplored that the King should be so troubled in his conscience ; whilst those who favoured the Queen, were grieved to find the matter thus formally made public. Meanwhile, that no stone might be left unturned, the King sought to obtain, in favour of the divorce, the opinions of the most learned divines, and the most celebrated universities in Europe ; and Katherine laid her statement of the case before the Pope, and obtained a promise from her nephew, the Emperor, that if the Pope decided in her favour, he would support her cause with all the means which Ged had placed at his disposal. Henry, on finding that the pontiff would not comply with his unjust request, re tained the ablest canonists in Pome, as his counsel, and "required, with due secrecy, their opinions on the three following extraordinary questions: 1. Whether if a wife were to make a vow of chastity, and enter a convent, the Pope could not, in the plenitude of his power, authorize the husband to marry again ? 2nd. Whether, if the husband were to enter a religious order, that he might induce his wife to do the same, he might not be afterwards released from his vow, and at liberty to marry? 3rd. And whether, for reasons of state, the Pope could not license a King to have, like the ancient patriarchs, two wives, of whom one only should be acknowledged, and enjoy the honours of royalty ?" a tolerable proof that Henry's compunctions of conscience were a sham, and that his real object was to surmount by any means the obstacle to his marriage with Anne Boleyn. CHAPTER IV. The legatine court—Katherine appeals to the Pope—Her speech to the King in court —She unexpectedly retires—Refuses to again appear in court—Is pronounced contumacious—The unsatisfactory letter from the Bishops to the King—Katherine's interview with Wolsey and Campeggio—The legatine court adjourned—Pall of Wolsey—His last speech, and death—Henry's further proceedings—His rage—Hedrives Katherine from his presence—The parting a final one—Her residence at Ampthill—The Pope confirms the marriage—The King .wavers—Cromwell confirms him in his resolution—Cranmer is made Archbishop of Canterbury—TheKing marries Anne Boleyn—Cranmer pronounces the divorce. Τ length it was rumoured that Anne Boleyn shared bed and board with Henry, who, perhaps, urged by the hope or the fear of her pregnancy, resolved to proceed to trial immediately. A license under the broad seal was issued on the thirtieth of May, 1529, empowering Wolscy and Campeggio to execute the commission. The former legate, dreading the King's wrath, urged the expedition of the cause ; but the latter obstinately adhered to established forms, and did not open the Consistorial Court till he had exhausted every possible pretext for delay. The court was prepared in the palace at Blackfriars: "There were many tables and benches set in the manner of a consistory, one seat being higher than another for the judges (Campeggio and Wolsey), 'aloft above them; three degrees high was a cloth of estate hangçd, and a chair royal under the same, wherein sat the King, and some distance off sat the Queen, in a

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