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From: "Roy Stockdill" <>
Subject: Re: Bigamy
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 16:47:07 +0000
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> From: (cecilia)

> One might consider Henry VIII's views on the legitimacy of his daughter
> Mary as he renounced his marriage to Katharine of Aragon. >

Henry VIII altered his views to suit his circumstances!

His argument to the Pope that his marriage to Catherine of Aragon
was invalid was on the basis that he had married his deceased
brother's wife. However, when he wanted to marry Anne Boleyn he
conveniently forgot that he had had a relationship (and, it is said,
two children) with her elder sister Mary, and so his marriage to Anne
was also illegal under canon law.

The Pope had given a dispensation in the first case but wouldn't in
the second, which was why Henry split with Rome - a fact for which we
should all be very grateful, since it hastened the arrival of parish
registers in 1538.

Hence, Henry's lust and his ambivalence about his marital views were
a very good thing for family historians, whatever else he may have

Roy Stockdill
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From the wiles of the stranger
If one's own kin and kith
Were more fun to be with

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