Do You Agree With The View That The Main Reasons For Henry's Failure To Obtain The Annulment Of His Marriage In The Years 1525 29 Was The Determined Opposition Of Katherine Of Aragon?

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Do you agree with the view that the main reasons for Henry's failure to obtain the annulment of his marriage in the years 1525-29 was the determined opposition of Katherine of Aragon?

Within the years of 1525-29 Henry failed to obtain an annulment of his marriage, it was suggested that the main reason for this failure was because of the determined opposition of Katherine of Aragon however it is also argued that other factors such as the pope keeping peace between England and Spain as well as the overall weakness of the kings case and his reliance’s on biblical reasons as well as Katherine’s of Aragon’s opposition all these factors also contributed to the failure to obtain the annulment.
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It’s seen that Katherine didn’t have an option on getting annulled from Henry. As source 6, a letter sent from Wolsey to Henry in 1517, suggest ‘the queen rejects my authority’ Wolsey was trying to present optimism to Henry if Katherine rejects the annulment which presents Katherine not having a option to whether Henry and herself get annulled from one another. The reliability of the source will be low as the source was written at the time of the process of Henry's annulment and was also written by Wolsey who’s job was to obtain the annulment and so as he failed to achieve the letter will be produced to keep Henry happy and optimistic of the annulment being obtained. So the suggestion that Katherine’s didn’t have any power over staying married to Henry and being queen, the decision was made for her, which contributed to her determined opposition to the annulment of her marriage to Henry in 1515-19.

Not only was it Katherine of Aragon determined opposition that contributed to Henry's failure to obtain an annulment there were also other contributing factors that have a huge impacting on Henry trying to secure the annulment.

Henry trying to receive consent from the pope is a factor to both the view that Katherine was the main reason for Henry's failure to obtain an annulment as well as other factors being the main reasons to obtain, as Katherine of Aragon used her own strengths as an advantage to dismiss Henry's plea to obtain the annulment, Katherine strengths were greatly used as the doubled as one of greatest weaknesses. Source 5 suggests that Katherine being aunt to king of Spain gave a massive gain for the opposition as Henry as England and Spain were broken allies which effected Henry being able to receive the pops consent as her was controlled by Charles the king of Spain. The unavailability of the consent by pope provided supportive evidence to both views on the matter as it supports Katherine being the causation to the failure as well as other factors contributing toward the failure of the...

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