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King Henry marries Anne of Cleves

Posted in Anniversary, History, Royalty on Sunday, 26 December 2010

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picture, King Henry, Anne of Cleves, portrait, Hans Holbein

King Henry admires Hans Holbein’s portrait of Anne. Illustration by Peter Jackson

6 January marks the anniversary of the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne of Cleves in 1540. Born in Dusseldorf, she was a German noblewoman and was to become Henry’s fourth wife following the death of Jane Seymour in 1537. The marriage was being negotiated and Henry dispatched artist Hans Holbein to paint accurate portraits of Anne and her younger sister Amalia as both were under consideration.

Henry was disappointed by Anne’s looks when they met, but the two were still married. The marriage was never consummated and, after a few months, the marriage was annulled.

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