Henry VIII Hooked on Women: Historian

Reared in feminine household, Henry king became 'emotionally dependent' on women
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 16, 2009 4:24 AM CDT
Circa 1530, Henry VIII surrounded by his six wives, clockwise from top, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Catherine Parr and Jane Seymour.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Henry VIII may have been cruel to some of the women in his life, but he was "emotionally dependent" on them, according to a top expert on the oft-married king. Being raised in a feminine household after the death of his dad led Henry to fall in love and marry so many. "He was the only boy and became emotionally dependent on women. Or, to put it more bluntly, he was emotionally incontinent," said historian David Starkey.

"He could never be without women and was always falling in love. He also married, at least most of his six wives, for love. It's just that he would also fall out of love."