Henry VIII and the scourge of papal power

Henry VIII was a warrior king in every respect, says George Bernard, taking the fight to Frenchmen, Scots, his counsellors, wives and, above all, Rome...

Hans Holbein the Younger’s portrait of Henry VIII, c1537. Henry’s clash with the church was, says George Bernard, the most significant episode of the Tudor era and transformed England’s relationship with continental Europe. (Photo by Print Collector/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

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