by Heather R. Darsie
On 21 July 1540, Anna of Cleves was no longer allowed to hide the truth from her brother Wilhelm about her marriage’s end. Henry had grown impatient waiting for Anna to write her family. Anna waited as long as she could, hoping that Henry would either directly send a letter to Duke Wilhelm in Cleves, or that one of Henry’s ambassadors would break the news to Wilhelm. Henry sent his representatives to compel Anna to write a diplomatic letter, assuring her brother that all was well. Most importantly, Anna asked Wilhelm and her family to continue in a friendly manner due to the ‘knot of amity’ between England and Cleves. If you would like to hear the letter Anna wrote to Wilhelm, head on over to my podcast, Tudor Speeches, and listen to Episode 3.
Love learning about the Queens of England? Are you interested in Tudor history or Women’s history? Then check out my book, Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s ‘Beloved Sister’, a new biography about Anne of Cleves told from the German perspective!
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Sources & Suggested Reading
- Darsie, Heather R. Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s ‘Beloved Sister’. Stroud: Amberley (2019).