Anna, Tochter von Kleve by Heather R. Darsie

| July 16, 2015

Anna, Tochter von Kleve by Heather R. Darsie

Thank you to Heather Darsie for sharing this article on Anne of Cleves with us today. Heather is busy researching Anne at the moment and is finding her a fascinating woman. By the way, “Anna, Tochter von Kleve” means “Anne, daughter of Cleves”. July 16, 2015 marks the 458th anniversary of Anna von Kleve’s death. […]

9 July 1540 – The King is at liberty to marry another woman

| July 9, 2015

9 July 1540 – The King is at liberty to marry another woman

On 9th July 1540, convocation ruled that Henry VIII’s marriage to his fourth wife Anne of Cleves was null and void and that “the King is at liberty to marry another woman, and likewise the lady Anne free to marry.” The marriage was annulled “by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis […]

20 June 1540 – Anne of Cleves knows about Henry VIII and Catherine Howard

| June 20, 2015

20 June 1540 – Anne of Cleves knows about Henry VIII and Catherine Howard

According to Carl Harst, the Cleves ambassador and advisor to Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, it was on 20th June 1540 that Anne complained to him about her husband’s interest in Catherine Howard, one of her maids of honour. Harst tried to reassure the Queen that it was just a “light romance” and […]

6 January 1540 – An Epiphany wedding for Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| January 6, 2015

6 January 1540 – An Epiphany wedding for Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

On 6th January 1540, the Feast of the Epiphany, Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. Henry’s third wife, Jane Seymour, had died in October 1537 leaving the King grief-stricken and unable to think of remarrying for some time. Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief adviser, was […]

27 December 1539 – The Arrival of Anne of Cleves

| December 27, 2014

27 December 1539 – The Arrival of Anne of Cleves

On 27th December 1539, at 5pm, Anne of Cleves landed at Deal on the Kent coast, where she was met by Sir Thomas Cheyne and taken to Deal Castle to rest after her long journey. Anne was to be Henry VIII’s fourth wife and their marriage had been agreed upon by a treaty in September […]

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, known commonly as Anne of Cleves

| September 22, 2014

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, known commonly as Anne of Cleves

On this day in history, the 22nd September 1515, Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, or Anne of Cleves, was born near Düsseldorf. She was the second daughter of John III, Duke of Jülich, Cleves and Berg, an important German ruler, and Maria of Jülich-Berg. Anne had royal blood; not only was she descended from Edward I, she […]

16 July 1557 – The Death of Anne of Cleves, the King’s Right Dear and Right Entirely Beloved Sister

| July 16, 2014

16 July 1557 – The Death of Anne of Cleves, the King’s Right Dear and Right Entirely Beloved Sister

On 16 July 1557, Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, died at Chelsea Old Manor after a few months of illness. Her body was embalmed and placed in a coffin covered with a cloth bearing her arms. Tapers were lit around her coffin and prayers said on a daily basis. On 4 August 1557, […]

9 July 1540 – Henry VIII’s Fourth Marriage is Annulled

| July 9, 2014

9 July 1540 – Henry VIII’s Fourth Marriage is Annulled

On 9th July 1540, Convocation declared that the marriage between Henry VIII and his fourth wife Anne of Cleves was null and void: “After mature deliberation, they have found the marriage null by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis of Lorraine, that it was unwillingly entered into and never consummated, and […]