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4 September – Another marriage is arranged for Henry VIII and the death of Robert Dudley

On this day in Tudor history, 4th September 1539, William, Duke of Cleves, signed the marriage treaty promising his sister, Anne of Cleves, in marriage to King Henry VIII.

Anne would of course become Henry VIII's fourth wife.

Find out all about the marriage agreement and its terms, and what happened next...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 4th September 1588, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, died at Cornbury while on his way to Buxton to take the waters for his health.

The death of her favourite, and the man that is considered to be her 'true love', was a devastating blow to Elizabeth I and her reaction to the news shows just how much she loved her "sweet Robin".

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4 September – Another marriage is arranged for Henry VIII and the death of Robert Dudley