Annulment of the Cleves marriage, July 1540

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    The letters testimonial sent to inform Henry VIII of the judgment of the Convocations of Canterbury and York in regards to the state of his fourth marriage. The Convocations ruled Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves was invalid on the grounds of non-consummation and her previous precontract to the duke of Lorraine. The letters testimonial date to the 9th July, three days after the committee had met to examine the case. It contains 158 signatures, including from the Archbishop of Canterbury (Thomas Cranmer); Nicholas Wotton who had helped to negotiate the Cleves marriage; and Dr John Chamber, one of Henry VIII’s physicians, who the king confined in on the subject of his inability to consummate the marriage.

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