The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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nne of Cleves' love life - or lack thereof - proved to be her ultimate undoing. Even before his wedding, the king had made his dislike of his bride-to-be plain. The day after Henry's wedding night, that dislike turned to sheer disgust. "I liked her before not well, but now I like her much worse," he told Lord Chamberlain Thomas Cromwell.

Anne's breasts sagged, and her flesh was "loose," the king complained to any who would hear him. To Henry, a virgin should boast small, muscular breasts and a firm, smooth stomach. Anne's lack of these qualities demonstrated that she was legally not his wife and not a virgin, but the wife of the Duke of Lorraine, her former fiancé. The king would try to consummate his union for four nights and then limit his time with Anne to visits - on the advice of his doctor who warned him "not to enforce himself."

Anne, however, was ignorant of her failure. As rumors swirled throughout the court that the king and queen

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