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History Remembers Anne Of Cleves As Henry VIII’s ‘Ugly Queen’ But Reality Tells Another Story


Henry VIII was notorious for a lot of things, and at least six of them were his wives: Catherine Parr, Catherine Howard, Anne of Cleves, Jane Seymour, Anne Boleyn, and Catherine of Aragon. Henry infamously had Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard executed, Jane Seymour died after childbirth, Catherine Parr outlived him, and he divorced Catherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves.

Anne of Cleves was the fourth wife, and she was the one married to Henry for the shortest amount of time — the pair were married for only six months. Anne has also gone down in history as Henry VIII’s “ugly wife,” but many believe the description is both unkind and untrue.

Anne married Henry when she was only 24 years old and the monarch was 48. She was brought up as a potential wife for Henry after the death of Jane Seymour. Anne was previously engaged to the Duke of Lorraine, but the marriage didn’t happen, which left her without many prospects.

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