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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 […]

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

| August 4, 2015

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

On this day in history, 4th August 1540, Brother William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse was hanged, disembowelled and quartered at Tyburn. Horne was one of eighteen Carthusian monks to be out to death between May 1535 and August 1540 for denying King Henry VIII’s supremacy. You can read more about Horne in my […]

4 August 1557 – Burial of Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

| August 4, 2013

4 August 1557 – Burial of Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

On 4th August 1557 merchant-taylor and diarist Henry Machyn recorded that there was a requiem mass for “my lady prenses of Cleyff” with a “godly sermon” by the Lord Abbot of Westminster. Her coffin was then taken to her tomb and her body interred with the cloth-of-gold laid over her. Then, her head officers broke […]

3 August 1557 – Anne of Cleves’ Body was Processed from Chelsea to Westminster

| August 3, 2013

3 August 1557 – Anne of Cleves’ Body was Processed from Chelsea to Westminster

Merchant-taylor and diarist Henry Machyn recorded that on 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: “The iij day of August my lade Anne of Cleyff, sumtyme […]