16 July 1557 – The Death of Anne of Cleves, the King’s Right Dear and Right Entirely Beloved Sister

| July 16, 2014

16 July 1557 – The Death of Anne of Cleves, the King’s Right Dear and Right Entirely Beloved Sister

On 16 July 1557, Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, died at Chelsea Old Manor after a few months of illness. Her body was embalmed and placed in a coffin covered with a cloth bearing her arms. Tapers were lit around her coffin and prayers said on a daily basis. On 4 August 1557, […]

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 […]

16 July 1557 – Death of Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

| July 16, 2012

16 July 1557 – Death of Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

On the 16th July 1557, Anne of Cleves died at Chelsea Old Manor after a few months of illness. On the same day, her body was embalmed and placed in a coffin covered with a cloth bearing her arms. Tapers were lit around her coffin and prayers said on a daily basis. On the 3rd […]