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‘The thing is,’ Anne said lightly, turning her collar up against the cold wind, ‘I thought I would adopt Henry.’ ‘You thought what?’ ‘I thought I would adopt little Henry as my own son.’ I was so astounded, I could only look at her. ‘You don’t even like him very much,’ I said, the first foolish thought of a loving mother. ‘You never even play with him. George has spent more time with him than you.’ Anne glanced away, as if seeking patience from the river and the jumbled roof tops of the City beyond. ‘No. Of course. That’s not why I would adopt him. I don’t want him because I like him.’ Slowly, ...more
I love this passage because it tells a real piece of history which is generally overlooked because it was, in the end, a cul de sac. Anne did adopt Mary’s little boy, but the birth of her own princess and then her execution meant that Henry Carey – as he was known – was never widely regarded as a potential pretender to the throne, like the other royal bastard Henry Blount, Richmond. It shows Anne as I chose to describe her in this novel: absolutely determined and unsentimental, George as a fellow traveler to the family ambition, and Mary as a woman who knows ambition and also has emotional ...more
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Nothing would be the same for any woman in this country again. From this time onwards no wife, however obedient, however loving, would be safe. For everyone would know that if a wife such as Queen Katherine of England could be put aside for no reason, then any wife could be put aside.
People, especially women, realised this truth at the time. Henry’s decision to set his wife aside despite her opposition was the end of true marriage in England. It would never be the same again. There had always been a double sexual standard – where wives must be faithful and husbands could be adulterous, but this was a new expansion of the powers of a husband: that he could put his wife aside against her will. The whole understanding of arranged marriages collapses if a husband can divorce for no better reason than he so chooses – and with it the contractual arrangements and family wealth.
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