4 September 1539 – A marriage arranged for Anne of Cleves

On this day in history, 4th September 1539, Anne of Cleves’ brother, William, Duke of Cleves, signed a marriage treaty promising Anne in marriage to King Henry VIII. She was to be the king’s fourth wife.

The treaty was then sent to the king in England and it was ratified and concluded by early October 1539. The couple married on the Feast of the Epiphany (6 January) 1540, but the marriage lasted only six months, being annulled in July 1540.

Click here to read more about the marriage treaty.

Picture: Miniature of Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger, William V of Jülich-Cleves-Berg by Heinrich Aldegrever.

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