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Why did Henry the VIII want to divorce Catherine of Aragon?

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02/05/2014

Henry VIII wanted to divorce Catherine because he had fallen in love with Anne Boleyn.
Catherine of Aragon - First wife of Henry VIII:

The Spanish princess, who had previously been married to Henry's brother Arthur, Catherine of Aragon (1485 - 1536), was unable to provide Henry VIII (1491 - 1547) with a male heir; which he desperately wanted, despite six pregnancies and only one living daughter (Mary). After Henry became enamoured of Anne Boleyn, he decided to divorce Catherine in 1533 and eventually had their marriage annulled. Her health went into decline and she died on 7 January 1536.
after 4 or 5 miscarriages and the birth of a daughter, Catherine of Aragon injured herself giving birth. Henry could tell she wasn't able to bore him a son, so he pretty much tore apart the country trying to find someone who could.