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Unformatted text preview: The dispensation Henry requested from Pope Clement not only rested on shaky theological grounds–since the passage in Leviticus was contradicted by others in the bible–but it also was politically difficult for the pope to honor the request. First of all, Henry was, in effect, asking Clement to declare that an earlier pope had made a mistake in granting the original dispensation for Henry to marry Catherine of Aragon. The pope was quite unwilling to damage the Church's moral authority with such a sensational declaration. Also, the pope was in a very delicate position where the Emperor Charles V was concerned. The German armies of Charles, who was Catherine's nephew, had sacked Rome in 1527, putting the emperor in possession of much of Italy, and making the pope his virtual prisioner. Henry was basically asking the pope to discard the emperor's aunt, but there was no way the pope would dare resist...
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08