The Main Reasons of Anne Boleyn’s Execution

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Different kinds of theories are circling around about the reasons why Henry VIII had his second wife beheaded. It is known that the king, who was notorious for his cruelty and heartlessness, had viciousness. He had even his best friends and allies killed if they were thought guilty in defeating his power. However, his main enemies were his wives. He had six wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr (www.luminarium.org). Two of them were beheaded: Anne Boleyn and her cousin, Catherine Howard. However, the execution of Anne was the most notorious one during the reign of Henry VIII. His reasons of beheading his wife were: he had difficulties with getting divorced from his previous wife and he did not want a long process, Anne could not give birth to a son who could have been his crown prince, he was not attracted by Anne anymore so that he had already had another mistress called Jane Seymour and finally Anne was accused with adultery and treachery which was an unforgiveable crime at that time. His previous wife was Catherine of Aragon who had been his brother’s widow. However, her marriage with Henry VIII went wrong when he realized that Catherine was not able to give birth to a healthy son. The only child who survived was Mary, a subsequent queen of England (www.luminarium.org). The monarch had several mistresses in order to have a son. One of them was Anne Boleyn’s sister; Mary Boleyn who later became pregnant and she gave birth to a healthy son (www.angelfire.com). However, the king got acquaintance with Anne and he declared Mary’s son a bastard. Anne meant a real challenge for him: “But Anne Boleyn was not a mistress like others. She kept Henry at arm’s length fo... ... middle of paper ... ...ecuted. Two days later Anne Boleyn died in the Tower as well. A couple of days after her execution Henry VIII married Jane Seymour. He did not even felt sorry for Anne. He watched her beheading without any emotions as she was a stranger (Morgan 139.) The governor of the Tower said that she did not look like scared of death at all (www.luminarium.org). Anne Boleyn’s destiny had fulfilled. Maybe if she had given birth to a healthy son of the monarch she would have been survived the cruelty of her husband. Her disability and ambition led her to the grave. If she could preserve her charm maybe the king would have been faithful to her. Finally, if she did not want to be the queen of England and the wife of Henry VIII she would not have had the same destiny as her predecessor. However, Catherine of Aragon died in a natural way and she had her dignitary when she died.

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