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The divorce of Henry VIII from Katherine of Aragon, instigated by the Kings desire for a male heir to the throne, was a major catalyst in the break from Rome and the introduction of Protestantism to England. This illustration shows the dramatic moment where, during the Kings petition for divorce before the Papal Legate and Cardinal Wolsey, the Queen enters the courtroom and kneeling down in sight of the whole court and assembly at the King's feet and in broken English makes her protest against the divorce, 'I take god and all the world to witness that I have been a true, humble and obedient wife'.
oil on canvas
205.7 x 210.8 cm
Parliamentary Art Collection
The Curator's Office Department of Information Services House of Commons 1 Canon Row, Greater London SW1A 0AA EnglandView venue
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