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Was Henry VIII right to divorce his wife?

coolperson2
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9/25/2015 6:01:18 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
In 1533 he divorced Catherine of Aragon. He created his own church called the Church of England, but do you think he was right to do this? He desperately wanted a son to continue the Tudor reign, so this was a reason why he did that. But what do you think?
Atheist-Independent
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10/3/2015 12:29:38 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/25/2015 6:01:18 PM, coolperson2 wrote:
In 1533 he divorced Catherine of Aragon. He created his own church called the Church of England, but do you think he was right to do this? He desperately wanted a son to continue the Tudor reign, so this was a reason why he did that. But what do you think?

He did not want another goddamn War of the Roses. That's what happened when Henry VI died with no heir: the bloodiest civil war in English history. He was entirely justified if he knew Catherine was not going to give him an heir. Plus, establishing the Church of England greatly benefited Henry and England in many ways.
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10/3/2015 11:31:24 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 9/25/2015 6:01:18 PM, coolperson2 wrote:
In 1533 he divorced Catherine of Aragon. He created his own church called the Church of England, but do you think he was right to do this? He desperately wanted a son to continue the Tudor reign, so this was a reason why he did that. But what do you think?

He also wanted to break with the church and consolidate national power in England. Henry is remembered for his bloody divorces and break from Rome, but he really was one of the most brilliant political operators in Western History.

It's kind of ironic that his similarly gifted daughter, who was never deemed acceptable by him, managed to finish what he started.

I think that it was a good move, though we can't tell for sure. If England had remained Catholic the Spanish Armada wouldn't have been destroyed, and they wouldn't have become the maritime and mercantile powerhouse that they eventually did. They also may have been surrounded by hostile powers in the Netherlands, Germany, and France (or, more likely, the revolt in the Netherlands would have also failed, completely jettisoning the Protestant cause and changing the face of history into something unrecognizable.)
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