Ana de Cleves
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Anne of Cleves was a Protestant German Princess who was born in Dusseldorf, Cleves in Germany... The education of Anne of Cleves was quite basic and she was not well tutored in music, literature or languages.There were three sisters in the royal family of Cleves and Hans Holbein, a famous Tudor court painter, was sent to paint the pictures of Sybilla, Amelia and Anne. Henry VIII selected Anne as his next bride based on her portrait.
Anne of Cleves travelled to England and Henry rushed to meet his young bride. The portrait was over-complimentary to Anne - Holbein had reflected her sweet nature in the portrait but Anne of Cleves was not what Henry expected. "I like her not!" he told all and sundry... King Henry could not get out of the marriage contract and the marriage ceremony went ahead - he protested all the way!