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Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon  before Papal Legates at Blackfriars, 1529

© estate of Frank O. Salisbury. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

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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'. The illustration depicts both the King and Queen with dark and pensive faces telling a quite personal story.

Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon before Papal Legates at Blackfriars, 1529




oil on canvas


H 205.7 x W 210.8 cm

Accession number

WOA 2590

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