A report on Church of England and Annulment

Hereford Cathedral is one of the church's 43 cathedrals; many have histories stretching back centuries
Thomas Cranmer was the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury and principal compiler of the Book of Common Prayer
Major repairs were done to Canterbury Cathedral after the Restoration in 1660.
Captain John Smith's 1624 map of Bermuda, showing St Peter's at centre, left
One of the now "redundant" buildings, Holy Trinity Church, Wensley, in North Yorkshire; much of the current structure was built in the 14th and 15th centuries
Richard Hooker (1554–1600), one of the most influential figures in shaping Anglican theology and self-identity
Canterbury Cathedral houses the cathedra or episcopal chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury and is the cathedral of the Diocese of Canterbury and the mother church of the Church of England as well as a focus for the Anglican Communion
Stained glass window in Rochester Cathedral, Kent
Dioceses of the Church of England
The parish church of St Lawrence in Toot Baldon is typical of many small English village churches
Map showing the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe with the archdeaconries colour-coded
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

The English church renounced papal authority in 1534 when Henry VIII failed to secure a papal annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

- Church of England

The Church of England, the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, historically had the right to grant annulments, while divorces were "only available through an Act of Parliament."

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Portrait of Henry VIII after Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1537–1562

Henry VIII

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King of England from 22 April 1509 until his death in 1547.

King of England from 22 April 1509 until his death in 1547.

Portrait of Henry VIII after Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1537–1562
The meeting of Francis I and Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520
Henry with Emperor Charles V (right) and Pope Leo X (centre), c. 1520
Portrait of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second queen; a copy of a lost original painted around 1534.
Portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1537
Portrait of Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1539
Portrait of a woman believed to be Catherine Howard, Henry's fifth wife, by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1540
Catherine Parr, Henry's sixth and last wife
Henry in 1540, by Hans Holbein the Younger
Coffins of King Henry VIII (centre, damaged), Queen Jane (right), King Charles I with a child of Queen Anne (left), vault under the choir, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, marked by a stone slab in the floor. 1888 sketch by Alfred Young Nutt, Surveyor to the Dean and Canons
Musical score of "Pastime with Good Company", c. 1513, composed by Henry
Catherine of Aragon watching Henry jousting in her honour after giving birth to a son
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Thomas Cromwell in 1532 or 1533
Gold crown of Henry VIII, minted c. 1544–1547. The reverse depicts the quartered arms of England and France.
King Henry VIII sitting with his feet upon Pope Clement VI, 1641
A 16th-century depiction of the Parliament of King Henry VIII
Henry's Italian-made suit of armour, c. 1544. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Depiction of Henry embarking at Dover, c. 1520
The division of Ireland in 1450

His disagreement with Pope Clement VII about such an annulment led Henry to initiate the English Reformation, separating the Church of England from papal authority.

With the chance for an annulment lost, Cardinal Wolsey bore the blame.