Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

Posted By on August 4, 2016

Anne of ClevesOn this day in history, 4th August 1557, Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was buried at Westminster Abbey, in a tomb on the south side of the High Altar.

The requiem mass was led by the Lord Abbot of Westminster and the chief mourner at the funeral was Elizabeth, Marchioness of Winchester and wife of William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester and Lord High Treasurer.

Click here to read diarist Henry Machyn’s account of Anne’s funeral.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1540 – Brother William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse was hanged, disembowelled and quartered at Tyburn. He was the last of the Carthusian martyrs to be killed after eighteen members of the Carthusian order of monks based at the London Charterhouse were condemned to death in 1535 for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church. Click here to read more.
  • 1598 – William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, died at his home in London aged seventy-six. He was laid to rest at St Martin’s Church, Stamford, in his home county of Lincolnshire. Click here to read more about him.

4 thoughts on “Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557”

  1. KAREN KOVACIC says:

    THIS IS SO INTERSETING ABOUT ANNE OF CLEVES I NEVER READ ANYWHERE WHAT HAPPENED TO HER I NEVER KNEW WHERE AND WHEN SHE DIED

  2. Banditqueen says:

    That Queen Mary paid for a great tomb, although some of the original plans were not completed by Elizabeth, shows the great respect that she held Anne of Cleves in. The queen paid for a state funeral for Anne and for a beautiful tomb. Anne was a good friend to Mary, they were close and she personally honoured her as a lady of dignity and royal personage. Anne had retained her status even though she was not queen as part of the divorce settlement but Mary in particular showed esteem and favour for Anne of Cleves, signified by this act of kindness and generosity.

  3. Kathy Dye says:

    I would love to find out more of William Cecil Lord Burghley

  4. Andree Weger says:

    I just came to this site w/o meaning to but I do find it interesting, I will make sure to check it out again soon.

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