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Letter sent to Pope Clement VII by Henry VIII (and the 81 noblemen whose seals are affixed) to dissolve his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, 1530
Henry VIII and Wolsey ~ Cardenal Wolsey: Henry VIII's most able and devoted minister, betrayed. Thomas Wolsey (1471-1530), born a butcher’s son, rose in Tudor times to Archbishop of York while serving both Henry VII and Henry VIII. As Cardinal Wolsey, he applied his great abilities as a statesman and administrator of England's foreign affairs to enhance his own person. He had the king’s confidence until Henry decided to seek an an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he could marry Anne Boleyn.
Artist's conception: Katherine of Aragon kneeling before Henry VIII. at their divorce hearing.