Why Cromwell has he not simply left divorced Henri VIII of Anne Boleyn instead of accusing her of adultery?

Divorces were obviously not as easy to get in the Tudor era as they are today and there had to be a very good reason for annulling a marriage. It had taken Henry VIII around 7 years to annul his marriage to Catherine and that was with a pretty good argument, arguing that the Papal Dispensation that he had been given to marry his brother's widow was actually contrary to Biblical law. Even with that argument the Pope had still refused to grant Henry the divorce and Henry had been forced to break with Rome and get his own court to rule on the annulment. There was no way that Henry was going through that again. If he or Cromwell, or both of them, wanted to get rid of Anne then there needed to be a very good reason and she had to go for good. That is why, in my opinion, that Anne was accused of adultery, incest and plotting the King's death, she had to have committed treason and she had to be executed.


2 thoughts on “Why Cromwell has he not simply left divorced Henri VIII of Anne Boleyn instead of accusing her of adultery?”

  1. Chelsea says:

    I guess I am confused on this matter becuase if Henry broke from the church and divorced Katherine to marry Anne than why would he care what Rome thought about divorcing her. He believed he was Supreme Head of the Church so couldnt he have just granted a divorce and sent her away like he did to Katherine??? I have always thought that he didnt want to deal with what he went through with Katherine with Anne. Having her presence as a constant reminder for his “sins”. And I doubt Anne would have been any less submissive than Katherine. She would have thrown a fit and never would have given up her title as Queem that she worked 7 years to get.

  2. Sandra says:

    Henry broke with the catholic church during a time when pretty much everyone was a devout christian and catholic. To divorce Anne after that would’ve cost him even more of his subjects trust.He divorced Katherine of Aragon because, for him, it wasn’t a ‘true marriage’. According to him, the marriage to Anne was, so annulment was out. And catholic or not, marriage was still sacred. He had no grounds for divorce. They were legally married, she was able to bear children (no sons, but that doesn’t count as a reason). Plus, he would’ve made himself quite a fool in the common people’s eyes, if he had gone for a divorce, breaking away from the catholic church for one woman and then discarding her once a better one (to his eyes) came about.

    And, totally off-topic, but I have to add it: I love this website! The detail, the work you put into it shows everywhere. Thank you!

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