Reasons for and attempts to achieve an annulment from Catherine of Aragon

Reasons for and attempts to achieve an annulment from Catherine of Aragon 

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  • Reasons for and attempts to achieve an annulment from Catherine of Aragon
    • Lack of a male heir
      • Henry was worried that Mary would not be taken as sovereign, since their had never been a female ruler of England
      • Catherine was not able to have any more children
    • Religious reasons
      • Believed that God was punishing him for marrying his brothers wife.
      • Believed this was why he did not have a male heir
        • Believed that God was punishing him for marrying his brothers wife.
      • A text  in the Old Testament, in The Book of Leviticus., claims that such a marriage was unlawful in the sight  of God
      • For Henry it  got stuck in his conscience, he had sinned against God and now he must atone.
    • Control of the curch
      • Henry believed that the Pope did not have the power to allow a marriage with his own sister in law, therefor he had never been married to her in the sight of God
    • Anne Boleyn
      • Henry was  much more attracted to Anne Boleyn than he was to Catherine
      • Anne Boleyn and her family had been putting their influence in on Henry to move away from Catherine and to Anne

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