Throughout the 1540s, Henry's health was in steady decline. He suffered chronic headaches and an ulcer on his leg which kept him in great pain. He grew enormously fat, and he was peevish and unpredictable in his behavior. By the summer of 1546, the king could not walk or stand up by himself. His mind remained very sharp, however. It was said that during his last years the king often engaged in rigorous theological debates with his wife, Katherine Parr, who was known to be Protestant in her convictions. Strangely, in August 1546, Henry began to entertain Protestant views on the sacraments, but also entered into secret negotiations with a Papal envoy to discuss the possibility of submitting England once more to the supremacy of the Roman pontiff.King Henry VIII passed away in his bed at Whitehall palace January 28, 1547. He was fifty-five years of age, physically a very old man. His hand was in Archbishop Cranmer's
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