4 August 1557 – The burial of Anne of Cleves

| August 4, 2017

4 August 1557 – The burial of Anne of Cleves

On this day in history, 4th August 1557, Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was laid to rest at Westminster Abbey. She had died on 16th July 1557 at her home, Chelsea Manor. The requiem mass was led by the Lord Abbot of Westminster and the chief mourner at the funeral was […]

9 July 1540 – Anne of Cleves is no longer queen

| July 9, 2017

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, convocation declared that Anne of Cleves’ marriage to King Henry VIII was null and void and that both parties were free to marry again. While the twenty-four-year-old Anne never did remarry, her forty-nine-year-old former husband wasted no time taking another wife, wife number five. On 28th July […]

20 June 1540 – Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, is concerned

| June 20, 2017

On this day in history, 20th June 1540, Anne of Cleves, the woman who Henry VIII had married on 6th January 1540, confided in her advisor, Carl Harst, the Cleves ambassador. Anne was concerned about her husband’s interest in her maid of honour, young Catherine Howard, a cousin of Anne Boleyn. Her marriage was just […]

60 second history – Anne of Cleves

| June 15, 2017

60 second history – Anne of Cleves

It’s the turn of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, for my 60-second history treatment. As I’ve explained before, the idea of this 60-second history series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Die-hard Tudor history fans don’t, of course, need these videos, but I hope they act as introductions […]

Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

| September 22, 2016

Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

Today 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 […]

Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

| August 4, 2016

Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

On 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 […]

3 August 1557 – The remains of Anne of Cleves are processed to Westminster Abbey

| August 3, 2016

3 August 1557 – The remains of Anne of Cleves are processed to Westminster Abbey

Merchant-taylor and diarist Henry Machyn recorded that on this day in history, 3rd August 1557, the body of forty-one year-old Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII, was processed from her home, Chelsea Old Manor, where she had died on 16th July, to Westminster Abbey for burial. Read more… Also on this day in […]

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

| July 9, 2016

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, just over six months after he had married Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne was declared null and void. It was also declared that both parties were free to marry again. Anne did not ever remarry, but Henry already had wife number 5 waiting in […]