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Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens) (edizione 2019)

di Alison Weir (Autore)

Serie: Six Tudor Queens (4)

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The surprising and dramatic life of the least known of King Henry VIII's wives is illuminated in the fourth volume in the Six Tudor Queens series--for fans of Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, and The Crown. Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to ensure the royal succession. Forty-six, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses. Anna of Kleve, from a small German duchy, is twenty-four, and has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden. Henry commissions her portrait from his court painter, who depicts her from the most flattering perspective. Entranced by the lovely image, Henry is bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. Some think her attractive, but Henry knows he can never love her. What follows is the fascinating story of an awkward royal union that somehow had to be terminated. Even as Henry begins to warm to his new wife and share her bed, his attention is captivated by one of her maids-of-honor. Will he accuse Anna of adultery as he did Queen Anne Boleyn, and send her to the scaffold? Or will he divorce her and send her home in disgrace? Alison Weir takes a fresh and astonishing look at this remarkable royal marriage by describing it from the point of view of Queen Anna, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, alone and fearing for her life in a royal court that rejected her almost from the day she set foot on England's shore.… (altro)
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Titolo:Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)
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Info:Ballantine Books (2019), 512 pages
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Anna of Kleve is perhaps the most boring of Henry VIII's six wives - married to him for only a few months before he discards her and then living out the rest of her short life in several homes around the English countryside. I did not like the way in which the author toys with the known history of this Queen, inventing a lover and child that quite possibly didn't exist, nor the way in which she treats the death of Henry VIII, which hardly seems to faze Anna at all and is covered in about 1 1/2 pages. The book is filled with tedious details which fill up nearly 500 pages, which was totally unnecessary. Not one of the best in this series about the six wives. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Aug 1, 2021 |
Not as good as the previous three books; the Otho relationship isn’t credible and somewhat boring. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Feb 12, 2021 |
This was extremely detailed and reads almost more like a biography enhanced with dialogue. This just drags mostly from overly descriptive narrative of palaces, staff, horses, dresses, banquets, etc.
This was dull and boring in tone.
I really wish that Queen Anna had lived her life as described in this novel. I like to think of her having a secret lover and child.
At the same time much of the gossip about Anna comes from Chapuys' letters to the Emporer. Chapuys was not a reliable or unbiased source, he was quite a gossip as well. Sexism allows many of the wives of Henry VIII to be seen as stereotypes. In fact Henry was the jerk and there was nothing wrong with any of his wives. Even the one caught cheating, after all he was famously and flagrantly unfaithful to *all* of his wives. He murdered his cousins, 2 of his wives, his old tutor, old friends and threatened to kill his daughter Mary AFTER he cut off Anne Boleyn's head. This man was never okay.
Like every other tyrant in history he blamed and slandered his victims.
Anne Boleyn wasn't unfaithful and certainly wasn't cheating with her brother. Half of the dates given that she was accused on she wasn't physically where she was accused of being unfaithful. Henry lied and I don't understand why historians continue to treat his blatant lies as possible facts.
It's highly doubtful that Anna of Kleve wasn't a virgin when she married Henry. She came from a very conservative court and it was not uncommon not to speak of sexual matters to unwed women. The discussion that's given as proof that Henry never slept with her, based on testimony from her English ladies is dubious at best as she didn't have the vocabulary in English at that time to discuss such matters.
Finally virginity is a made up concept that really only supports patriarchy. The author must be aware that some folks born with vaginas don't have a hymen at all. Or that the hymen can be broken jumping, dancing, riding, etc.
Also tons of people who haven't had children have loose bellies, saggy breasts and stretch marks. I find it hard to believe someone as educated as herself doesn't know this.
I have no issue with her adding this storyline to this fictional book, just her attempting to make it seem plausible in the Author's Notes section. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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In the afterword Weir states that the romance between Anna and her cousin Otho von Wylich, her pregnancies, and son Johann are all fiction, though von Wylich did serve her for seventeen years. Henry VIII complained that she wasn't as beautiful as advertised and had "very evil smells about her." This from the man who was exceedingly obese with a foul smelling ulcerated leg and mercurial temperament. You might be a favorite in the morning and executed by the afternoon. He also decided to surprise her in disguise with a kiss and embrace which horrified Anna. When Anna became aware that Katheryn Howard had caught Henry VIIII's fancy she knew where her marriage was headed and that her lady-in-waiting was going to supplant her as queen. She was aiming to get out of the marriage alive and hoping to stay in England with more freedom then if she returned to her brother's court in Kleve. She would outlive Henry and Edward VI and survive both Catholic and Protestant rebellions that would result in the beheading of people she'd known. I enjoyed it! ( )
  lisa.schureman | Mar 30, 2020 |
Anna of Cleves has always been a mystery to historians. Of all of Henry the eighth‘s wives how did she survive and outlive him? Why was he so against their marriage, but then loved her as his closest sister once they were divorced. Alison Weir does an amazing job of imagining the life of Anna of Cleve and her role in the history of England and Henry VIII’s life. Another great book in this series. ( )
  chrirob | Oct 8, 2019 |
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The surprising and dramatic life of the least known of King Henry VIII's wives is illuminated in the fourth volume in the Six Tudor Queens series--for fans of Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, and The Crown. Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to ensure the royal succession. Forty-six, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses. Anna of Kleve, from a small German duchy, is twenty-four, and has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden. Henry commissions her portrait from his court painter, who depicts her from the most flattering perspective. Entranced by the lovely image, Henry is bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. Some think her attractive, but Henry knows he can never love her. What follows is the fascinating story of an awkward royal union that somehow had to be terminated. Even as Henry begins to warm to his new wife and share her bed, his attention is captivated by one of her maids-of-honor. Will he accuse Anna of adultery as he did Queen Anne Boleyn, and send her to the scaffold? Or will he divorce her and send her home in disgrace? Alison Weir takes a fresh and astonishing look at this remarkable royal marriage by describing it from the point of view of Queen Anna, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, alone and fearing for her life in a royal court that rejected her almost from the day she set foot on England's shore.

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