Abell, Thomas

Abell or Abel, Thomas

(both: ā`bəl), d. 1540, English priest, chaplain to Katharine of AragónKatharine of Aragón,
1485–1536, first queen consort of Henry VIII of England; daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragón and Isabella of Castile. In 1501 she was married to Arthur, eldest son of Henry VII.
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. In 1528 he served as Katharine's secret envoy to her nephew, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, in connection with Henry VIII's proposed divorce. Abell vigorously opposed the divorce. He was imprisoned for six years in the Tower of London and was finally executed for upholding the validity of Henry's first marriage.

Bibliography

See J. E. Paul, Catherine of Aragon and Her Friends (1966).

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