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Henry VIII Characters

Lord Chancellor is King Henry’s head of government, a position held by Cardinal Wolsey until his downfall. 

He has charge of the Great Seal, which must be affixed to make a law come into effect, and which is carried in front of him on grand occasions. He takes part in Queen Anne’s coronation procession, but is a good, conservative Catholic concerned about Cranmer’s newfangled religious ideas, and heads the meeting of the council that attempts to judge the Archbishop for heresy, and condemns him to the Tower before Cranmer pulls out his trump card of the King’s favor. Though we are told that Sir Thomas More has taken over the job, historically, by the time of the trial More was no longer Chancellor (see Sir Thomas More for details).

 

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