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‘Whomever I Join Will (God Willing) Be The Victor’: The Road To War

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In February 1540, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, led an embassy from Henry VIII to the French court. Henry's technique at the moment of Charles' visit to France seems to have been to offer some form of provocation in order to find out which way the wind was blowing. In the Spring of 1541, there was much talk of plans to re-unite Henry and Anne. Chapuys was sceptical, saying that Henry never took back a discarded wife, but Marguerite of Navarre was interested in the idea and passed some of Marillac's despatches to the duke of Cleves to encourage him. Henry's deviousness was confirmed when Chapuys learned from his spy on Marillac's staff how serious Anglo-French talks were in January 1542. The Anglo-French war began on 12 July. D'Orthe took his leave about 15 July and was escorted to Calais by a herald, bearing a not unhandsome present of plate.

Keywords: Anglo-French; Chapuys; Duke of Norfolk; Henry; Thomas Howard

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