History records that when King Henry VIII met his wife to be Princess Anne of Cleve’s from Germany he said she was plain and ugly. From Anne of Cleaves viewpoint she had never seen a photo or painting of Henry before. She was told he was tall
,red headed, and handsome. That was twenty years before. The king planned on surprising Anne at Greenwich where she was staying on New Years Eve 1540.
The surprise backfired and Henry was taken aback that Anne did not recognize him nor did she submit to him kissing her and later forcing her to engage in oral sex. He had not been with a women in two years and he was as horny as a bull. What he may have never told his advisors was that he was to blame not Anne. Anne was a high Princess of Germany where things were done properly. Henry did not at first announce himself as the King, so Anne paid him no mind. Then he, a complete stranger, hugged her and forced a kiss. She was repulsed and afraid he was going to rape her. When he pulled his britches down and exposed himself she was afraid. Her mother never told her men like blow jobs. She never told Anne that men were filthy pigs and in bed they treated their women like whores. Anne was a 24 year old German Princess who was still no whore.
When he tied to force his penis into her mouth she gagged from the smell of his hairy penis. She had never been with a man or fooled around with any man. She was always protected from men by her mother all her life.
When Henry shouted in English “suck,suck,” she did not understand English. She cried as he tried to force himself on her. His penis was soft and would not get hard. He was impotent and he blamed it on her. She slapped his penis and he fell back in great pain holding his penis. He tried to lull his own penis to get it hard but he was embarrassed. She was shocked at did not realize that he was the King until she saw his purple robe.
She was disgusted and shocked that King Henry was an old man, obese, and impotent. Henry’s obesity interfered with his sexual functions and that was a secret he must have kept to himself? He may have had high blood pressure to go along with his obesity? Anne took the blame for Henry’s sexual shortcomings.
The language barrier was a major problem when Anne did not have her translator. In the privacy of her chambers there would be no translator. Anne was shocked when she realized the King of England wanted her to suck on his penis. She had never seen a man’s penis before.
Henry had to go through with wedding that January or risk war with her brother William the Duke of Cleve’s. After the wedding for several weeks Henry tried hard to climax. Eventually Anne learned to such his penis and hemp him gain an erection. He was 48 years old at the time with high blood pressure and severe obesity. He had a 54 inch waste and had to have his clothes resewed.
They never consumed the marriage because he was impotent. She kept his secret blowing him every night, letting him feel her breasts. She felt guilty that she was unsatisfactory in sex when really it was Henry’s sexual problem. Henry soon sent her away because he blamed Anne for his impotency. He even tried to have all sex with her which she was willing to submit too, but Henry could not penetrate her or get an erection. Henry kept this secret the rest of his life. It was a miracle that Katherine Parr his 6th wife bore him a son Prince Arthur when he was so often impotent?
In the 1500’s in England sex was seldom discussed in public or private. Shame was often attached to sex. Sex was to be to have children not just for enjoyment. Even Henry felt ashamed and guilty when he became old and obese and impotent.