Henry advised to marry without waiting for sentence -- Meeting of Henry and Francis -- Anne Boleyn present at the interview -- Value of Anne to the French Court -- Pressure on the Pope by the Agents of the Emperor -- Complaints of Catherine -- Engagements of Francis -- Action of Clement -- The King conditionally excommunicated -- Demand for final sentence -- Cranmer appointed Archbishop of Canterbury -- Marriage of Henry and Anne Boleyn -- Supposed connivance of the Pope -- The Nuncio attends Parliament -- The Act of Appeals -- The Emperor entreated to intervene -- Chapuys and the King.
THE Pope had promised Ortiz that nothing should be said of the intended excommunication till the brief was complete. He betrayed the secret to the English Agents, by whom it was conveyed to Henry. The French Ambassador had advised the King to hesitate no longer, but to marry and end the controversy. The Pope himself had several times in private expressed the same wish. But Henry, in love though he is supposed to have been, determined to see Francis in person before he took a step which could not be recalled. He desired to know distinctly how far France was prepared to go along with him in defying the Papal censures. An interview between the two Kings at such a crisis would also show the world that their alliance was a practical fact, and that if the Emperor declared war in execution of the censures he