Anne of Cleves character jug produced by Regency Fine Arts of Dunstable, England, circa 1970. Anne of Cleves (1515 - 1557) was Queen of England from January to July 1540 as the fourth wife of King Henry VIII. In March 1539, negotiations for Anne's marriage to Henry began, as Henry believed that he needed to form a political alliance with her brother, William, who was a leader of the Protestants of Western Germany, to strengthen his position against potential attacks from Catholic France and the Holy Roman Empire. Anne arrived in England in December 1539 and married Henry on January 6, 1540. After six months the marriage was declared unconsummated, and she was not crowned queen consort. Following the annulment, Henry gave her a generous settlement, and she was thereafter known as the King's Beloved Sister. She lived to see the reign of Edward VI, and the coronation of Mary I, outliving the rest of Henry's wives.
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King Henry VIII and His Wives Set