Anne of Cleves Night Thread

On January 6, 1540, Anne of Cleves became Henry VIII’s fourth wife. Born in Germany, she was the daughter of a Duke and Duchess. If you don’t remember your “wives of Henry VIII” history, she’s the second one that he annulled his marriage to.  (“Divorced – beheaded – died / Divorced – beheaded – survived.”)  Supposedly, Henry decided he didn’t want to be married to Anne due to her not being as beautiful as her portrait.

The offending portrait of Anne by Hans Holbein the Younger

Now, according to Wikipedia (source of all knowledge), Henry VIII was actually put off Anne after he came to her in disguise before their first official meeting and she paid no attention to him. He tried *not* to marry her, but as they were already engaged, Henry could not avoid it without angering the Germans. In any case, the marriage was never consummated.

Joss Stone as Anne of Cleves in The Tudors

To me, Anne got probably one of the best deals of all Henry’s wives, getting out of her marriage to him quickly, never having to get pregnant (a rather dangerous endeavor in those days), and receiving large amounts of money and property along with a high place in court in Henry’s attempt to not piss off her home country.