Monday, July 27, 2015

"'Nevertheless, it is not for the Supremacy that you have sought my blood—but because I would not bend to the marriage!'"

     Saint Thomas More as quoted by Robert Bolt in A man for all seasons:  a play in two acts, Act 2 (New York:  Vintage International, Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 1990 [1960]), 160).

Wolf Hall, series 1, episode 4.
     In the Paris Newsletter's Account (=Michel de Castelnau, Memoires, vol. 1 (Brussels:  1731), pp. 417-418 (414 ff.)) of 4 August 1535, this appears (in English translation) as follows:
'I say further, that your Statute is ill made, because you have sworn never to do anything against the Church, which through all Christendom is one and undivided, and you have no authority, without the common consent of all Christians, to make a law or Act of Parliament or Council against the union of Christendom.  I know well that the reason why you have condemned me is because I have never been willing to consent to the King’s second marriage; but I hope in the divine goodness and mercy, that as St. Paul and St. Stephen whom he persecuted, are now friends in Paradise, so we, though differing in this world, shall be united in perfect charity in the other.  I pray God to protect the King and give him good counsel.'
Thomas More source book, ed. Gerard B. Wegemer & Stephen W. Smith (Washington, DC:  The Catholic University of America Press, 2004), 387 (underscoring mine), which quotes Letters and papers, foreign and domestic, of the reign of Henry VIII, vol. 8, ed. James Gairdner (London: Longmans & Co., 1885), no. 996, p. 395.

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