Did Anne of Cleeves Have a Deep Secret?

Jennifer R. Povey
4 min readMar 23
Photo by Tom Podmore on Unsplash

Anne of Cleeves. Fourth wife of King Henry VIII. The Flanders Mare.

In school I learned the classic narrative of Anne. Henry agreed to marry her sight unseen, but when she showed up he found her profoundly unattractive, was unable to consummate the marriage, and quickly divorced her.

With much snickering about other reasons for inability to consummate the marriage.

Jennifer R. Povey

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