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Anne of Cleves and Henry
July 7, 2009
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Claire
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Just why was Henry so intent on getting rid of Anne of Cleves?

It is thought that Holbein's portrait of her was actually quite accurate and although her style of dress was unflattering, and in a German style, Anne of Cleves was quite attractive. Was Henry just embarrassed that she was not madly in love with him at first sight, when he played the game of courtly love and dressed up? Was it because he was suffering impotency and was embarrassed and had to excuse himself by saying she was ugly and no maid?

It is strange when actually he later became very close to her and was even rumoured to be having an affair with her or close to remarrying her.

What do you all think?

At least she kept her head, lol!

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July 7, 2009
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I too believe it was because of her initial rejection of him in one of his 'ruses'.  That was probably the first time in a long time (since Anne Boleyn at least) that he got a dose of reality and saw through someone else's eyes that stripped of his titles and monarchy he was actually quite repulsive.  His ego being what it was couldn't take rejection, so he decided to officially reject her due to looks, smell, and whatever obnoxious reasons he could come up with for his own flaccidity.  Do I sound like I have any affection whatsoever for this oaf?  lol.

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