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Anne of Cleves - Good for you Anne you beat them all,
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This review is from: Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride (Paperback)
I admire Anne of Cleves, I really do. For a woman of her time, and especially one placed into her unique situation, she showed immense strength of character throughout what must have been a terrifying ordeal. Openly ridiculed, by Henry and his Court, and sharing her bed with a King who was far from the glamorous, red haired prince of his youth, Anne of Cleves showed remarkable courage for such a young woman, so far from home and dreadfully isolated. I'm very happy to have this book in my Tudor collection, but I have to be very honest and say that I didn't gain any further insight into Anne than I already had. It's a nice work, cleanly presented with good illustrations but lacking in opinion, and I would have liked it be more opinionated. I'm waiting for the compassionate version, the one that sees Anne lifted into her rightful place as the woman who survived them all, and came out of it not just with her life but with independent wealth, properties and a direct link straight back into the heart of the Tudor family. After all, even the magnificent Thomas Cromwell didn't survive this marriage. It's a shame that, even here, so much is made of the fact that Henry wouldn't consummate his marriage to Anne and that's always seen as such a negative but, in my own opinion, it's probably what saved her life. Anne was free from the Tudor curse of infant mortality, infertility, miscarriage and stillbirth and more importantly, Henry had no excuse to tire of her and sharpen his axe. As historical works go this is a must have for any Tudor enthusiast but I just wanted a little more warmth, a little more compassion for this wonderful woman.