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|| Anne of Cleves ||
In order to understand the reception and continued myths about Anne of Cleves we have to understand her context. The following research has taken decades to gather and compile. This perhaps helps explain the challenge that past historians have faced.
Note: This is a supplement to my Survey in which all items are removed from context. It is recommended that the Survey is read first.
This survey of clothing terms for women’s dress of the North Rhine started as a small project that grew as documents and sources have been distributed digitally or as copies of hard to find books became available.
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This stunningly beautiful portrait of Anne has been variously attributed to Hans Wertinger or considered to be a copy of the painting at St Johns, Oxford. For much of the 20th century it was lost and only known by the black and white photograph.
The full transcripts of the Marriage Contract between Henry VII and Anne of Cleves is quite revealing. I have separated the parts for easier reading.
15). Jahrhd. 2. Hälfte (1). Verzeichnis von Kleinodien (vielleicht Inventar eines Goldschmiedes oder Juweliers(2)).
Marie Leonore married the Duke of Prussia in 1573 and the inventory of her clothing, and fabric to make clothing in her new country of residence, has been preserved. The following is a transcription of these items.
A summary of the terms used in my Complete Survey of Women’s Dress of the North Rhine
We are fortunate to have two reliable resources that illustrate the wide range of trades involved in the production of material goods in Cologne.