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Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride Paperback – 15 Oct 2010
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Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. She has written many books on the Tudors and England’s Queens for Amberley. She lives in Kingston Upon Thames.
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Elizabeth Norton has not unearthed anything new about Anne but she has done a good job in presenting the known facts in a clear and readable manner. Anybody writing Anne's biography is limited by the fact that so few personal details were known about her and she was perceived as being of little political or social importance after her brief marriage to Henry the Eighth ended as she had no power to promote faction or advancement at the Henrician court so her movements and thoughts were seen by the chroniclers of the times as unimportant. Neither did Anne of Cleves leave any diaries or personal letters that might reveal her true thoughts about her marriage and divorce - as opposed to her dutiful stance to promote her family's interest.
Little is known about the early youth of this obscure German princess from Cleves but Elizabeth Norton provides more details about her family background which is interesting. The narration follows Henry's choice of Anne as his fourth wife and rejection of her on their marriage night,and although the real reason for this is still unclear it appears to foreshadow the rejection of Caroline of Brunswick on her wedding night by the future George the Fourth - lack of personal hygiene, which must have indeed been dire given the very low standards of the age. Following her apparently relucatant acceptance of the divorce Anne settled for a quiet and prosperous life as the King's Dear Sister. Elizabeth Norton shows that, in a different less dramatic way, Anne of Cleves was just as much a victim of Henry as his other wives in that, despite her desire to return to Cleves Henry frustrated this by the terms of the settlement and even after his death her attempts to do so were fruitless.
The book is lavishly illustrated with full colour plates of Anne, and the people and places familiar to her. However, I was puzzled by the attribution of plate 52 as a portrait of Elizabeth the First; the features of this woman bear no relation to any accredited portraits and the features are impossibly youthful given her dress is late Elizabethan.
I enjoyed this biography of Anne of Cleves and I recomend it to anybody wanting to know about Anne of Cleves.
Considering the size of the sources used for the book, I would have expected much more detail.I would not easily be persuaded to buy another book by this author.
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