Did Henry VIII dump Anne of Cleves because she wasn’t a virgin?

World

Did Henry VIII dump Anne of Cleves because she wasn’t a virgin?

The king said he was repulsed by her body, but he may have been concealing a bigger scandal, an author claims

Sarah Knapton

Henry VIII may have set aside his fourth wife Anne of Cleves because she had already conceived a baby with someone else, the author and historian Alison Weir has claimed.

The German princess was Queen of England for just seven months before the marriage was declared unconsummated and annulled in July 1540.

Henry claimed he was so repulsed by Anne’s body that he could not fulfill his marital obligations and, to get out of the union, alleged she was still pre-contracted to the Duke of Lorraine’s son because no document could be produced that dissolved the betrothal...

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Previous Article

Sound and fury: How sonic warriors fooled the Germans

By Dominic Nicholls and Samraj More
2 min read