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The Tapestry navigates Henry’s court, as Cromwell, Gardiner, and Cranmer vie for royal favour

Nancy Bileau’s novel doesn’t airbrush the venality and violence of Henry VIII’s court

Thomas Cromwell depicted in Wolf Hall: his monastery closures cut off charitable lifelines

If the English Reformation had never happened our cathedrals would blaze with colour, our monasteries would house the homeless and our nation would be less gloomy

The TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's book has come to an end (PA)

The final episode of Wolf Hall was uncomfortable to watch

Catherine of Aragon: Henry's lawyers used Ockham

The copy of work on the theories of William of Ockham was found in a National Trust building

The four bronze angels (Victoria and Albert Museum)

The museum has raised the £5 million required to buy the four bronze statues created for the cardinal’s tomb

a scene from 'Wolf Hall' with Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell (PA)

It is important that Catholics learn about what really caused England’s break with Rome

Why do people assume that white-coated scientists are simply neutral – or benign - in the work they do, asks Francis Phillips (PA)

We have come to think that all scientific breakthroughs and discoveries must be viewed as ‘progress’

Pope Francis holds the relics of St Peter (AP)

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'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

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