Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

| September 22, 2016

Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

Today is the 501st anniversary of the birth of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII. You can find out about her background, how she came to be married to Henry VIII and what happened when they did marry in my article Birth of Anne of Cleves, but I thought it would be […]

Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

| August 4, 2016

Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

On this day in history, 4th August 1557, Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was buried at Westminster Abbey, in a tomb on the south side of the High Altar. The requiem mass was led by the Lord Abbot of Westminster and the chief mourner at the funeral was Elizabeth, Marchioness of […]

3 August 1557 – The remains of Anne of Cleves are processed to Westminster Abbey

| August 3, 2016

3 August 1557 – The remains of Anne of Cleves are processed to Westminster Abbey

Merchant-taylor and diarist Henry Machyn recorded that on this day in history, 3rd August 1557, the body of forty-one year-old Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII, was processed from her home, Chelsea Old Manor, where she had died on 16th July, to Westminster Abbey for burial. Read more… Also on this day in […]

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

| July 9, 2016

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, just over six months after he had married Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne was declared null and void. It was also declared that both parties were free to marry again. Anne did not ever remarry, but Henry already had wife number 5 waiting in […]

20 June 1540 – Queen Anne of Cleves is unhappy

| June 20, 2016

20 June 1540 – Queen Anne of Cleves is unhappy

On this day in history, 20th June 1540, five months after her marriage to King Henry VIII, Queen Anne of Cleves complained to her ambassador, Carl Harst, about the King’s interest in one of her maids of honour, a young woman by the name of Catherine Howard. Read more… Anne of Cleves is one of […]

The Anne of Cleves Panels – a Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma

| March 16, 2016

The Anne of Cleves Panels – a Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma

A big welcome to author Sarah Morris who has joined us today as part of the book tour for In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII co-authored with Natalie Grueninger. Congratulations to both Sarah and Natalie on the release of their new book. Their first book In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn […]

1540 – The Epiphany wedding of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| January 6, 2016

1540 – The Epiphany wedding of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

On the feast of the Epiphany, 6th January 1540, Henry VIII married Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, commonly known as Anne of Cleves, in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Greenwich Palace. Henry VIII had been trying to get out of the marriage since their disastrous meeting on New Year’s Day but had realised that […]

3 January 1540 and 1541 – Very different years for Anne of Cleves

| January 3, 2016

3 January 1540 and 1541 – Very different years for Anne of Cleves

What a difference a year made for Anne of Cleves! On 3rd January 1540 Anne was officially received by her soon-to-be husband, Henry VIII, at a spectacular pageant that spread from Greenwich Park to Blackheath. Chronicler Edward Hall1 describes the spectacle that greeted Anne: “On the morow being the third day of lanuary, & Saturday, […]