6 January 1540 – The Wedding of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| January 6, 2014

6 January 1540 – The Wedding of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

On Epiphany, Tuesday 6th January 1540, a reluctant Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves, or Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. The bride was completely unaware of the fact that her groom had been trying his utmost to get out of the marriage, and that was why the wedding had been […]

27 December 1539 – Anne of Cleves Arrives in England

| December 27, 2013

27 December 1539 – Anne of Cleves Arrives in England

At 5pm on 27th December 1539, Anne of Cleves landed at Deal, on the Kent coast, and was met by Sir Thomas Cheyne who escorted her to Deal Castle. Anne had travelled to England to become the fourth wife and queen of King Henry VIII after their marriage had been agreed upon by treaty in […]

Sir William Butts, Royal Physician

| November 22, 2013

Sir William Butts, Royal Physician

On 22nd November 1545, Henry VIII’s trusted physician, Sir William Butts, died at Fulham Manor, Middlesex, after suffering from a “dooble febre quartanz”, a form of malaria. Butts acted as a royal physician at the court of Henry VIII from 1528 until his death. His patients included the King himself, queens Anne Boleyn and Jane […]

19 November 1541 – Chapuys Reports on the Catherine Howard Investigation

| November 19, 2013

19 November 1541 – Chapuys Reports on the Catherine Howard Investigation

On 19th November 1541, Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, wrote to Emperor Charles V. His letter included what he’d heard about Queen Catherine Howard’s imprisonment: “The day before yesterday the admiral Fitz-William sent me word by one of my own secretaries, and yesterday the Lord Privy Seal confirmed the news, that this Queen had confessed […]

November 1541 – Anne of Cleves Rumoured to Have Given Birth to the King’s Son

| November 13, 2013

November 1541 – Anne of Cleves Rumoured to Have Given Birth to the King’s Son

I had read before about rumours regarding Anne of Cleves having a child by Henry VIII, but I actually came across the primary sources for it while delving into Catherine Howard’s fall. In State Papers, in the section covering November 1541, there is a letter from the King’s Council, to Anthony Browne and Ralph Sadler […]

The Schwanenburg, Castle of the Dukes of Cleves

| October 9, 2013

The Schwanenburg, Castle of the Dukes of Cleves

Thank you so much to Elena Homburg from Kleve for taking these beautiful photos of Swan Castle (the Schwanenburg), the former home of the Dukes of Cleves, the family of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife. Anne is also said to have lived there before she travelled to England in 1539 to marry Henry […]

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

| September 22, 2013

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

On 22nd September 1515 Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg (known in English as 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 was also, […]

4 September 1539 – The Duke of Cleves Promises Anne of Cleves in Marriage to Henry VIII

| September 4, 2013

4 September 1539 – The Duke of Cleves Promises Anne of Cleves in Marriage to Henry VIII

On the 4th September 1539 William, Duke of Cleves, signed the marriage treaty promising his sister, Anne of Cleves, in marriage to King Henry VIII. The Duke then sent the treaty to England, where it was ratified and concluded by early October. In her book, “The Marrying of Anne of Cleves: Royal Protocol in Tudor […]