Henry VIII betrothed to Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the Younger 1539

On the 4th September 1539, the marriage treaty between Henry VIII and the Lady Anne was signed by the Duke of Cleves at Dusseldorf.

The Duke’s representatives arrived at Windsor on the 23rd of September to ratify the marriage treaty. For the next 8 days, the king entertained the men with hunting and feasting before moving to Hampton Court and concluding the marriage treaty.

Preparations were already underway for a Christmas wedding at Greenwich, followed by 12 days of festivities.

Unfortunately, the Christmas wedding that Henry had hoped for did not take place due to bad weather keeping the Lady Anne at Calais for longer than expected.

Was the weather a sign of the storm that would soon rage in Henry and the doomed marriage that awaited the pair?

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