Why did Henry want an annulment?

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  • Why did Henry want an annulment?
    • Political reasons
      • he needed a healthy male heir in order to guarantee the future of the Tudor dynasty.
      • having a daughter might encourage others with a claim to the throne, to challenge for the throne.
    • Religious reasons
      • Henry viewed Catherine's inability to produce a son as a sign of God's displeasure.
      • thought God was punishing him because He disapproved of Henry's marriage to his brother's widow
    • Personal reasons
      • was deeply in love with Anne Boelyn
      • Catherine was in her forties and was not pretty anymore
      • Anne was young and beautiful
      • Anne would not have sex with him until they were married

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