Tudor Collection: IV : ANNE OF CLEVES
Tudor Collection: IV : ANNE OF CLEVES
Tudor Collection: IV : ANNE OF CLEVES
Sihaya and Company

Tudor Collection: IV : ANNE OF CLEVES

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Anne of Cleves: A slice of rich German chocolate cake with hazelnut and pecan ganache, spiked with liqueur, and topped with a sprinkling of toasted coconut. 

Scent Profile: Gourmand

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Anne of Cleves (22 September 1515 – 16 July 1557) was the fourth wife of Henry VIII. She was betrothed to Henry three years after the death of his beloved wife, Jane Seymour, after there had been a prolonged search for a suitable Protestant princess for the English throne. The options were, at best, limited. Christina of Denmark famously quipped, "If I had two heads, one should be at the King of England's disposal."

The King sent his court painter, Hans Holbein the Younger, abroad to the Duchy of Berg (now Germany) to paint Anne and her sister, Amalia, both of whom were under consideration. Holbein was instructed not to flatter the ladies, but to paint them accurately. It was on the basis of Holbein's likeness that Anne was selected to be the next Queen of England.

Much ado has been made about Henry's highly unfavorable reaction to Anne in person, after it was too late to back out of the marriage without a major diplomatic incident. She has been called "the Flanders mare" and likened to a horse. However-- there are many reports from her contemporaries that she was not regarded as ugly.  

Instead, consider this: by the time of his fourth marriage, Henry the VIII was well past his glory days of athleticism and handsome sophistication. He was obese, and had a festering sore on his leg from an unhealed wound that stank to high heaven. Still, in his own court, Henry liked to play games of intrigue and disguise. He would costume himself as a wandering minstrel or somesuch, and the women of his court, who were not dummies, would swoon and fawn over this mysterious stranger-- no doubt the King.

Henry was very impatient to see Anne, his new Queen. So impatient, in fact, that he could not wait for her to get to London for a formal introduction. Instead, he surprised her well ahead of schedule on her journey, again dressed as a stranger. In this guise, he forced a kiss upon her, and she gave him... well, an honest reaction. In the polite words of Charles Wriothesley, she "regarded him little."  His pride mortally wounded, the marriage was thenceforth doomed.

In all honesty, it was probably never destined to be a happy match, even if they had been physically suited. Henry liked his women educated and cosmopolitan. Anne was quite sheltered, spoke broken English with a heavy German accent, and hadn't the first idea what was expected of her in the marriage bed. Still, she endeavored to discharge her duties as Queen, and, like Jane before her, made it her duty to reconcile Henry with his two young daughters. 

Eventually, Henry made the decision to annul his marriage to Anne on the basis of non-consummation. Anne, fearful of the axe, readily agreed. While she was spared, Thomas Cromwell, the architect of the match, met his grisly fate on Tower Hill as penance. 

There is a nice coda to her story, however. Anne was bequeathed many castles and properties as part of the annulment settlement, and between that and her skill at cards, she quickly became quite wealthy. She and Henry developed a genuine friendship, and she remained close with Elizabeth and Mary. She was often invited to court, and was referred to as "the King's beloved sister." She outlived Henry (and indeed, all of his other wives) and attended Mary's coronation. She died in 1557, well-loved by the people, and having never left her adopted country. 

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Available in candle tin or glass tumbler format.

Tins: Our 8oz candle tin measures 3" wide by 2" deep, and holds approximately 7 oz of wax by weight. The wax is topped with an overspray of iridescent glitter. The candles burn for approximately 30-35 hours.

Glass tumblers: These candles measure 3" wide by 3.5" tall, and contain 9 oz of wax for a burn time of 40+ hours. They are topped with a candle-safe glittering overspray.

The glitter I use is safe for use in candles, and the ultrafine particles will not clog your wick.

Turnaround time for candles is 2 weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may occasionally receive a professionally-printed label with a handwritten scent name, similar to what is used in the Secret Menu candles. We are experiencing delays from our label printing service, and would rather not hold up your orders. If you feel strongly about receiving a particular label, please email us at sihayaandcompany@gmail.com and we will do our best to accomodate your request.