The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon: The Story as Told by the Imperial Ambassadors Resident at the Court of Henry VIII

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CHAPTER XIX.

Campaign of the Emperor in Africa -- Uncertainties at Rome -- Policy of Francis -- English preparations for war -- Fresh appeals to the Emperor -- Delay in the issue of the censures -- The Princess Mary -- Letter of Catherine to the Pope -- Disaffection of the English Catholics -- Libels against Henry, Cromwell, and Chapuys -- Lord Thomas Fitzgerald -- Dangerous position of Henry -- Death of the Duke of Milan -- Effect on European policy -- Intended Bull of Paul III. -- Indecision of Charles -- Prospect of war with France -- Advice of Charles to Catherine -- Distrust of the Emperor at the Papal Court -- Warlike resolution of the Pope restrained by the Cardinals.

CIFUENTES had been misinformed when he feared that Francis was again about to interpose in Henry's behalf at Rome. The conference at Calais had broken up without definite results. The policy of France was to draw Henry off from his treaty with the Emperor; Henry preferred to play the two great Catholic Powers one against the other, and commit himself to neither; and Francis, knowing the indignation which Fisher's execution would produce at Rome, was turning his thoughts on other means of accomplishing his purpose. The Emperor's African campaign was splendidly successful -- too successful to be satisfactory at the Vatican. The Pope, as the head of Christendom, was bound to express pleasure at the defeat of the Infidels, but he feared that Charles, victorious by land and sea, might give him trouble in his own dominioils,1.

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Spanish Colendar, vol, v, p, 532

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon 1
  • Chapter I 21
  • Chapter II 41
  • Chapter III. 62
  • Chapter IV. 70
  • Chapter V 86
  • Chapter VI 99
  • Chapter VII. 110
  • Chapter VIII. 131
  • Chapter IX. 141
  • Chapter X 157
  • Chapter XI 175
  • Chapter XII 192
  • Chapter XIII. 218
  • Chapter XIV. 243
  • Chapter XV. 260
  • Chapter XVI. 283
  • Chapter XVII. 301
  • Chapter XVIII 318
  • Chapter XIX 347
  • Chapter XX 371
  • Chapter XXI 389
  • Chapter XXII 412
  • Chapter XXIII 436
  • Chapter XXIV 450
  • Index 465
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