I just love your website & am so grateful to you for creating & maintaining it! My question is…given the fact that Henry annulled his marriage to Anne anyway, why didn’t he just banish her to a nunnery instead of the horrible way in which she was treated?
In my opinion, Henry wanted Anne Boleyn out of the way for good. Catherine of Aragon had been offered the chance to go into a nunnery but had refused and had caused Henry problems for many years as she fought for her marriage and the rights of her daughter, Henry probably thought that Anne, being a strong character too, would cause him just the same type of problems if he allowed her to live. She had to go, permanently.