wondered by Joana Galhardo Tags

Henry VIII did not have six wives, or even eight, as some of you may also think.

“What? Yes he did! I might not have been that good in History, but I remember this one! He even created a new religion or whatever just to keep marrying around!” – You may say.
…Yeeeah, but no.

First of all, let’s reduce that number eight down to six! Elizabeth Blount and Mary Boleyn were just mistress!

Onto the wives now!

Apparently, Henry, as the head of the Church of England, declared himself that his first marriage, with Catherine of Aragon, was invalid on the grounds that a man cannot sleep with his brother’s (Arthur, Prince of Wales) widow.
Minus one!

Henry’s second marriage to Anne Boleyn was declared illegal by the pope; because the king was still married to his first wife…Yeah he only got that first marriage annulled after he married this one. Pff…Silly!
And then there were four!

Henry’s fourth marriage to Anne of Cleves was annulled, as the marriage was never consummated.
Also, slutty Anne happened to be betrothed to Francis, Duke of Lorraine. At the time, being engaged would bar the individual from marriage.
So this leaves us with three wives.

But! The marriage with the fifth wife, Catherine Howard, which, by the way, happened almost immediately after the annulment of his marriage to slutty Anne was arranged (Yep, he learned from that first time!), was also annulled!
Bringing us down to two wives!

Wonder about that!