By the summer of 1527 Henry VIII had decided to divorce his wife of eighteen years and to marry Anne Boleyn.1 All had not been well in the king’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon for some time while his relationship with Anne, which had begun in early 1526, was becoming increasingly serious.2 In the spring of 1527 the king revealed that he had developed doubts — his famous ‘scruple of conscience’ — about the validity of his marriage to Catherine.
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