Excerpt from England Under Protector Somerset: An Essay Throughout Thursday, the 27th of January 1546-7, in the thirty-eighth year of his reign and the fifty-sixth of his age, Henry VIII. lay on his death-bed in the royal palace at Westminster. Parliament was in session, and three days before had attainted of treason the most experienced of his advisers. Of the Privy Council, besides the Duke of Norfolk, three members only were absent. Bishop Thirlby of Westminster was resident as ambassador at the court of Charles V.; Dr. Nicholas Wotton, Dean of Canterbury, had been sent on the conclusion of peace in the previous year to renew diplomatic relations with France; and his brother, Sir Edward Wotton, was Treasurer at Calais. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.