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My Lady of Cleves Unknown Binding – 1945


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  • Publisher: Macdonald (1945)
  • ASIN: B0063DZAP8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar 2005
Format: Hardcover
After I read this author's terrific book on Anne Boleyn, "Brief Gaudy Hour", I knew that I would read more by this excellent author. I was delighted to discover that she had also written a book about another woman who had married King Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, wife number four. I was fortunate enough to have been able to find a copy of this long out of print book, and I was not disappointed.
This is a wonderful work of historical fiction of one of the lesser known wives of King Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, who was a young Flemish princess of the Duchy of Cleves. When Jane Seymour, wife number three, died shortly after giving birth to the future King Edward VI of England, counselors to King Henry VIII urged him to marry again for reasons of state. As this vain monarch was by this time a bit of a hard sell, given the fact that his first three wives had died unhappy deaths and he was no longer young, fit and handsome, pickings were slim. His Lord Chancellor, Thomas Cromwell, urged upon him an alliance of political expediency between Cleves and England, in hopes of buttressing England's new found Protestantism, as Cleves was a Lutheran stronghold.
King Henry VIII provisionally agreed, provided that one of the two princesses of Cleves, Anne or Amelia, was to his liking. So, he commissioned renowned court painter, Hans Holbein, to go to Cleves and paint miniatures of these two princesses of Cleves. When Han Holbein arrived in Cleves, he painted miniature portraits of both Anne and Amelia. While Amelia was the more superficially attractive one, Hans Holbein saw something in Anne that transcended physical beauty, and, being the artist that he was, his vision transposed itself onto the miniature portrait that he painted of Anne, creating a portrait of exquisite sweetness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Araujo on 2 Feb 2009
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After reading Philippa Gregory's Boleyn inheritance I was eager to know more about Anne of Cleves and I got this book upon searching. I must say it is lovely, it simply is! Anne of Cleves comes off as a kind woman who had Henry given half the chance could have been his perfect wife. The romance between the painter Holbein was a kind touch as it does in actuality make sense, his painting of her is by far one of his best and most powerful pieces. So to see the story behind the painting was a real treat. The twist of Henry and Anne was wonderful I felt really lucky to have read this book, the authors style may seem a little dated but I still really enjoyed this novel and hope that this along with the Boleyn inheritance can renew interest in this lovely and enchanting lady who has been neglected by history and novelists due to her looks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
After I read this author's terrific book on Anne Boleyn, "Brief Gaudy Hour", I knew that I would read more by this excellent author. I was delighted to discover that she had also written a book about another woman who had married King Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, wife number four. I was fortunate enough to have been able to find a copy of this long out of print book, and I was not disappointed.

This is a wonderful work of historical fiction of one of the lesser known wives of King Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, who was a young Flemish princess of the Duchy of Cleves. When Jane Seymour, wife number three, died shortly after giving birth to the future King Edward VI of England, counselors to King Henry VIII urged him to marry again for reasons of state. As this vain monarch was by this time a bit of a hard sell, given the fact that his first three wives had died unhappy deaths and he was no longer young, fit and handsome, pickings were slim. His Lord Chancellor, Thomas Cromwell, urged upon him an alliance of political expediency between Cleves and England, in hopes of buttressing England's new found Protestantism, as Cleves was a Lutheran stronghold.

King Henry VIII provisionally agreed, provided that one of the two princesses of Cleves, Anne or Amelia, was to his liking. So, he commissioned renowned court painter, Hans Holbein, to go to Cleves and paint miniatures of these two princesses of Cleves. When Han Holbein arrived in Cleves, he painted miniature portraits of both Anne and Amelia. While Amelia was the more superficially attractive one, Hans Holbein saw something in Anne that transcended physical beauty, and, being the artist that he was, his vision transposed itself onto the miniature portrait that he painted of Anne, creating a portrait of exquisite sweetness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "emma3006" on 25 Jun 2002
Format: Paperback
A detailed history of Anne of Cleves journey to England to become the Henry VIII's third bride and Queen of England.
It describes Holbein's famous miniature's that was was sent to Henry VIII of Anne of Cleves and her sister. Because of Holbein's love for Anne, the miniature captured her spirit and soul, making her more beautiful on canvas then in real life.
From the moment Henry VIII first meet her he was disappointed and wanted to cancel the wedding. Due to the important alliance England had made with Cleves, his policital advisors persuaded him to go through with the wedding.
This started very unhappy time for the down to earth and kind Anne, having to learn new ways in a foreign country and forever dissapointing King Henry.
A beautifully written book detailing the other Queen's downfall, political alliances and an insight into the common man during the 15th Centuary
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