The most famous person from this part of Germany is Anne of Kleve, the fourth wife of King Henry VIII of England. Anne was the daughter of John III, the Duke of Kleve, and lived a quiet and sheltered life in the German countryside until her brother, the new duke, decided to make a splash in the larger political world. Anne has been the subject of many research papers for me so I was anxious to visit the sights connected to this lady that I've studied so much. Unfortunately, there is very little documented about her life before Henry.
Henry VIII decided to marry this daughter of Kleve, sight unseen except for the famous portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger (photo above) that now is on display at the Louvre in Paris. Holbein came to Germany to paint Anne and it was from this painting as well as political reasons that Henry VIII makes his marriage decision.
Henry was not one to keep a wife for very long and even before Anne had arrived in England he had determined that he might not keep her since the political reasons no longer existed and, as Henry VIII was in the habit of doing, his eyes were straying to other ladies. Anne’s missteps upon arrival in England due to cultural differences and her own sheltered upbringing along with no being able to speak English made it difficult for Henry to warm up to his new wife. Thus the marriage was never consummated and they were divorced within six months (Henry was anxious to move on to wife number five, whom he married within weeks of the divorce). A side story to this was that Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s advisor and chief encourager of the marriage for more than political reasons, lost not only his job but also his head. Anne fared must better.
Anne opted to stay in England for the remainder of her life, where chances are her life was much better living as the “beloved sister to Henry VIII” (he warmed up to her as a friend after she agreed to the divorce without a fight) than to return to Kleve in shame. Henry supplied her with a castle of her own and took care of her financial needs as well as becoming good friends with this lady from Kleve. Anne never returned to Germany and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
Moyland castle .situated on the outkirts of the small township of Bedburg Hau in the lower Rhine valley south of Kleve.Is not only one of the most imporant mediaeval castles of the Rhine land but also.following its complete conversion in the 19 th century.one of the most sigificiant buildings in the neo-Gothic style in North Rhine-westphalia
Sommer (1. April bis 31. Oktober)
Di bis Fr 10 bis 18 Uhr
Sa und So 10 bis 19 Uhr
Winter (1. November bis 31. März)
Di bis So 10 bis 17 Uhr
Montags geschlossen !
Walking around in Kleve, you will hear almost as much Dutch as german language. Many people from The Netherlands borderlands go to kleve (and other "cross-border-towns") as they still have the idea that in Germany groceries are cheaper. Some specific articles are, but when you buy overall the bill will end up the same highth as on our side of the border (well, what border actually (-: ). Here too the saying "the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence" is valid and the enormous amounts of germans that are doing groceryshopping in Arnhem and so, proove this statement completely.
Fondest memory: The saga of Elijas (remember the name of our little son: Ilja!) gives the castle and it's town a mysterious but attractive impuls.