History-changing book found in Cornwall library

Book formed part of evidence to support Henry VIII's annulment from Catherine of Aragon.

The book, by theologian William of Ockham, formed part of the evidence gathered by the lawyers of Henry VIII in the 1530s as he sought to annul his marriage to his first wife Catherine of Aragon.  The book was discovered in the library of Lanhydrock, a National Trust property in Cornwall.

The book, which contains an inventory number dating from 1542 and notes made by Henry VIII’s secretaries, survived an 1881 fire at the property.

There are plans to display the book in a forthcoming exhibition.

Source: The Guardian via Marydee Ojala.