Henry very much conformed to popular belief regarding the duties and responsibilities of men and women in society. He believed that women were inferior to men, and that a wife should always obey her husband. In fact, it is theorised by many historians that what sealed the fate of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s wife who he later had executed for high treason, was her willingness to stand up to the King. Other wives such as Jane Seymour, who died tragically after childbirth, and Anne of Cleves, were known for their extreme submissiveness and obedience, and were treated exceedingly well by Henry for this.
He was an extreme traditionalist. (5/17)
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