Throughout the 1540s

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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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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.

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