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  1. Katie

    I believe the cover photo for the article is a painting of St. Teresa of Avila. I have seen it in several other places under that name, but never Elizabeth Barton. Perhaps a mix-up?

  2. I knew of her but she also made some of the wall predictions. She was controlled totally by a few who were trying to bring people back into fold. By then they knew the heavy hand of King Henry and nothing was going to stop from what he wanted. He just beginning to find his power and the church didn’t scare him. Though on his death bed he was holding a rosary. Wonder if he repented and asked for Confession?

    • Amy

      Henry stayed with many practices of the Catholic church, his biggest difference being that he rejected the authority of the pope. He still went to masses that were in Latin, and created a new set of factions based on religion in his court. Bishops like Gardiner were Catholic, Gardiner himself tried to convince Henry to try Katherine Parr for heresy for her Protestant beliefs. His Archbishop of Canterbury Cranmer was a protestant who was burned at the stake by Mary I. He really didn’t have a rhyme or reason to his religious policy, but in practice he remained Catholic to the end of his life.

    • Charlene

      He never stopped going to confession, hearing Mass, or thinking he was Catholic. Henry would NEVER have considered himself Protestant, not for a moment. He loathed Protestantism.

      Although there is a clear rhyme and reason to his religious changes: they reflect whatever he wanted his church to do for him at the moment.

      Novelists who make Henry profess himself a Protestant – or, infinitely worse, Anne Boleyn, who died before the word existed! – are the bane of historians.

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