Anne of Cleves was the fourth wife of Queen of Henry VIII, but their marriage marriage only lasted three months. It is said that Henry VIII was disappointed in Anne’s appearance. He thought she was very ugly so that he divorced her.
After divorce, he treated her so good and even regarded her as his sister
I am so confused it, was Anne of Cleves very ugly? When I searched her painting on the Internet, I think she looks ok, I don’t think she is ugly. Was Henry VIII’s fourth wife Anne of Cleves very ungly?
Yes, she allegedly was.
Henry VIII didn't know what she looked like before she arrived, and the portrait he was provided with was very flattering. He was livid when she turned up and looked nothing like her portrait.
I don't think she was ugly as such, just plain and dumpy. She was German - her grasp of English and French were poor, and she didn't know the way of the English court very well. She was only married so that England could have a Protestant alliance in Europe, and overall wasn't very highly regarded.
Also, she came after Henry had had 3 very good wives already; Catherine of Aragon who's only failing was that she couldn't give him a son, Anne Boleyn who was beautiful, talented, spoke perfect French, was very charming etc.. and then her cousin Jane Seymour, who was also beautiful, and it's said was truly loved by Henry; she died in childbirth giving him a male heir, any replacement to her would be a very tough act to follow, which Anne of Cleeves had no hope of doing.
Some portraits were more flattering than others. Bit rich coming from a fat ******* like him.
It may not have been that she was really hideous, but the painter was told to make her look much better than she actually did, because Henry was anxious to remarry so soon after Jane Seymour's death. So when she arrived in England she would have looked nothing like the painting he was shown when he agreed to the marriage. But due to the contract he could not back out.
He did treat her well after their divorce, because she agreed to an annulment without any fuss. She was invited to court quite a lot.
Anna was German. so she must have ben ugly. :P
they married for economic reasons. he did not even want to marry her first. and keep in mind that painters were paid for what they painted and how. so they painted what the person wants to see on a picture. they had to live on their paintings and could be executed for making an monarch ugly. no matter if it was the reality or not.
Henry VIII is a complete moron and a detestable character, personally I wouldn't trust his opinion on anything. Considering he died hundreds of years ago and I've never met him it is surprising just how much I hate him.
Hans Holbein was the painter - and apparently painted her very flatteringly (is that even a word?) indeed.
"flanders mare" i think was the nickname.
I find Henry VIII fascinating. Probably the stereotypical *mememe* king. Do try to remember that pre-jousting accident (get your mind out of the gutter), he was supposedly quite the handsome and well-mannered/healthy in both mind and body individual.
I personally don't reckon she was that ugly.
She probably just looked very different to her portrait. If the king thinks she's ugly, so does everybody else.
But if the king thought an ugly person was beautiful, then so does everybody else.
I suspect, from my memory of the history of the time, that she wasn't ugly as such, but plain and rather unfeminine in her habits and manners. A bit of a Germanic stereotype really...