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The Marrying of Anne of Cleves: Royal Protocol in Early Modern England
     

The Marrying of Anne of Cleves: Royal Protocol in Early Modern England

by Retha M. Warnicke
 

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ISBN-10: 0521179696

ISBN-13: 9780521179690

Pub. Date: 11/04/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a study of the marrying of Anne of Cleves to King Henry VIII. It contains fascinating material - including "demonic" interference and sexual politics at court - which differs from the usual stereotyped accounts of Anne. It also provides a rich new context of royal courtship rituals, and a startling account of the king's failure to consummate his marriage.

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This book is a study of the marrying of Anne of Cleves to King Henry VIII. It contains fascinating material - including "demonic" interference and sexual politics at court - which differs from the usual stereotyped accounts of Anne. It also provides a rich new context of royal courtship rituals, and a startling account of the king's failure to consummate his marriage.

Henry's decision to ally himself with this German noblewoman in 1540 was in part a reaction to the Franco-Imperial treaty mediated by Pope Paul III, who renewed a suspended bull of excommunication against Henry in the hope of isolating England diplomatically. The subsequent marriage procedures, from the advent of negotiations and the portrait of Anne by Hans Holbein the Younger to Henry's Rochester greeting of Anne - in disguise - and the Greenwich nuptials, followed usual royal protocol. However, the king's sexual incapacity, which prevented the consummation of the marriage, culminated in the fall and subsequent execution of Thomas Cromwell and his client Lord Hungerford, who were both tarred with the brush of sexual heresy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521179690
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/04/2010
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of platesviii
List of figuresx
Acknowledgmentsxi
Map: Cleves territoriesxv
1Introduction1
2English Negotiators12
3Candidate Pool36
4Cleves Selection63
5Traveling Bride94
6Royal Greeter127
7Queen Consort155
8King's Scapegoat187
9Henry's Sister229
10Conclusion263
Notes269
Index326

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