Narcissism of Henry VIII

As a young king, Henry believed he deserved the absolute best of everything…including his brother’s widow, Catherine of Aragon. As an heir apparent and then king of England, Henry could not marry just anyone; his wife was required to be a highly educated, beautiful, and powerful princess in her own right. Again, this supports the growth of narcissism: insisting on having the best, expecting compliance with demands, and being preoccupied with fantasies. All of these things would become more prominent during his engagement to Catherine as well as their marriage and subsequent divorce.

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