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Pope Francis has said that one should not 'jealously guard' his or her life (CNS)

Henry VIII and his ‘cursed’ marriage

The King believed his first marriage had broken a biblical rule against marrying your brother’s wife

Mary I from a painting by Antonis Mor

Mary was a popular queen from whom Elizabeth I learned much

Priebke's funeral last week (AP)

The heroism and sacrifice of priests living under the Nazis is forgotten

Philippa Gregory (PA)

Philippa Gregory and other writers claim the Cousins’ War is an authentic term, but its origins are vague

'We think of Henry VIII and the destruction of the monasteries, but that was not the end of the destruction, it marked the beginning'

A new exhibition at Tate Britain highlights the scale of destruction to artworks in the Tudor period – a staggering amount of books and music were also destroyed

Natalie Portman says that 'the fallacy in Hollywood is that if you're making a 'feminist' story, the woman kicks ass and wins' (PA)

Assigning powerful women masculine qualities to negate their femininity was commonplace in the Tudor period

The death mask of Henry VII, Tudor King of England 1485-1509, at Westminster Abbey

There is no evidence of endowments set up to pay for prayers for the princes – Henry may have been scared of inspiring a religious cult

Kevin Spacey playing Richard III (PA)

The Catholic culture of the time may have persuaded Richard that the Princes in the Tower needed to ‘disappear’

A team of medieval jousters practice before the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden at Traquair House in May (PA)

The fate of James IV of Scots seems to point to a tradition that left the Tudors inured to the mistreatment of the dead