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W. A. Sessions

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186250.001.0001

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The Deaths of 1536

The Deaths of 1536

(p.108) 4 The Deaths of 1536
Henry Howard the Poet Earl of Surrey

W. A. Sessions

Oxford University Press

1536 was to be a year of deaths and near-deaths in the world of Henry Howard. After the death in January of his first wife, the new Supreme Head announced to the Imperial Ambassador Eustace Chapuys that he had finally seen, in all their absurdity, the lies of the papacy, as had the Greek Christians earlier and as the German and Scandinavian princes had done in his own time. His crisis of conscience over the proper reading of Leviticus in the late 1520s had deep roots. From childhood onwards, when his brother Arthur was still alive, Henry VIII had been destined, at least as Lord Herbert reported it, by his grandmother Lady Margaret Beaufort and her beloved friend Bishop John Fisher for a religious vocation, nothing less than the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Keywords:   Henry Howard, 1536, deaths, Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, Henry VIII, Lord Herbert, John Fisher

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