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, […]

27 December 1539 – Anne of Cleves lands on English Soil

| December 27, 2015

27 December 1539 – Anne of Cleves lands on English Soil

On 27th December 1539, at 5pm, Anne of Cleves (or Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg as she was actually known in her home country) landed at Deal in Kent in preparation for her forthcoming marriage to King Henry VIII. She was met by Sir Thomas Cheyne and taken to Deal Castle to rest after her long journey. […]

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anne of Cleves or Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg

| September 22, 2015

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anne of Cleves or Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg

Happy 500th Birthday to Anne of Cleves! On 22nd September 1515, Anne of Cleves, or Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg as she was actually known in her home country, was born near Düsseldorf. Anne was the daughter of John III, Duke of Jülich, Cleves and Berg, an important German ruler, and his wife Maria of Jülich-Berg. Anne […]

4 September 1539 William, Duke of Cleves, promises his sister to Henry VIII

| September 4, 2015

4 September 1539 William, Duke of Cleves, promises his sister to Henry VIII

On this day in history, 4th September 1539, William, Duke of Cleves, promised his sister Anne of Cleves in marriage to Henry VIII by signing a marriage treaty. The treaty was then sent to England, where it was ratified and concluded by early October. Click here to read more about this and to read the […]