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It’s Complicated: Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn — 3 Comments

  1. While I don’t disagree with you, it’s often said that Katherine was the only woman Henry every truly loved. Do you think this is true- that he really loved her and only divorced her due to the promise of a son from another woman? Or do you think he never really loved her at all?

  2. I do think he loved her, at least in the beginning. He rescued her from a tough situation when he became king — it’s a long story — and from what I’ve been able to gather, he was a romantic who loved being her white knight.

    That being said, I read a biography of Anne Boleyn that I really liked, by a guy named Eric Ives, and from that, I got the sense that Henry really did love Anne and that it took pretty serious work to bring her down. Henry and Anne had so many interests and tastes in common that “Let me not to the marriage of true minds/ admit impediments” might have been written for them.

  3. I appreciate your reply, as well as your take on the subject. I’ll have to look into both that biography and the book mentioned before (which I may have at home).