Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
20 Interesting Facts about Anne of Cleves

20 Interesting Facts about Anne of Cleves

April 24, 2021

Anne of Cleves was the fourth wife of King Henry VIII, the woman whose marriage the king annulled after just six month!

Anne of Cleves has rather unfairly gone down in history as "The Flanders Mare", the wife Henry VIII just wasn't attracted to, but she's a fascinating Tudor lady. Find out some interesting Anne of Cleves facts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:

https://youtu.be/mFAclC873b8

September 4 - A marriage is agreed between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

September 4 - A marriage is agreed between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

September 4, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 4th September 1539, William, Duke of Cleves, signed the marriage treaty promising his sister, Anne of Cleves, in marriage to King Henry VIII. 

Anne would, of course, become Henry VIII's fourth wife.

Find out all about the marriage agreement and its terms, and what happened next, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:

https://youtu.be/WPs_rlPhg8I

Also on this day in Tudor history, 4th September 1588, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, died at Cornbury while on his way to Buxton to take the waters for his health. The death of her favourite, and the man that is considered to be her 'true love', was a devastating blow to Elizabeth I and her reaction to the news shows just how much she loved her "sweet Robin". Find out more in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/BlUicDYZI7s 

July 16 - The death of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

July 16 - The death of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

July 16, 2020
 
On this day in Tudor history, 16th July 1557, forty-one-year-old Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII, died at her home, Chelsea Old Manor. She'd been ill for a few months.
 
Anne of Cleves was a warm and generous lady, something which is shown in her last wishes with the bequests to her household, friends and stepdaughters. 
 
Find out more about her bequests and her funeral arrangements in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/7fnGH8RBcAk
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 16th July 1546, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Protestant martyrs Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian were burned at the stake at Smithfield in London for heresy. Poor Anne had been illegally racked, so special provision had to be made for her execution. Find out more about their executions in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/29QImEPHhbE 
December 27 - Anne of Cleves arrives in England

December 27 - Anne of Cleves arrives in England

December 27, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 27th December 1539, Anne of Cleves landed at Deal in Kent in preparation for her forthcoming marriage to King Henry VIII. Anne of Cleves would be King Henry VIII's fourth wife.
 
Find out more about her journey, the background to it, and what happened next, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/
September 22 - Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

September 22 - Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

September 22, 2019
This day in Tudor history, 22nd September 1515, is the traditional birthdate of Anne of Cleves, or Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, a woman who would become King Henry VIII's fourth wife and queen consort, but only for six months!
 
She may have only been queen for six months, but Anne of Cleves outlived Henry and all of his wives, and seems to have had a very good life.
 
Find out more about her and how she came to be Henry VIII's queen in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/zvuUNFA8U3Q
July 9 - Anne of Cleves, “right entirely beloved sister”

July 9 - Anne of Cleves, “right entirely beloved sister”

July 9, 2019
On this day in history, 9th July 1540, Anne of Cleves went from being Henry VIII's queen consort to being his "right dear and right entirely beloved sister" after their marriage was annulled.
 
Why was their marriage annulled? How did Anne of Cleves react to the news? What happened to her and Henry VIII afterwards?

Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in History", explains the situation in today's talk.

You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/
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