Anne of Cleves
Anne of Cleves was a German noblewoman, and was probably Henry VIII's least popular wife! She was his fourth attempt at marriage, and he married her without seeing her beforehand. He was very disappointed and apparently quite rude when he finally met her! After they were married he said: "I liked her before not well, but now I like her much worse". Poor Anne!
The marriage was over within 6 months, so Anne was only Queen of England from January 1540 to July 1540. After the marriage was annulled (cancelled), Anne received a large sum of money and some grand houses to live in. She and Henry became good friends and Anne was known as "the King's Beloved Sister". Henry decreed that, apart from his own wife and daughters, she was the most important woman in the country.
Here's an illustration of Anne of Cleves, based on a famous portrait, ready for the kids to colour in.
Our simple Tudor Family Tree printable shows the Tudor family - which had arguably three of the strongest monarchs ever to sit on the English throne: Henry VII, his son Henry VIII, and his daughter Elizabeth I.
Here's a Tudor history worksheet with a difference! The rhyme "Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived" tells the story of King Henry VIII and his many young wives. Can the kids match the wives to their place in the rhyme?