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Vatican to give Queen copy of Henry VIII’s divorce plea

A copy of a document in which Henry VIII’s peers appeal to Pope Clement VII to annual the king’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon will be given to the Queen today.

The 95 x 46cm (37 x 18in) parchment, which dates from 1530 and bears 81 red wax seals, is a key document of events leading to the schism between Rome and the Church in England.

Scrinium, a Venice-based publisher that promotes the historic and cultural wealth of the Vatican and reproduces treasures from its archives, said that the facsimile would be presented to Lady Roberts, the Royal Librarian since 2002. The collectors’ item normally costs €50,000 (£44,000).

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