1540 Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves Arrival at Calais

On 13 Dec 1539 Anne of Cleves (24) arrived at Calais.She was met by George Tailboys 2nd Baron Tailboys 1523-1540 (16), Thomas Seymour 1st Baron Seymour Sudeley 1508-1549 (31) and William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl Southampton 1490-1542 (49).


Dissolution of the Monasteries

On 04 Sep 1536 Flaxby Abbey was dissolved as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.


In 1542 Llanthony Priory, Llanthony, Vale Ewyas, Monmouthshire, South-East Wales was given to Arthur Porter 1505-1559 (37) during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.


Anne of Cleves Arrival at London

On 30 Jan 1540 Anne of Cleves (24) arrived at Blackheath, Greenwich, Kent. Henry Grey 1st Duke Suffolk 1517-1554 (23) carried the Sword of State. William Holles Lord Mayor 1471-1542, Charles Brandon 1st Duke Suffolk 1484-1545 (56), Robert Radclyffe 1st Earl Sussex 1483-1542 (57), John Vere 15th Earl Oxford 1471-1540 (69), John Vere 16th Earl Oxford 1516-1562 (24) and Catherine Willoughby Duchess Suffolk 1519-1580 (20) were present.


Anne of Cleves Marriage

On 06 Jan 1540 Henry VIII (48) and Anne of Cleves (24) were married by Thomas Cranmer Archbishop Canterbury 1489-1556 (50) at Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, Kent. Anne of Cleves (24) was crowned Queen Consort England.


After 21 Apr 1509 Thomas Wriothesley Garter King of Arms -1534 made a drawing of the death of Henry VII (he wasn't present). The drawing shows those present and in some cases provides their arms by which they can be identified. From top left clockwise:
Richard Foxe Bishop Exeter, Bishop Bath and Wells, Bishop Durham, Bishop Winchester 1448-1528 (61)
Two tonsured clerics
George Hastings 1st Earl Huntingdon 1487-1544 (22)
Richard Weston of Sutton Place 1465-1541 (44)
Richard Clement of Ingham Mote 1482-1538 (27)
Matthew Baker Governor Jersey -1513
John Sharpe of Coggleshall in Essex -1518
Physician holding urine bottle
William Tyler
Hugh Denys
William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl Southampton 1490-1542 (19) closing the King's eyes.There is doubt as to whether the person shown is William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl Southampton 1490-1542 (19) given his age of around nineteen at the King's death. He appears to be holding a Staff of Office although sources state he wasn't appointed Gentleman Usher, in which role he would have a Staff of Office, until Henry VIII's Coronation in Jun 1509.
The Arms below him are Quarterly 1 Lozengy argent & gules (FitzWilliam); 2 Arms of John Neville 1st Marquess Montagu 1431-1471 3 Quartered 1 possibly Plantagent with white border ie Holland 2 and 3 Tibetot, 4 Unknown, overall a star for difference indicating third son. William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl Southampton 1490-1542 (19) was his father's third son, and his mother was Lucy Neville 1468-1534 daughter of John Neville 1st Marquess Montagu 1431-1471. It appears correct that the person represented is William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl Southampton 1490-1542 (19). William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl Southampton 1490-1542 (19) was the childhood companion of Henry VIII (17).
Physician holding urine bottle

Around 1539 Hans Holbein The Younger 1497-1543 (42). Portrait of Anne of Cleves Queen Consort England 1515-1557 (23).

May Day Jousting

On 01 May 1540 a tournament was held at Westminster. Gregory Cromwell 1st Baron Cromwell Oakham 1520-1551, Thomas Poynings 1st Baron Poynings 1512-1545, Thomas Seymour 1st Baron Seymour Sudeley 1508-1549 (32), John Dudley 1st Duke Northumberland 1504-1553 (36), Richard Cromwell 1495-1544 (45) and George Carew 1503-1545 (36) were challengers.


Anne of Cleves Annulment

On 09 Jul 1540 Henry VIII's (49) marriage to Anne of Cleves (24) was annulled.