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2012-04-26 18:14 (UTC)
Yeah, because "sorry Arthur, we've grown apart and now I'm in love with Lancelot" would've totally flown back then.
Plenty of royal marriages appear to have been fairly sex-free (or at least "sex until heir and a spare is produced" then sex free) for one reason or another.
I think the laws of the land sentenced her to that, and Arthur, like her, was subject to them (by his own decree).
Lancelot would have been executed too, but he ran like a rabbit, so it was at least MEANT to be even handed... barbaric yes, but even handed.
"Adultery with the heir to the throne" is still high treason on the UK statute books and was one of the very last crimes still punishable by death (up until 1998 believe it or not) before being amended to life imprisonment. (So James Hewitt had a narrow escape)
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