Alarm Of Catherine And The Growth Of Lutheranism

On the collapse of the commission it was at once announced that the King

would summon a Parliament. For many years Wolsey had governed England as

he pleased. The King was now to take the reins in his own hands. The

long-suffering laity were to make their voices heard, and the great

Cardinal understood too well that he was to be called to account for his

stewardship. The Queen, who could think of nothing but her own wrongs,

conceived that the object must be some fresh violence to herself. She had

requested the Pope to issue a minatory brief forbidding Parliament to

meddle with her. She had mistaken the purpose of its meeting, and she had

mistaken the King's character. Important as the divorce question might be,

a great nation had other things to think of which had waited too long. It

had originated in an ambitious scheme of Wolsey to alter the balance of

power in Europe, and to form a new combination which the English generally

disliked. Had his policy been successful he would have been continued in

office, with various consequences which might or might not have been of

advantage to the country. But he had failed miserably. He had drawn the

King into a quarrel with his hereditary ally. He had entangled him, by

ungrounded assurances, in a network of embarrassments, which had been made

worse by the premature and indecent advancement of the Queen's intended

successor. For this the Cardinal was not responsible. It was the King's

own doing, and he had bitterly to pay for it. But Wolsey had misled his

master into believing that there would be no difficulty. In the last

critical moment he had not stood by him as the King had a right to expect;

and, in the result, Henry found himself summoned to appear as a party

before the Pope, the Pope himself being openly and confessedly a creature

in the hands of the Emperor. No English sovereign had ever before been

placed in a situation so degrading.

Parliament was to meet for other objects--objects which could not be

attained while Wolsey was in power and were themselves of incalculable

consequence. But Anne Boleyn was an embarrassment, and Henry did for the

moment hesitate whether it might not be better to abandon her. He had no

desire to break the unity of Christendom or to disturb the peace of his

own kingdom for the sake of a pretty woman. The Duke of Norfolk, though he

was Anne's uncle, if he did not oppose her intended elevation, did nothing

to encourage it. Her father, Lord Wiltshire, had been against it from the

first. The Peers and the people would be the sufferers from a disputed

succession, but they seemed willing to encounter the risk, or at least

they showed no eagerness for the King's marriage with this particular

person. If Reginald Pole is to be believed, the King did once inform the

Council that he would go no further with it. The Emperor, to make retreat

easy to him, had allowed nothing to be said on the subject at Cambray, and

had instructed the Pope to hold his hand and make no further movement. He

sent a new Ambassador to England, on a mission of doulceur et amytie.

Eustace Chapuys, the Minister whom he selected, was not perhaps the best

selection which he could have made, and Lord Paget, who knew him well, has

left an account of him not very favourable. "For Chapuys," he said, "I

never took him for a wise man, but for one that used to speak cum summa

licentia whatsoever came in buccam, without respect of honesty or

truth, so it might serve his turn, and of that fashion it is small mastery

to be a wise man. He is a great practicer, with which honest term we cover

tale-telling, lying, dissimuling, and flattering." Chapuys being the

authority for many of the scandals about Henry, this description of him by

a competent observer may be borne in remembrance; but there can be no

question that Charles sent him to England on an embassy of peace, and one

diplomatist is not always perhaps the fairest judge of another of the same

trade. The King's hesitation, if he ever did hesitate, was not of long

duration. He had been treated like a child, tricked, played with, trifled

with, and he was a dangerous person to deal with in so light a fashion.

Chapuys reached London in the beginning of September. On landing he found

the citation to Rome had not been officially notified to the King, as a

morsel too big for him to swallow. The King received him politely,

invited him to dine in the palace, and allowed him afterwards to be

introduced to Catherine, who was still residing at the court. Three days

after he had a long interview with Henry. His commission, he said, was to

smooth all differences between the King and his master. The King responded

with equal graciousness, but turned the conversation upon those

differences themselves. The Emperor, he said, had not used him well. The

advocation to Rome was absurd. He had written himself to the Pope with his

own hand, telling him it was not only expedient but absolutely necessary

that the cause should be tried in England. The Roman territories were

still in the occupation of the Imperial troops. The Pope had committed it

to two of his Cardinals, had solemnly promised that it should not be

revoked, and that he would confirm any sentence which the Legates should

pronounce. These engagements the Emperor had obliged the Pope to break. He

himself had not proceeded upon light grounds. He was a conscientious

prince, he said, who preferred his own salvation to all worldly

advantages, as appeared sufficiently from his conduct in the affair. Had

he been differently situated and not attentive to his conscience, he might

have adopted other measures, which he had not taken and never would

take. Chapuys attempted to defend Clement. "Enough of that pope,"

Henry sharply interrupted. "This is not the first time that he has changed

his mind. I have long known his versatile and fickle nature." The

Pope, he went on, "would never dare pronounce sentence, unless it favoured

the Emperor."

Catherine was eagerly communicative. Chapuys learned from her that the

King had offered that the case should be heard at Cambray--which she had,

of course, refused. She was much alarmed about the Parliament, "the King

having played his cards so well that he would have a majority of votes in

his favour." It was quite certain that he meant to persevere. She

professed outwardly that she was personally attached to the King; yet she

desired Chapuys expressly to caution the Emperor against believing that

his conduct had anything to do with conscience. The idea of separation,

she said, had originated entirely in his own iniquity and malice, and when

the treaty of Cambray was completed, he had announced it to her with the

words: "My peace with the Emperor is made: it will last as long as you


Chapuys had been charged to ascertain the feeling of the English people.

He found them generally well affected to the Queen. But the Lutheran

heresy was creeping in. The Duke of Suffolk had spoken bitterly of Papal

legates, and Chapuys believed if they had nothing to fear but the Pope's

malediction, there were great numbers who would follow the Duke's advice

and make Popes of the King and Bishops, all to have the divorce case tried

in England. The Queen was afraid of pressing her appeal, fearing that

if the Commons in Parliament heard that the King had been summoned to

Rome, measures injurious to her might easily be proposed and carried.

Even the Duke of Norfolk was not satisfactory. He professed to be devoted

to the Emperor; he said he would willingly have lost a hand so that the

divorce question should never have been raised; but it was an affair of

theology and canon law, and he had not meddled with it. If the Emperor

had remained neutral, instead of interfering, it would have been sooner


But, for the instant, the interests of the people of England were fixed on

a subject more immediately close to them. The sins of the clergy had at

last found them out. They pretended to be a supernatural order, to hold

the keys of heaven and hell, to be persons too sacred for ordinary

authority to touch. Their vices and their tyranny had made them and their

fantastic assumptions no longer bearable, and all Europe was in revolt

against the scandals of the Church and Churchmen. The ecclesiastical

courts, as the pretended guardians of morality, had the laity at their

mercy; and every offence, real or imaginary, was converted into an

occasion of extortion. The courts were themselves nests of corruption;

while the lives and habits of the order which they represented made

ridiculous their affectations of superiority to common men. Clement's

conduct of the divorce case was only a supreme instance of the methods in

which the clerical tribunals administered what they called justice. An

authority equally oblivious of the common principles of right and wrong

was extended over the private lives and language of every family in

Catholic Christendom. In England the cup was full and the day of reckoning

had arrived. I have related in the first volume of my history of the

period the meeting of the Parliament of 1529, and I have printed there the

Petition of the Commons to the Crown, with the Bishops' reply to it. I

need not repeat what has been written already. A few more words are

needed, however, to explain the animosity which broke out against Wolsey.

The great Cardinal was the living embodiment of the detested

ecclesiastical domination, and a representation in his own person of the

worst abuses complained of. He had been a vigorous Minister, full of large

schemes and high ambitions. He had been conscious of much that was wrong.

He had checked the eagerness of the bench of Bishops to interfere with

opinion, had suppressed many of the most disorderly smaller monasteries,

and had founded colleges out of their revenues. But he had left his own

life unreformed, as an example of avarice and pride. As Legate he had

absorbed the control of the entire ecclesiastical organisation. He had

trampled on the Peers. On himself he had piled benefice upon benefice. He

held three great bishoprics, and, in addition to them, the wealthiest of

the abbeys. York or Durham he had never entered; Winchester he may have

visited in intervals of business; and he resided occasionally at the Manor

of the More, which belonged to St. Albans: but this was all his personal

connection with offices to which duties were attached which he would have

admitted to be sacred, if, perhaps, with a smile. As Legate and Lord

Chancellor he disposed of the whole patronage of the realm. Every priest

or abbot who needed a license had to pay Wolsey for it. His officials were

busy in every diocese. Every will that was to be proved, every marriage

within the forbidden degrees, had to pass under their eyes, and from their

courts streams richer than Pactolus flowed into Wolsey's coffers. Foreign

princes, as we have seen, were eager to pile pensions upon him. His wealth

was known to be enormous. How enormous was now to be revealed. Even his

own son--for a son he had--was charged upon the commonwealth. The worst

iniquity of the times was the appointing children to the cure of souls.

Wolsey's boy was educated at Paris, and held benefices worth 1,500 crowns

a year, or 3,000 pounds of modern English money. A political mistake had

now destroyed his credit. His enemies were encouraged to speak, and the

storm burst upon him.

A list of detailed complaints against him survives which is curious alike

from its contents, the time at which it was drawn up, and the person by

whom it was composed--the old Lord Darcy of Templehurst, the leader

afterwards in the Pilgrimage of Grace. Darcy was an earnest Catholic. He

had fought in his youth under Ferdinand at the conquest of Granada. He was

a dear friend of Ferdinand's daughter, and an earnest supporter, against

Wolsey, of the Imperial alliance. His paper is long and the charges are

thrown together without order. The date is the 1st of July, when the

Legates' court had begun its sittings and was to end, as he might well

suppose, in Catherine's ruin. They express the bitterness of Darcy's

feelings. The briefest epitome is all that can be attempted of an

indictment which extended over the whole of Wolsey's public career. It

commences thus:--

"Hereafter followeth, by protestation, articles against the Cardinal of

York, shewed by me, Thomas Darcy, only to discharge my oath and bounden

duty to God and the King, and of no malice.

"1. All articles that touches God and his Church and his acts against the


"2. All that touches the King's estate, honour and prerogative, and

against his laws.

"3. Lack of justice, and using himself by his authority as Chancellor

faculties legatine and cardinal; what wrongs, exactions he hath used.

"4. All his authorities, legatine and other, purchased of the Pope, and

offices and grants that he hath of the King's grace, special commissions

and instructions sent into every shire; he, and the Cardinal's servants,

to be straitly examined of his unlawful acts."

Following vaguely this distribution, Darcy proceeds with his catalogue of

wrongs. Half the list is of reforms commenced and unfinished, everything

disturbed and nothing set right, to "the ruffling of the good order of the

realm." Of direct offences we find Wolsey unexpectedly accused of having

broken the Praemunire statute by introducing faculties from Rome and

allowing the Pope to levy money in the realm contrary to the King's

prerogative royal, while for himself, by "colour of his powers as Cardinal

legate a latere and faculties spiritual and temporal, he had assembled

marvellous and mighty sums of money." Of bishops, abbots, priors, deans,

&c., he had received (other sums) for promotion spiritual since his entry.

He had appropriated the plate and jewels of the suppressed abbeys. He had

raised the "probate duty" all over the realm, the duty going into his own

coffers. He had laid importable charges on the nobles of the realm. He had

Towered, Fleeted, and put to the walls of Calais a number of the noblemen

of England, and many of them for light causes. He had promoted none but

such as served about the King to bring to pass his purposes, or were of

his council in such things as an honest man would not vouchsafe to be

acquainted with. He had hanged, pressed, and banished more men since he

was in authority than had suffered death by way of justice in all

Christendom besides. He had wasted the King's treasure, &c. He had levied

mighty sums of other houses of religion, some for dread to be pulled down,

and others by his feigned visitations under colour of virtuous

reformation. As Chancellor "he had taken up all the great matters

depending in suit to determine after his discretion, and would suffer no

way to take effect that had been devised by other men." In other times

"the best prelate in the realm was contented with one bishoprick." Darcy

demanded that the duties of bishops should be looked into. They should

hold no temporal offices, nor meddle with temporal affairs. They should

seek no dispensation from the Pope. The tenure of land in England should

be looked into, to find what temporal lands were in spiritual men's hands,

by what titles, for what purposes, and whether it was followed or no. The

King's grace should proceed to determine all reformations, of spiritual

and temporal, within his realm. Never more Legate nor Cardinal should be

in England: these legacies and faculties should be clearly annulled and

made frustrate, and search and enquiry be made what had been levied

thereby. He recommended that at once and without notice Wolsey's papers

and accounts should be seized. "Then matters much unknown would come forth

surely concerning his affairs with Pope, Emperor, the French King, other

Princes, and within the realm."

Many of Darcy's charges are really creditable to Wolsey, many more are

exaggerated; but of the oppressive character of his courts, and of the

immense revenue which he drew from them, no denial was possible. The

special interest of the composition, however, is that it expresses

precisely the temper of the Parliament of 1529. It enables us to

understand how the Chancellorship came to be accepted by Sir Thomas More.

It contains the views of conservative Catholic English statesmen who,

while they had no sympathy with changes of doctrine, were weary of

ecclesiastical domination, who desired to restrict the rights of the Pope

in England within the limits fixed by the laws of the Plantagenets, to

relieve the clergy of their temporal powers and employments, and reduce

them to their spiritual functions. Micer Mai and De Soria had said the

same thing; Charles V., likely enough, shared their opinion, though he

could not see his way towards acting upon it. In England it could be acted

upon, and it was.

There is no occasion to repeat the well-known tale of the fall of Wolsey.

He resigned the seals on the 18th of October; his property was seized and

examined into. The Venetian Ambassador reported that his ordinary income

was found to have been 150,000 crowns, besides pensions, gifts from

foreign princes, and irregular contributions from home. His personal

effects were worth half a million more. He said that it had been all

gathered for the King; if the King was pleased to take it before his end,

the King was welcome to it.

The King was thenceforward his own first minister; the Duke of Norfolk

became President of the Council; Suffolk was Vice-President, and Sir

Thomas More Lord Chancellor. But the King intended to rule with Parliament

to advise and to help him. Catherine told Chapuys, in fear for herself,

that the elections to the Lower House had been influenced to her own

injury. She was mistaken, for the elections had not turned on the divorce.

The object of the meeting of the Legislature was to reform the clergy, and

upon this all parties among the laity were agreed. It may be (though the

Queen could not know it) that exertions were made to counteract or

control the local influences of individual nobles or prelates. If the

object was to secure a real representation of popular feeling, it was

right and necessary to protect the electors against the power of

particular persons. But it is at least clear that this Parliament came up

charged with the grievances of which Darcy's indictment was the epitome.

The Houses met on the 3rd of November, and went at once to business. I can

add nothing to what I have written elsewhere on the acts of the first

session. Wolsey was impeached; the Peers would have attainted him or sent

him to trial for high treason; the Commons were more moderate, listening

to Cromwell, who faced unpopularity by defending gallantly his old patron.

But the King himself did not wish the fallen Cardinal to be pressed too

hard; and it was said that, determined to protect him, he forbade the

attainder. He had determined to pardon him, and an attainder would have

made pardon more difficult. Very interesting accounts of Wolsey's own

behaviour in his calamity are found in the letters of the foreign

Ambassadors. Du Bellay saw him on the 17th of October, the day before he

surrendered the Great Seal, and found him entirely broken. He wept; he

"hoped the French King and Madam would have pity on him." His face had

lost its fire; "he did not desire legateship, seal of office, or power; he

was ready to give up everything, to his shirt, and live in a hermitage, if

the King would not keep him in his displeasure." He wished Francis to

write to Henry in his favour. He had been the chief instrument of the

present amity with France; and such a service ought not to have given a

bad impression of him. Suspicions were abroad that he had received large

presents from the French Court; they were probably true, for he said "he

hoped Madam would not do him an injury if it were spoken of."

Nothing could be more piteous. The poor old man was like a hunted animal;

lately lord of the world, and now "none so poor to do him reverence."

Darcy had raised the question of the Praemunire. The ancient Statute of

Provisors had forbidden the introduction of Bulls from Rome, and the

statute was awake again. He was made to confess that the penalties of

Praemunire--confiscation of goods and imprisonment--had been incurred by

him when he published the Bull which made him Legate, and by the use of

which he had unlawfully vexed the greater number of the prelates of the

realm, and the King's other subjects.

His brother Legate, Campeggio, had remained for some weeks in London after

the dissolution of the court. But England was no place for him in the

hurly-burly which had broken loose. He went, and had to submit to the

indignity of having his luggage searched at Dover. The cause alleged was a

fear that he might be taking with him some of Wolsey's jewels. Tradition

said that he had obtained possession of the letters of the King to Anne

Boleyn, and that it was through him that they reached the Vatican. At any

rate, the locks were forced, the trunks inspected, and nothing of

importance was found in them. Campeggio complained to the King of the

violation of his privilege as ambassador. Henry told him ironically that

he had suffered no wrong: his legateship was gone when the cause was

revoked; he had no other commission: he was an English bishop, and so far,

therefore, an English subject. But a courteous apology was made for the

unnecessary violence which had been used; Campeggio's ruffled plumes

were smoothed, and he wrote to Salviati from Paris with the latest news of

Wolsey, telling him "that the King would not go to extremes, but would act

considerately in the matter, as he was accustomed to do in all his


Although no mention was made in Parliament of the divorce, the subject, of

course, could not sleep. The question of the succession to the crown

having been made so prominent, it would, and must, sooner or later, come

before the Legislature to be settled, and had already become a topic of

general consideration and anxiety. Mary's legitimacy had been impugned.

Falieri, writing from London and reporting what he heard in society, said

that "by English law females were excluded from the throne." Custom might

say so, for no female had, in fact, ever sat on the throne; but enacted

law or rule there was none: it was only one uncertainty the more. At any

rate, Falieri said that the King had determined to go on with the divorce,

that he might have a legitimate male heir.

Henry's experience of Clement had taught him that he need not fear any

further immediate steps. The advocation of the cause implied of itself a

desire for longer delay, and, with more patience than might have been

looked for in such a disappointment, he had resolved to wait for what the

Pope would do. That an English sovereign should plead before the Rota at

Rome was, of course, preposterous. The suggestion of it was an insult. But

other means might be found. He had himself proposed Cambray as a neutral

spot for a first commission; he really believed that the Pope was at

heart on his side, and therefore did not wish to quarrel with him. When

Campeggio was leaving England the King wrote to Clement more politely than

might have been expected. He did not insist that the English commission

should be renewed.

"We could have wished," he said, "not less for your sake than our own,

that all things had been so expedited as corresponded to our expectation,

not rashly conceived, but according to your promises. As it is, we have to

regard with grief and wonder the incredible confusion which has arisen. If

a Pope can relax Divine laws at his pleasure, surely he has as much power

over human laws. We have been so often deceived by your Holiness's

promises that no dependence can be placed on them. Our dignity has not

been consulted in the treatment which we have met with. If your Holiness

will keep the cause now advoked to Rome in your own hands, until it can be

decided by impartial judges, and in an indifferent place, in a manner

satisfactory to our scruples, we will forget what is past, and repay

kindness by kindness."

As the Pope had professed to be ignorant of the extent of his dispensing

power, the King proposed to submit this part of the question to the canon

lawyers of Europe. The Nuncios, meanwhile, in Paris and London advised

that the Pope and the Emperor should write in a friendly way to the King.

Charles was believed in England to have said "that the King should stick

to his wife in spite of his beard." He had not used such words, and ought

to disclaim them, but he might endeavour to persuade the King to let the

divorce drop.

The Parliament meanwhile had been fiercely busy in cutting down the Church

courts--abolishing or limiting the various forms of extortion by which the

laity had been plundered. The clergy were required to reside upon their

benefices. "Pluralities" were restricted. The business of the session had

been a series of Clergy Discipline Acts. The Bishop of Rochester

especially clamoured over the "want of faith" which such Acts exhibited,

but nothing had been done of which the Pope could complain, nothing of

which, perhaps, he did not secretly approve. Catherine, through her agents

at Rome, demanded instant sentence in her cause. The Pope's inclination

seemed again on Henry's side. He described an interview with the Emperor,

who had urged Catherine's case. He professed to have replied that he must

be cautious when the case was not clear. Many things, he said, made for

the King. All the divines were against the power of the Pope to dispense.

Of the canon lawyers, some were against it; and those who were not against

it considered that the dispensing powers could only be used for a very

urgent cause, as, to prevent the ruin of a kingdom. The Pope's function

was to judge whether such a cause had arisen; but no such inquiry was made

when the dispensation of Julius was granted. The Emperor must not be

surprised if he could do no more for the Queen.

The Emperor himself thought of nothing less than taking his uncle "by the

beard." He wished to be reconciled to him if he could find a way to it.

For one thing, he was in sore need of help against the Turks, and Chapuys

was directed to ascertain if Henry would give him money. Henry's reply was

not encouraging, and sounded ominously, as if his mind was making perilous

progress on the great questions of the day. He said it would be a foolish

thing for him to remit money to the Emperor and help him to maintain three

armies in Italy, which ought to be elsewhere. He had consulted his

Parliament, and had found he could not grant it. The said money might be

turned to other use, and be employed to promote dissension among Christian

princes. At a subsequent interview the conversation was renewed and

took a more general turn. The King spoke of the Court of Rome--the

ambitious magnificence of which, he said, "had been the cause of so many

wars, discords, and heresies." Had the Pope and Cardinals, he said,

observed the precepts of the Gospel and attended to the example of the

Fathers of the Church [several of whom the King mentioned, to Chapuys'

surprise], they would have led a different life, and not have scandalised

Christendom by their acts and manners. So far, Luther had told nothing but

the truth; and had Luther limited himself to inveighing against the vices,

abuses, and errors of the clergy, instead of attacking the Sacraments of

the Church, everyone would have gone with him; he would himself have

written in his favour, and taken pen in hand in his defence. Into the

Church in his own dominions he hoped, little by little, to introduce

reforms and end the scandal.

These expressions were dangerous enough, but there was worse to follow.

"Henry maintained that the only power which Churchmen had over laymen was

absolution from sin"; Chapuys found that he had told the Queen that he was

now waiting for the opinions of the foreign doctors; when he had obtained

these he would forward them to Rome; and should not the Pope, in

conformity with the opinions so expressed, declare the marriage null and

void, he would denounce the Pope as a heretic and marry whom he


"The Lady Anne," Chapuys said, "was growing impatient, complaining that

she was wasting her time and youth to no purpose." The House of Commons

had already "clipped the claws" of the clergy, and it was not impossible

that, on the plea of the various and contradictory judgments on the

matter, they and the people might consent to the divorce.

The hope that the King might be held back by national disapproval was thus

seen to be waning. The national pride had been touched by the citation of

an English sovereign to plead before a foreign court. Charles V. feared

that the Pope, alarmed at the prospect of losing England, would "commit

some new folly" which might lead to war. The English Nuncio in fact

informed Chapuys, much to the latter's astonishment, that the Pope had

ordered him to find means to reconcile the King and the Emperor. Chapuys

thought the story most unlikely. The Emperor would never have trusted the

Pope with such a commission, nor was the Pope a promising mediator, seeing

that he was more hated in England than might have been supposed.

There were evident signs now that the country meant to support the King.

The Duke of Norfolk told the Ambassador that unless the Emperor would

permit his master to divorce the Queen and take another wife, there was no

remedy left. The King's scruples of conscience, instead of abating, were

on the increase, owing to the opinions of others who thought as he did,

and no one in the world could turn him. Chapuys thought it more

likely than not that the question would be introduced at once into

Parliament, where he had heard that a majority had been bribed or gained

over to the King's side. With the consent of the Commons he would consider

himself secure all round. Should the Pope pronounce in favour of the

Queen, the English would say that the sentence was unjust, for, besides

the suspicion and ill-will they had towards the Pope and other

ecclesiastical judges, they would allege that in confirming the Bull of

Pope Julius, the Pope and Cardinals would be only influenced by their own

interest "to increase the authority of the Pope, and procure him money by

such dispensations."

At this moment Chapuys feared some precipitate step on Henry's part.

Norfolk, whom he saw frequently, told him that "there was nothing which

the King would not grant the Emperor to obtain his consent, even to

becoming his slave for ever." "The reform of the clergy was partly

owing to the anger of the people at the advocation of the cause to Rome."

"Nearly all the people hated the priests," Chapuys said--an important

testimony from an unwilling witness. Peers and Commons might be brought to

agree that Popes could grant no dispensations in marriages or anything

else, and so save their money. If there was nothing to restrain them but

respect for the Pope, they would not care much for him, and the Holy See

would have no more obedience in England than in Germany. The Duke of

Norfolk talked as menacingly as the rest. He said publicly to the

Ambassador "that the Pope himself had been the first to perceive the

invalidity of the marriage, had written to say that it could not stand,

and would so declare himself, or have it legally declared.... and now,

being in the Emperor's power, the same Pope would have the case tried and

determined only as the Emperor wished."

Under these circumstances Chapuys could only advise that means should be

taken to weaken or defer the action of Parliament. The Cambray proposal

might be revived, or a suggestion made that the cause should be argued

before the Sorbonne at Paris. The Duke of Norfolk could perhaps be gained

over; but, unfortunately, he and Queen Catherine were not on good terms.

The Duke was afraid also--the words show how complicated were the threads

which ruled the situation--that, should the King dismiss the Lady Anne,

the Cardinal would in all probability regain his influence, owing to his

uncommon ability and the King's readiness to restore him to favour.

Everyone perceived the King bore the Cardinal no real ill-will, and should

the King's affection for the lady abate in the least, the Cardinal would

soon find means of settling the divorce in a manner which would cost the

opposite party their lives. In this letter of Chapuys is the first

allusion which I have found to the Mary Boleyn scandal, then beginning to

be heard of in circles opposed to the divorce: "People say," he wrote,

"that it is the King's evil destiny that impels him; for had he, as he

asserts, only attended to the voice of conscience, there would have been

still greater affinity to contend with in this intended marriage than in

that of the Queen his wife." The story is referred to as a fresh

feature of the case, which had not before been heard of.

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