Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves: journey to a doomed marriage? - English Heritage Blog
Henry VIII sees Anne of Cleves for the First Time Born on this day (22 September) in , Anne was the daughter of a Although Henry VIII had liked the portrait Hans Holbein had painted of Anne, when he met her he was. Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's most successful queen down in history as the ugly wife, and she was the shortest reigning of all Henry's wives. Anne of Cleves Meets Henry VIII – 1 January This overly familiar behaviour from a stranger shocked Anne and, of course, she did not.
After the divorce of Catherine, the execution of Anne and the early death of Jane, few noble women in England were willing to marry Henry.
To many he appeared tainted and marriage to him seemed to come with a price. After a period of mourning, Henry sent men around western Europe to seek out a new wife for him.
They were instructed to bring back portraits of the women they believed Henry would be interested in.
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Anne of Cleves was chosen from one such portrait. Anne was born in She was not well educated and knew little about the world outside of Cleves.
She had been brought up to obey and when her brother signed a marriage treaty with Henry she duly sailed for England — having never met Henry VIII. He was not at Dover to meet her ship when it docked, but he did go to see her at Greenwich Palace. Their first meeting did not go well.
Anne of Cleves Meets Henry VIII - 1 January - The Anne Boleyn Files
Anne was staring out of a window at Greenwich when Henry burst into her room. She did not recognise him and continued to stare out of the window. For a man who expected to be instantly recognised and bowed to, this was a serious snub. Henry had also commented to Thomas Heneage and Anthony Denny that he could not believe she was a virgin. Cromwell, the moving force behind the marriage, was attainted for treason.
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The marriage was annulled on 9 Julyon the grounds of non-consummation and her pre-contract to Francis of Lorraine. Henry VIII's physician stated that after the wedding night, Henry said he was not impotent because he experienced "duas pollutiones nocturnas in somno" two nocturnal pollutions while in sleep; i.
After the annulment[ edit ] Anne of Cleves' arms as queen consort. Anne of Cleves Housein LewesEast Sussexis just one of many properties she owned; she never lived there.
Henry and Anne became good friends—she was an honorary member of the King's family and was referred to as "the King's Beloved Sister". She was invited to court often and, out of gratitude for her not contesting the annulment, Henry decreed that she would be given precedence over all women in England save his own wife and daughters.
Henry quickly refused to do so. As the new Queen was a strict Catholic, Anne yet again changed religion, now becoming a Roman Catholic. According to Simon Renardthe imperial ambassador, Anne's close association with Elizabeth had convinced the Queen that "the Lady [Anne] of Cleves was of the plot and intrigued with the Duke of Cleves to obtain help for Elizabeth: Despite occasional feelings of homesickness, Anne was generally content in England and was described by Holinshed as "a ladie of right commendable regards, courteous, gentle, a good housekeeper and verie bountifull to her servants.
In it, she mentions her brother, sister, and sister-in-law, as well as the future Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Suffolk, and the Countess of Arundel. The most likely cause of her death was cancer. Anne's epitaph in Westminster Abbey, which is in English, reads simply: She was not the longest-lived, however, since Catherine of Aragon was 50 at the time of her death.
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