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Depictions of students in literature and Catherine Fletcher on Our Man in Rome

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 January 2012

Mariella Frostrup speaks to Catherine Fletcher who discusses her non fiction book Our Man In Rome: Henry VIII and His Italian Ambassador. Based on hundreds of previously undiscovered Italian archives, it documents Gregorio Casali's role in Rome during the six years of negotiations over Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon.

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  • BOOK LIST

    Our Man in Rome, Henry VIII & his Italian Ambassador by Catherine Fletcher.
    Published by Bodley Head

    Noughties by Ben Masters
    Published by Hamish Hamilton.

    The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
    Published by Hammer Books

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