Who else thinks Anne Boleyn's cat and mouse games blew the fuse in Henry VIII's brain?
I think his views towards marriage became totally messed up after Anne Boleyn. He easily became tired afterwards and nothing could excite him anymore.
Hence his manic wife-changing.
I donīt think his frantic wife search was caused by Anne Boleyn.
I think he was desperate because he needed a male heir. Anne Boleyn didnīt produce one, so he "had" to move on same as he did from Katherine of Aragon to Anne, then from Anne to Jane Seymour. In the first place, he probably would have stayed married to Katherine if she had produced a male heir/s, and had some mistresses on the side. Why he had Anne executed (horrible!!) is most likely because he did NOT want to go through years and years of divorce proceedings as he had with Katherine. Better to get it over with in a heartbeat, and "modest" Jane was waiting in the wings, practically stepping over the body of Anne to marry her king!
Jane, whom he allegedly loved very much, did give birth to a living son - but SHE died. I think that devastated him. In my opinion he became wacko due to that mostly - and accumulated horrors, as for instance having your wife and the mother of your daughter beheaded!!
Anne of Cleves was nothing but a side note - I think he was pressured into that marriage by the "grey" men of his time; they felt it necessary to secure the throne with more heirs than just the one. After the fiasco with her, he chose himself
a silly little girl, Kathryn Howard. Poor Kathryn. Beheaded too...
The last wife, Katherine Parr, was engaged when the king proposed to her, and she was NOT interested in the king at all, but she had no choice but to marry him. She married the man she loved and was engaged to after Henry died. She walked on eggshells during the marriage to Henry and managed to keep her head on her shoulders.
I think it was far more complicated than Anneīs games, and I think it is giving her credit for more power than she had.