Measure for Measure Contents
- Shakespeare, William
- 1564 - 1582: William Shakespeare's Stratford Beginnings
- 1582 - 1592: William Shakespeare's Marriage, Parenthood and Early Occupation
- 1592 - 1594: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 1
- 1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 2
- 1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 3
- 1611 - 1616: William Shakespeare - Back to Stratford
- Social / political context
- Religious / philosophical context
- The Theatre
- Act I
- Act II
- Act III
- Act IV
- Act V
The grounds for divorce
Henry's desire for escape
At about the time Henry was despairing of Katharine producing a male heir, he was strongly attracted to one of her ladies-in waiting, Anne Boleyn.
In 1527, Henry asked Cardinal Wolsey to ensure that Pope Clement VII granted him a divorce.
More on Cardinal Wolsey: After the Pope, the highest-ranking Catholic priests are Cardinals, and in England under Henry VIII, one of his most important statesmen was a cardinal – Cardinal Wolsey.
However, even had the Pope wished to do so, he was not a free agent:
- The current King of Spain, also known as the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, had invaded Italy and was in control of Rome.
- Charles was the nephew of Katharine of Aragon and not prepared to have her insulted.
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