Marriage Problems 10 Famous Unconsummated Marriages Part 1

About ten unconsummated marriages among famous couples including Cleopatra, Henry VIII, Ammon and more.

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10 UNCONSUMMATED MARRIAGES

1. CLEOPATRA AND PTOLEMY XIII (married 51 B.C.)

Following the Egyptian practice of brother-sister marriages, Cleopatra--who was to become famous for her sexual alliances with the Romans Julius Caesar and Mark Antony--wedded her 10-year-old brother when their father died and they ascended the throne as coregents. However, Ptolemy's board of guardians hounded Cleopatra from the country two years later. The marriage was never consummated, and Ptolemy drowned, still a child, in the Battle of Alexandria.

2. INJURIOSIS AND A ROMAN WOMAN (married 3rd century A.D.)

When his wife wanted to remain a virgin for religious reasons, Injuriosis made a pact of mutual virginity with her. According to legend, their tombs, which were on the opposite sides of a room, moved together in the night after their deaths.

3. AMMON THE ALEXANDRIAN AND HIS WIFE (married 3rd century A.D.)

Ammon did not want to marry at all, but was forced to. So he convinced his wife to live in celibacy with him. First they coinhabited one hut in the desert, but the temptation was almost overwhelming, so they separated, moving into two huts. Trying to live as pure Christians, they ate nothing but bread and water, and Ammon never removed his clothes.

4. ARTHUR, PRINCE OF WALES, AND CATHERINE OF ARAGON (married 1501)

When Arthur, older brother of Henry VIII, died in 1502, he was still a teenager and had not consummated his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Shortly after Henry became king in 1509, he married the widow. Later, when trying to obtain a divorce from Catherine to wed Anne Boleyn, Henry argued that his marriage to Catherine was not legal in the eyes of the Church because she had been his brother's wife. Her reply: Her marriage to Arthur didn't count because it was never consummated. The matter took six years to resolve, but Henry did divorce Catherine and marry Anne.

5. HENRY VIII AND ANNE OF CLEVES (married 1540)

Henry VIII didn't meet Anne of Cleves until he was committed to marry her. Her looks and manner dismayed him. Twenty-four years old, she was scarred from smallpox, bony, and dull, though kind. In spite of the fact that he himself--a portly man of nearly 50--was no prize, he said, "I like her not," and later, after finding himself unable to have intercourse with her, nastily, he labeled her "the Flanders mare" and had the marriage annulled.

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