Henry VIII Personal Divorce Plea
special dispensation from Pope Julius II was necessary in order to
allow him to marry his brother's widow, Catherine of Aragon.
Catherine, his first wife, failed to provide Henry a male heir to
survive to adulthood. And by 1529 Catherine was deemed too old to have
Henry VIII's greatest desire was to secure an
annulment to his marriage so that he could marry Anne Boleyn and produce
a male heir.
When it was suggested to Catherine that she quietly retire to a nunnery she steadfastly refused.
Henry VIII set his hopes of an annulment upon an appeal to Pope Clement VII.
Pope was at the time a prisoner of Catherine's nephew, The Holy Roman
Emperor Charles V, following the Sack of Rome in 1527, and this
prevented him from annulling the marriage.
This one page letter measuring 12.5 x 15.5 is written in Latin and dated January 18 1529.View full translation
historically significant correspondence represents Henry VIII's attempt
to advance his plans to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in
order to marry Anne Boleyn.
Unable to make contact with The Pope, Henry VIII writes to Cardinal Benedetto de Accolti, the Bishop of Ravenna.
sends a recommendation for his envoy Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire
(and curiously the father of Anne Boleyn) to be sent to represent him in
discussions with Emperor Charles V.
The letter is in very good
condition, with professional repairs and reinforcement to intersecting
folds on reverse, scattered light toning, minor edge wear, and a few
small areas and pin holes of paper loss (primarily from ink erosion).
The signature is extraordinarily bold and dark, and, given its age, the document is exceedingly bold for display.
basic message of this royal piece - heavily dressed in a formal tone -
essentially sends the recipient the good wishes of His Royal Highness,
expresses a desire for mutual co-operation between the two factions, and
asks that note be taken of the ambassador he is sending - the father of
Under pressure from Holy Roman Emperor Charles
V, The Pope's inability to grant Henry VIII's request for an annulment
changed the History of England forever.
In an interview with the Associated Press in June 2009 David Starkey, a British Historian, TV presenter and Tudor expert, said:
"It is an event of enormous magnitude, the most important event in English history,"
is the moment at which England ceases to be a normal European Catholic
country and goes off on this strange path that leads it to the Atlantic,
to the new world, to Protestantism, to Euro-skepticism."
This is Henry VIII's personal attempt to seek an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
Dated January 18 1529 and signed by Henry VIII.
This document represents the beginning of one of the most significant events in British history.
of this significance are rarely available on the collectors market. The
Vatican Secret Archives hold a document measuring 3 foot x 6½
foot, dated 1530, sent by members of England's House of Lords to Pope
Clement VII supporting the divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
It is considered a crucial document in the King's battle to divorce his first wife.
also the most expensive piece of merchandising in the Vatican. Copies
of the document can be bought in the gift shop for €50,000 ($75,000).
Not surprisingly the original is safely locked away and deemed
What we are offering today is a totally unique item, arguably of greater importance.
This item qualifies for our layaway plan
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