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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

Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson, who play Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (AP)

Elizabeth Woodville was an extraordinary and beautiful woman whose descendents still rule us

Hilary Mantel is the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize twice (Photo: PA)

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel

The twice-winner of the Man Booker Prize has found new riches in the otherwise exhausted seam of Tudor history

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII and Tamzin Merchant as Katherine Howard in the television series, The Tudors

She was a pawn, not a political player, and no one, it seems, felt sorry for her