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In Her Own Words:
"I acknowledge myself hereby to accept and approve . . . that your highness will take me for your sister."

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Henry Says:
"I like her not! I like her not!"
-After first meeting Anne of Cleves in 1540
Above: Catherine Siggins as Anne of Cleves


Homespun and plain, Anne of Cleves was. And unable to arouse the king's desire. But when Henry's rejection came, this German noblewoman - for all her "evil smells" -- had the sense to survive.

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Lower right: Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein
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