Anne of Cleves

1515 - 1557

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Anne of Cleves (German: Anna von Kleve; 1515 – 16 July 1557) was Queen of England from 6 January to 12 July 1540 as the fourth wife of King Henry VIII. Not much is known about Anne before 1527, when she became betrothed to Francis, Duke of Bar, son and heir of Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, although their marriage did not proceed. 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 on 27 December 1539 and married Henry on 6 January 1540, but after six months, the marriage was declared unconsummated and, as a result, 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anne of Cleves has received more than 6,757,609 page views. Her biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Anne of Cleves is the 48th most popular companion, the 211th most popular biography from Germany (up from 237th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Companion.

Anne of Cleves was a German princess who was married to King Henry VIII of England, but she was divorced after six months of marriage.

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Among companions, Anne of Cleves ranks 48 out of 687Before her are Isabella of France, Maria Carolina of Austria, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Hathaway, Magda Goebbels, and Queen Sonja of Norway. After her are Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Ingrid of Sweden, Livia, Hafsa bint Umar, Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, and Tughril.

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Among people born in 1515, Anne of Cleves ranks 4Before her are Teresa of Ávila, Şehzade Mustafa, and Philip Neri. After her are Mary of Guise, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Injong of Joseon, Pierre Lescot, Petrus Ramus, Cipriano de Rore, Piali Pasha, and Sebastian Castellio. Among people deceased in 1557, Anne of Cleves ranks 2Before her is Jacques Cartier. After her are Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Pontormo, John III of Portugal, Bona Sforza, Olaus Magnus, Mikael Agricola, Sebastian Cabot, Lautaro, Emperor Go-Nara, and Giovanni Francesco Straparola.

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Among people born in Germany, Anne of Cleves ranks 211 out of 5,289Before her are Michael Schumacher (1969), Wilhelm, German Crown Prince (1882), Nico (1938), Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (980), Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (990), and Adam Weishaupt (1748). After her are Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), Arnulf of Carinthia (850), Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1926), Friedrich Hölderlin (1770), Carl Schmitt (1888), and Franz Marc (1880).

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Among companions born in Germany, Anne of Cleves ranks 6Before her are Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837), Eva Braun (1912), Queen Silvia of Sweden (1943), Caroline of Ansbach (1683), and Magda Goebbels (1901). After her are Isabeau of Bavaria (1370), Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1868), Katharina von Bora (1498), Sepp Dietrich (1892), Alexandra Feodorovna (1798), and Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691).