Vatican sells facsimiles of Henry VIII letter that led to schism with Rome

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A priceless document which led to Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and the schism with Rome has been reproduced in exquisite detail by the Vatican and copies put on sale after spending 500 years shut away in its Secret Archives.

The Vatican announced that 200 copies of the elaborately decorated parchment from 1530, which bore an appeal by English peers to Pope Clement VII asking for the annulment of Henry's marriage, would go on sale for 50,000 euros (£43,000) each.

Each facsimile of the Causa Anglica, as the three-foot-long document is known, has taken two months to produce.

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