Originally Posted by Roman2k
In fact, King Henry VIII of England was able to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, based on the argument that they did not consummate their marriage. This eventually led to the Henry marrying Anne Boleyn and splitting England from church in Rome (there is much more to this, long story).
Whilst you're right about the rest of the consummation bit, you're wrong about this. Had Henry VIII and Catherine or Aragon never consummated their marriage, they would have had a rather boring 24 years together, and there would have been some nervous glances towards Ye Olde Milkman regarding the infant Mary.
Consummation did play a key role in the affair, but in a more indirect way. Henry VIII argued that he couldn't have been legally married to Catherine of Aragon, as she had previously been the wife of Henry's elder brother Arthur, who had since died. However, it was the Pope that argued that Catherine was never married to Arthur
on the grounds that Catherine and Arthur had never consummated the marriage. If that was true (which it may have been), Catherine and Arthur were never legally married, so Henry couldn't have his marriage to Catherine annulled.
As it happens, Henry decided that the Pope's views were wrong (both on the matter of the marriage and on whether West Brom would stay up), gave him the old heave-ho, and got his best friend (coincidentally the Archbishop of Canterbury) to annul the marriage for him. Thus, Mary was a bastard, Lady Jane Grey was the rightful queen after Edward VI, the Stuarts never would have come to the throne, and the United Kingdom wouldn't exist today. ARGH!
Originally Posted by CroatTommy
Yes yes Serbs and English the same thing, we know.
That's made up my mind. SERB-EE-AH! SERB-EE-AH!