01/6/17

Ghost Queens: Anne of Cleves

On January 6, 1540, King Henry VIII reluctantly married his fourth wife, the German Anne of Cleves. Though Henry had been smitten by Anne’s portrait, he was not smitten by her appearance in person.

“She is nothing so fair as she hath been reported,” the surly king complained.

After just six months of marriage, Henry requested an annulment on the grounds that the union had never been consummated. Anne agreed to the request, and a grateful Henry gave her a generous settlement and thereafter called Anne “the King’s Beloved Sister.” Now, more than 475 years after the ill-fated marriage, ghosts reportedly walk properties bearing Anne’s name.

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07/10/16

Ghost Queens: Jane Seymour

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King Henry VIII famously had six wives, but what he wanted most was a male heir. Henry’s first two wives, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, tried in vain for sons, but each only bore a single daughter. Henry divorced Katherine for Anne, and the former queen died alone in January 1536. Accused of witchcraft and adultery, Anne lost her head on the chopping block just a few months later. The two former queens reportedly haunt several English properties, but they aren’t alone. Legend has it Jane Seymour, Henry’s third wife, roams Hampton Court Palace, searching for the baby she left behind.

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11/13/12

Creepy Photo of the Day: The Dark Monk of Newcastle’s Castle Keep

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Dating back to medieval times, the Newcastle Castle Keep is reportedly haunted by a slew of spirits, including a dark monk with no eyes. Is that him in the photo? Or is it Darth Vader?

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