April 25, 1536

Henry, although he undoubtedly knows that an investigative commission has been appointed, acts as though nothing has happened. He writes a letter to Richard Pate, his ambassador in Rome, and to Gardiner and Wallop, his envoys in France, referring to “the likelihood and appearance that God will send us heirs male [by] our most dear and most entirely beloved wife, the Queen.” Is he dissembling, or does he really have hope for the relationship?

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