Cromwell and Catherine (portrait)
Durham University Museums
Created on August 30, 2023
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Henry VIII’s chief minister from 1534 – 1540, Cromwell helped the King to establish the Church of England. Cromwell investigated Cuthbert several times, including searching his homes throughout Durham for suspicious material.
(1485 – 1540)
Patron to artists and writers and known as the first wife of Henry VIII. Cuthbert initially defended Catherine when the King asked for a divorce, but then changed his mind and supported Henry. Some speculate that Cuthbert was offered the position of Bishop of Durham in return for changing his mind.
Catherine of Aragon
(1485 – 1536)