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Written by Michal
(9/12/2013 10:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I quite agree, penned by Nikki N
I think Mary Anne made an excellent point about the chilling fact people do evil while persuaded they are doing good. I guess maybe the same is true on a lesser scale of Katherine holding out against the divorce. You are right, there was a good deal of self-deception in Katherine's decision making, in terms of her relationship with Henry, her ability to maintain her position, and ultimately the impact on her daughter. However, humiliating the divorce might have seemed to Katherine, she was facing a lose/lose situation. Given Henry's character, she and Mary would undoubtedly been subjected to less misery if Katherine had compromised. There was a chance Henry might have been magnanimous if given his way, as he was to Anne of Cleves. That might have allowed Mary and Katherine to be together during Katherine's last years and perhaps Mary's life would have been less blighted.
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