The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers: A Novel - Chapters LVII through LXXXVII Summary & Analysis

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Chapters LVII through LXXXVII Summary

On the pilgrimage, Henry and the men soon arrive at St. Oswerth's, a small monastery with deplorable conditions. The men lie abed, drunk, and one is with a young girl who is introduced as the prior's niece. Henry takes the many jewels harbored by the prior and pledges to close the place down. They then travel on to see Mary, and Henry asks her to come to court but she declines. She begs to be allowed to go to her mother, but he refuses, saying that the malcontents who gather around Katherine would be stirred to action if Mary were with her mother. Henry feels better physically upon his return, though he now faces additional trials. An oath, declaring Elizabeth his one and only true heir to the throne is to be circulated. The insinuation is that...

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