(The signature of Galileo Galilei is seen on a document displayed during the exhibition "Lux in Arcana, the Vatican secret Archives reveals itself" at the Capitoline Museums in Rome February 29, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Members of the English parliament wrote to Pope Clement VII in 1530 urging him to annul Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife so the king could marry Anne Boleyn, according to Vatican documents on display to the public for the first time.

In the large parchment letter, hung with over 80 pendant seals attached with red silk ribbon, they alluded to the “extreme remedies” they could pursue if their request were refused.

The letter, which preceded Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon and his rejection of the pope’s authority, is one of 100 documents that have been released from the Vatican Secret Archives for display in Rome’s Capitoline museums, the first time they have been allowed outside the Vatican City.

(Henry VIII's "Secret Matter" is displayed during the exhibition "Lux in Arcana, the Vatican Secret Archives reveals itself" at the Capitoline Museums in Rome February 29, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)