On 25th January 1533, the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, King Henry VIII married his sweetheart Anne Boleyn at Whitehall.
The couple had been together for about seven year, possibly more, but the king was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. However, Henry VIII believed that marriage to be invalid, arguing that a dispensation for it should never have been granted by the pope because the marriage had been contrary to God’s laws. He had no qualms, therefore, in marrying Anne Boleyn.
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