Henry VIII and His Wives? Twitter Chooses the Worst Marriage in History

By Chris Heller

In our April issue, we asked an eclectic panel of experts and public figures to pick the worst marriage in history. Their answers varied from historic alliances (the Nazi Party and the Catholic Church) and contemporary ones (the European Union), to Hollywood couples (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) and tabloid socialites (Jocelyn Wildenstein and her husband, Alec).

We posed the question to Twitter, too. This is a small collection of the best answers we saw.

The most common answer, by far, mentioned Henry VIII's infamous love life.

Those suggestions were Tudor-approved, naturally.

Although, as any history scholar will tell you, he wasn't the only monarch who should vie for the "Worst Marriage Ever" title.

Others shot a glance toward American politics.

Some mentioned notorious tabloid fodder.

And, of course, we can't forget the occasional ill-fated corporate union.

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