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The Wives Of Henry the VIII

What was wrong with these women? All the man wanted was a son. Not one of them had the presence of mind to have sex with a farm hand in the back alley?

by Forsoothreply 1712/07/2017

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, lived.

by Forsoothreply 112/06/2017

Ann of Cleves did all right by herself in the end all things considered.

"Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived." [She's the second 'divorced']

by Forsoothreply 212/06/2017

For the first three, each of them had problems with fertility or delivering. For the last two he couldn't get it up. Anne of Cleves was passed over and gotten rid of.

by Forsoothreply 312/06/2017

I thought history had proven that the problem was probably Henry's and not the women.

by Forsoothreply 412/06/2017

Anne of Cleves was not "divorced."

She was annulled. And with more justification than the annulment of Katherine of Aragon afforded, since Henry and Anne apparently never had sexual relations.

by Forsoothreply 512/06/2017

Fortunately, Jane Seymour went on to have her own TV show.

by Forsoothreply 612/06/2017

OP, Anne Boleyn was falsely accused of sleeping with her brother to conceive a son, since the only living child she gave birth to was a girl.

R4, Henry was capable of fathering sons. His first wife (Catherine of Aragon) gave birth to a boy who died in infancy, & also produced two stillborn boys. Anne miscarried one or two male babies. Henry had one acknowledged illegitimate son & several other bastard boys were believed to be his offspring. He eventually did produce a male heir with his third wife, Jane Seymour (before her TV show), though Edward VI died in adolescence.

by Forsoothreply 712/06/2017

[quote]Fortunately, Jane Seymour went on to have her own TV show.

And this is why I keep coming back to DL. For little gems like that.

by Forsoothreply 812/06/2017

Henry VIII should have though if England and fucked Anne of Cleves.

Catherine Howard was fucking everybody. I wonder if Henry couldn't conceive because he couldn't get it up anymore or because Catherine caught an std that made her infertile.

by Forsoothreply 912/06/2017

He couldn't get it up.

by Forsoothreply 1012/06/2017

[quote] OP, Anne Boleyn was falsely accused of sleeping with her brother to conceive a son, since the only living child she gave birth to was a girl.

It's "the whore, Anne Boleyn:.

by Forsoothreply 1112/06/2017

Obviously the problem was with Henry, not his wives.

by Forsoothreply 1212/06/2017

Who’s Anne Berlin, R7???

by Forsoothreply 1312/06/2017

Poor Anne of Cleves. Henry VIII told an associate that not only was she ugly but she smelled, which was rich coming from a greasy walking pustule like him.

by Forsoothreply 1412/06/2017

Anne of Cleves did okay by Henry, in the long run. He annulled the marriage and gave her a lot of money and land, and had the court refer to her as "The King's Sister". She was friends with Henry's children as they succeeded him, and apparently lived rich, happy, and independent until her death. Sweet deal for a woman of her times!

As to Henry's problems with breeding a successor... this is a totally unspoorted theory but I found it interesting. Apparently there's a rare medical syndrove, where men have some kind of abnormal chemistry that affects fertility. If a woman has a child by such a man she develops some sort of immune response or allergic reaction to his DNA, so that after she's finished one pregnancy by him her body starts to reject subsequent fetuses. The doctor who proposed this theory pointed out that several women had borne Henry one healthy child and then suffered miscarriages or stillbirths. Well it's a theory, and would certainly support the consensus that "the problem was with Henry".

by Forsoothreply 1512/06/2017

They knew it but is was a sin.

by Forsoothreply 1612/06/2017

R15 I was about to post the same thing. The whole theory was laid out in this book -- I found it pretty plausible.

by Forsoothreply 1712/07/2017
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