Anne of Cleves
Anne of Cleves (22 September 1515 – 16 July 1557) was the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England from January 1540 to July 1540.
Tenure was the 6th January 1540 - 9th July 1540. Born 22nd September 1515 Düsseldorf, Duchy of Berg, Holy Roman Empire
Died on the 16 July 1557 (aged 41) Chelsea Manor, England Burial 3rd August 1557 Westminster Abbey Spouse Henry VIII of England (m. 1540; anualled 1540.).
Biography[change | change source]
She was the daughter of John III, Duke of Cleves and Maria of Julich Berg. She was born in Düsseldorf on 22 September 1515. She was betrothed to Francis, the Duke of Lorraine, but she ended up marrying Henry VIII in January of 1540. When the couple met for the first time, they were disappointed in each other. Henry started complaining about Anne's appearance and said that he could not love her because she had "bad breath" and smelled. Anne's previous engagement to the Duke of Lorraine was used as an excuse for a divorce, and Anne agreed to it. In July 1540 Henry divorced Anne and married Catherine Howard, who was younger and prettier.
After the divorce[change | change source]
After the divorce, Henry made Anne his "sister" and gave her money and land for the rest of her life.Anne died in 1557 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.