- (Circa 1485–1540), English statesman, chief minister to Henry VIII 1531–40. He presided over the king’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon (1533) and his break with the Roman Catholic Church as well as the dissolution of the monasteries and the 1534 Act of Supremacy. He fell from favour over Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves and was executed on a charge of treason.
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