The Other Boleyn Girl Themes

Philippa Gregory
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Power corrupts

Both King Henry and Anne Boleyn have such a drive for power that it becomes destructive. Henry's desire to be king of all of Europe was a driving force for him, causing wars, deaths and destruction of diplomatic relationships. Henry's wish to take a position as the head of the Church of England, usurping the power of the Pope, had negative consequences for the church, as well as for the country of England. The churches were drained of money now that they were "owned" by the king, and Henry gave himself the power to randomly and arbitrarily pass laws for his own benefit. Loyal friends became dispensable and, the tighter control became, the easier it was to violate the rules. People in the court became more suspicious and competitive, because the king and queen's need to control and hold on to their power forced them to employ...

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