3 January – Martin Luther is excommunicated, and two very different days for Anne of Cleves

| January 3, 2022

3 January – Martin Luther is excommunicated, and two very different days for Anne of Cleves

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd January 1521, Pope Leo X excommunicated Reformer, German priest and professor of theology Martin Luther from the Catholic Church. In this talk, I explain what led to Luther’s excommunication, what happened when Luther was called to the Diet of Worms, and what happened next to this famous Reformer.

27 December – The death of Katherine Killigrew and Anne of Cleves arrives in England

| December 27, 2021

27 December – The death of Katherine Killigrew and Anne of Cleves arrives in England

On this day in Tudor history, 27th December 1583, scholar and Puritan Katherine Killigrew died after giving birth to a stillborn child. Katherine was the daughter of renowned humanist and scholar, Sir Anthony Cooke, and was known for her ability at writing poetry and her knowledge of languages, including Hebrew, Latin and Greek. She was […]

11 December – A lavish reception for Anne of Cleves and the burial of Douglas Sheffield, lover of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

| December 11, 2021

11 December – A lavish reception for Anne of Cleves and the burial of Douglas Sheffield, lover of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

On this day in Tudor history, 11th December 1539, Anne of Cleves and her retinue were received at Gravelines, just a few miles outside of Calais, by Lord Lisle, Deputy of Calais. Anne of Cleves was on her way to England to marry King Henry VIII, but her journey had been rather slow and she […]

20 Interesting Facts about Anne of Cleves

| April 24, 2021

20 Interesting Facts about Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves has rather unfairly gone down in history as “The Flanders Mare”, the wife Henry VIII just wasn’t attracted to, but she’s a fascinating Tudor lady. In fact, she’s my second favourite of Henry VIII’s wives. Find out some interesting Anne of Cleves facts in this video:

4 August 1557 – Anne of Cleves’ funeral

| August 4, 2018

4 August 1557 – Anne of Cleves’ funeral

On this day in history, 4th August 1557, there was a requiem mass for Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of the late King Henry VIII, at Westminster Abbey. After the mass and a “godly sermon”, Anne was buried in a tomb at the abbey. Her tomb is decorated with carvings of a crown and her […]

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

| August 3, 2018

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

On this day in history, 3rd August 1557, the remains of forty-one-year-old Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of the late King Henry VIII, were processed from Chelsea Old Manor to Westminster Abbey for burial. Anne had died at her home, Chelsea Old Manor, on 16th July 1557 following a few months of illness. She had […]

9 July 1540 – Anne of Cleves’ great escape

| July 9, 2018

9 July 1540 – Anne of Cleves’ great escape

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves was declared null and void. They had been married just six months. The marriage of forty-nine-year-old Henry VIII and twenty-four-year-old Anne of Cleves was found null “by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis of […]

1 January 1540 – Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves have a disastrous first meeting

| January 1, 2018

1 January 1540 – Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves have a disastrous first meeting

Anne of Cleves, or Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, had arrived in England on 27th December 1539, landing at Deal in Kent, in preparation for her forthcoming marriage to King Henry VIII. On New Year’s Eve, she travelled on to Rochester, where she was to rest before travelling to Greenwich Palace, where she’d be formally received. She […]