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The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon The Story as Told by the Imperial Ambassadors Resident at the Court of Henry VIII   By:

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J.A. Froude’s historical account, The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon: The Story as Told by the Imperial Ambassadors Resident at the Court of Henry VIII, presents a captivating and well-researched exploration of one of the most significant events in English history. Froude’s thorough analysis of the divorce of Catherine of Aragon sheds new light on the political, religious, and social impacts of King Henry VIII's failed marriage.

The book delves deep into the intricate web of alliances and tensions surrounding Catherine's divorce, highlighting the involvement of imperial ambassadors who were witness to the tense negotiations at Henry VIII’s court. Froude meticulously examines their reports, letters, and diplomatic correspondence, providing readers with firsthand accounts and valuable insights into the prevailing attitudes of the time.

One of the outstanding aspects of Froude's work is his ability to bring history to life with vivid storytelling. Through his engaging narrative, he masterfully reconstructs the intricate relationships and disputes between Catherine, Henry, and their courtiers. Froude's impeccable attention to detail ensures that the reader is transported back to the tumultuous Tudor period, enabling a genuine understanding of the political climate and the motivations of key players involved in Catherine’s divorce.

Furthermore, Froude delves into the religious dimension of the divorce, meticulously examining the theological arguments made by both the proponents and adversaries of the annulment. His exploration of the Church's involvement in this historic event offers a unique perspective on the intricacies of religious authority and the conflict between political interests and doctrine.

It is worth mentioning that Froude's writing style might seem dense and overly academic at times. Some readers may find the book’s extensive use of primary historical sources overwhelming, necessitating a prior familiarity with the Tudor period in order to fully appreciate its depth. However, those who persevere will be rewarded with a rich tapestry of insights that contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the divorce.

Although The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon is undoubtedly a valuable resource for historians, it also appeals to general readers interested in English history and the Tudor era. Froude's extensive research, meticulous attention to detail, and captivating storytelling make this work an essential addition to any library on the subject. By shedding new light on this critical period, Froude enables readers to gain a deeper understanding of the profound consequences of Catherine’s divorce on English society and the English monarchy.

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THE DIVORCE OF CATHERINE OF ARAGON

THE DIVORCE OF CATHERINE OF ARAGON

THE STORY AS TOLD BY THE IMPERIAL AMBASSADORS RESIDENT AT THE COURT OF HENRY VIII.

IN USUM LAICORUM

BY J. A. FROUDE

BEING A SUPPLEMENTARY VOLUME TO THE AUTHOR'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1891

[ All rights reserved ]

Copyright, 1891, BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Company.

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION 1

CHAPTER I.

Prospects of a disputed succession to the crown Various claimants Catherine incapable of having further children Irregularity of her marriage with the King Papal dispensations First mention of the divorce Situation of the Papacy Charles V. Policy of Wolsey Anglo French alliance Imperial troops in Italy Appeal of the Pope Mission of Inigo de Mendoza The Bishop of Tarbes Legitimacy of the Princess Mary called in question Secret meeting of the Legates' court Alarms of Catherine Sack of Rome by the Duke of Bourbon Proposed reform of the Papacy The divorce promoted by Wolsey Unpopular in England Attempts of the Emperor to gain Wolsey 21

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