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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 7,088,489 page views. Her biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Anne of Cleves is the 32nd most popular companion (up from 48th in 2019), the 140th most popular biography from Germany (up from 211th in 2019) and the 4th 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 32 out of 673Before her are Victoria, Princess Royal, Catherine Howard, Olympias, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Messalina, and Klara Hitler. After her are Mileva Marić, Tughril, Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, Eugénie de Montijo, Maria Theresa of Spain, and Livia.

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Among people born in 1515, Anne of Cleves ranks 3Before her are Şehzade Mustafa and Teresa of Ávila. After her are Philip Neri, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Injong of Joseon, Mary of Guise, Piali Pasha, Pierre Lescot, Petrus Ramus, Felix of Cantalice, and Sebastian Castellio. Among people deceased in 1557, Anne of Cleves ranks 2Before her is Jacques Cartier. After her are John III of Portugal, Pontormo, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Bona Sforza, Olaus Magnus, Mikael Agricola, Sebastian Cabot, Emperor Go-Nara, Lautaro, and Ferrante Gonzaga.

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Among people born in Germany, Anne of Cleves ranks 140 out of 6,142Before her are Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Ambrose (340), and Frederick William I of Prussia (1688). After her are Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845), Alfred Jodl (1890), Charles the Fat (839), Meister Eckhart (1260), Johann Christian Bach (1735), and Franz von Papen (1879).

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Among companions born in Germany, Anne of Cleves ranks 4Before her are Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837), Eva Braun (1912), and Queen Silvia of Sweden (1943). After her are Magda Goebbels (1901), Caroline of Ansbach (1683), Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1868), Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), Sepp Dietrich (1892), Alexandra Feodorovna (1798), Katharina von Bora (1498), and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1776).