1 January – Catherine of Aragon gives birth to a son, and Henry VIII meets Anne of Cleves


On 1st January 1540, Henry VIII met Anne of Cleves for the very first time.

This meeting between King Henry VIII and the woman who would soon become his fourth wife, was a bit of a disaster, but exactly how much of a disaster was it? The accounts differ and Claire shares with you two slightly different contemporary accounts, one given in a chronicle and one shared in the annulment proceedings a few months later in 1540.

What happened on New Year’s Day 1540 at Rochester?

Find out all about Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves’ first meeting in this talk…

And on this day in 1511, Queen Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, gave birth to a son.

Find out more in this talk…

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