40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better
Mary’s affair with the King actually added another complicated layer to Anne’s eventual marriage to him.
Given the lengths he went to in order to have his marriage to Catherine annulled so he could marry Anne Boleyn, it’s not at all surprising that Henry ran afoul of other legal standards of the time. Once his affair with Mary came to an end and he began his courtship with Anne, there were some matters that needed to be attended to before they could get married. According to laws of the time, it was considered incestuous for a man to marry a woman whose sister he had relations with. In order to get the go-ahead to go after Anne, Henry had to seek a papal dispensation. Ironically, this is the same excuse he used in his request to have his marriage to Catherine annulled (she was previously married to Henry’s brother). What complicated webs we weave.