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Jan. 17th, 2007

ok, so I noticed 2 things.
1. I'm not updating much at all
2. my useless facts kinda stopped.
so here they are again! lol

How Many wives did Henry VIII have?
2
or 4 if you're catholic
Henry's 4th marriage to Anne of Cleves was annulled. This is very different from divorce. Legally it means the marriage never took place.
There are 2 grounds for annullment. Anne and Henry never comsumated the marriage; that is, they never had intercourse. Refusal or inability to consumate a marriage is still grounds for an annullment today.
In addition, Anne was already betrothed to Frances, Duke of Lorraine when she was married to Henry. At that time, the formal act of betrothal was a legal bar to marrying someone else.
All parties agree no legal marriage had taken place, so that leaves 5.
The Pope declared Henry's 2nd marriage to Anne Boleyn illegal, because the King was still married to his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon.
Henry as head of the new Church of England, declared in turn that his 1st marriage was invalid on the legal ground that a man could not sleep with his brother's widow. The King cited the Old Testament, which he claimed as 'God's Law', whether the Pope liked it or not.
Depending on whether you believe the Pope or the King, this brings it down to either 4 or 3 marriages.
Henry annulled his marriage ro Anne Boleyn just before he had her executed for adultery. This was somewhat illogical: If the marriage had never existed, Anne could hardly be accused of betraying it.
He did the same with hsi 5th wife, Catherine Howard. All the evidence suggests she was unfaithful to him before and during their marriage. This time, Henry passed a special act making it treasonable for a queen to commit adultery. Once again, he also had the marriage annulled.
So that makes 4 annulments, and only 2 incontestable legal marriages.
Apart from Henry's last wife, Catherine Parr (who outlived him), the lady who got off lightest was Anne of Cleves. After their annulment, the King showered her with gifts and the official title of 'beloved sister'. She visited court often, swapping cooks, recipes, and household gadgets with the man who had never been her husband.

Ok, that's 1 fact done hehe :)

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kiwitart
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
hehe

that was interesting! I might start doing a fact too... we can both broaden out minds.
paul_n_deb
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
ha, you should!!
kiwitart
Jan. 19th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
I tried but got sidetracked by big brother.
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