A woman looks at portraits of English King Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon displayed together for the first time in nearly 500 years, at the National Portrait Gallery, central London, on January 25, 2013. Discovered in Lambeth Palace, the portrait of Catherine of Aragon had been painted over with a picture of the King's last wife Catherine Parr but experts suspected that there may be more to the picture due to similarities with other known paintings of Catherine of Aragon. After work by the National Portrait Gallery's restoration team, the painting is being displayed in the 'Henry and Catherine Reunited' exhibition from January 25, 2013. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL
The most determining cause of the Anglican schism was Henry VIII (1509-1547) 's wish to get rid of his legitimate wife, Catherine of Aragon in order to get married with Anne Boleyn.The Peers of England, all together, acted in favour of the sovereign and with the present document bearing 83 seals of just as many signers of the document, in 1530 asked the Pope to put an end to the long wait of the entire English Nation. It is well-known that the Pope Clement VII then declared legitimate Henry VIII's marriage with Catherine of Aragon, and therefore indissoluble, and how the sovereign, hindered from carrying out his plans, got married again and declared the separation of the Church of England from the Church of Rome (the Anglican schism). The document (1 meter x 2 meters. 2,5 kilos) in extraordinarily good condition was presented on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Henry's coronation. A reproduction of the letter will be given as a gift to Pope Benedict XVI, and another 199 will be produced at the rate of about two a month. Each will sell for about $68,000.
History Illustration, English Royalty, pic: circa 1520, King Henry VIII (1491-1547) who reigned 1509-1547, pictured in this portrait painted by Holbein, Henry VIII was famous for his 6 wives and his break with the Roman Catholic Church in Rome
Circa 1530, Henry VIII of England (1491 - 1547). Reign 1509-47, broke with Papacy over divorce from Catherine of Aragon, 1533, made head of English church by Parliament, executed three wives and Thomas More (chancellor), 1535, made union of England and Wales, 1534-36.
Circa 1535, King Henry VIII of England (1491 - 1547) and his second wife, Anne Boleyn (1507 - 1536). He had broken with the papacy following the divorce of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon in 1533. Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536 and Henry married Jane Seymour.