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Anne of Cleves

Born 1515
Died 1557
Daughter of the Duke of Cleves a Germany noble and Marie of Julich


  • Anne of Cleves was a German princess.
  • Thomas Cromwell arranged for Henry VIII to marry her.
  • The marriage was arranged to make an alliance with German Protestants )people who were opposed to the Holy Roman Empire of the Catholic Church).
  • Henry had never met Anne before they were due to marry. The paintings of her that Henry had seen made her look attractive.
  • When Henry saw her he thought she was ugly.
  • He married her in 1540 to make links with England and Germany better.
  • The marriage only lasted 6 months after which they divorced.
  • Cromwell was executed mainly as a result of arranging this marriage.


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