In his insane search for male heirs, King Henry VIII of England married six women, the luckiest of whom was Anne of Cleves, even though she didn't feel like it at the time. Although he referred to her as his "ugly wife", among other cruel sentiments, she was one of the few who escaped marrying the king without dying or even actually marrying her.
Although Henry was known partly for romantic and lustful whims, his marriage to Anne of Cleves was primarily political. Two years after the death of his beloved third wife in childbirth, his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, suggested that it might be time to take another, and make an alliance with a prominent German Duke of Cleves especially prudent. could. Protestant, marrying one of his sisters.