Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

Sep22,2016 #Anne of Cleves

Anne_of_Cleves,_by_Hans_Holbein_the_Younger.LouvreToday is the 501st anniversary of the birth of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII. You can find out about her background, how she came to be married to Henry VIII and what happened when they did marry in my article Birth of Anne of Cleves, but I thought it would be useful to give you a mini fact file of this Tudor queen consort:

  • Birth: 22 September 1515
  • Birthplace: Near Düsseldorf in the Duchy of Berg.
  • Parents: John III, Duke of Jülich, Cleves and Berg, an important German ruler, and his wife Maria of Jülich-Berg.
  • Siblings: Sybille (b. 1512); William (Wilhelm), Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg; Amalia (b. 1517).
  • Marriages: One. Anne married Henry VIII on 6th January 1540 at Greenwich Palace. Click here to read more about the marriage treaty. On 9th July 1540, the marriage was declared null “by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis of Lorraine, that it was unwillingly entered into and never consummated.” Click here to read more about this.
  • Motto as queen consort: God Send Me Well to Keep
  • Badge: The escarbuncle of Cleves
  • Died: 6th July 1557 at Chelsea Old Manor.
  • Resting Place : She was buried on 4th August 1557 at Westminster Abbey. Click here to read about it.
  • Trivia: Although it is often said that Henry VIII called Anne a “Flanders Mare”, there is no contemporary evidence to support him saying that. See Anne of Cleves – A Flanders Mare? for more on this.

You can also explore our archive of articles on Anne by using the Anne of Cleves tag.

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  1. By far the most fortunate of henry’s wives. How wonderful to be rejected by such a brute. And she landed on her feet as far as property and pension were concerned. Until he died and then it became more of a battle to retain her pension I think. Read somewhere where she and the artist (Holguin?) were great friends and maybe more. Hope so.

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