Royal Portrait Gallery

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...Empson and Dudley, who had done so much to make his father rich. Henry invaded France, and gained the Battle of Spurs, so called because the French horsemen made more use of their spurs in riding away than of their swords in fighting. The Scots had always been friendly with the French, and while Henry was in France, James the Fourth of Scotland invaded England. He was met by Lord Surrey on the field of Flodden, near the river Till. The Scots were beaten, and the King, with many of his nobles, was killed. There was hardly a family of high rank in Scotland that had not cause to mourn for some one slain at Flodden. Thomas Wolsey was the most remarkable man of Henry's reign. From a low rank of life he rose to a position of great power. He was very fond of learning, and soon obtained the favour of the King. Christ Church College at Oxford was founded by him. Rising step by step, he at length became Archbishop of York, and the Pope made him Cardinal. At last he became Lord Chancellor of England, and for several years he was the most powerful man in the land. Wolsey, however, was more anxious todo good to the King than to the people, and more anxious to do good to himself than even to the King. His one great desire was to be Pope. He lived in great style, dressed himself in the most costly robes, and had eight hundred followers in his train. When Henry had been for nearly twenty years the husband of Catherine he became tired of her, and wished to marry Anne Boleyn, one of her maids of honour. This he could not do unless he got a divorce from the Pope, who was the head of the Christian Church. Henry asked the Pope to say that his marriage with his brother's widow had been unlawful. The Pope would not do so, and this placed Wolsey in a position of...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236857534
  • 9781236857538