Publication Date: July 19, 2013
It is winter 1539. King Henry VIII is galloping through the night to Rochester to meet a young woman. Just arrived in England from Germany, Anne of Cleves is destined to become his fourth wife. He has never met her before. He has only seen her portrait – the portrait of a sweet, demure and innocent young woman. The impatient and lovesick king must see her before their marriage. But this rushed and unplanned rendezvous will shock them and the country both. It will also lead to some completely unexpected and fatal results.
In D. Lawrence-Young’s well-researched novel, we learn of the strong passions and the deadly politics when the romantic plans of a frustrated Tudor king go badly wrong.
Well written, well researched fictional account of Henry's luckiest wife. The Anne of this novel is a charming person. She led a rich and fulfilled life during a dangerous period in history. I enjoyed this book, it is full of wonderful historical figures. The writing flows and the book is easy to read.
Portrait of Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein