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VINE VOICEon 29 December 2009
A wonderfully lucid account of the life of Anne of Cleves which manages to avoid the pitfalls of wild supposition which make so many books like this read like author fantasies that lack a firm historical basis. Essentially we are still in the dark as to why the king rejected her. An ego-zapping first meeting? Personal hygiene? We really don't know and I prefer to be presented with the possibilities rather than a neat solution provided by the author. This is also the first book to recognise that Anne must have been clever to survive as she did. We also see though that the marriage blighted her life for she never remarried or had a child or went home to Cleves again and while she was financially well off during Henry's lifetime, she had to struggle and fight for her rights for the last few years of her life. This was a good read and although it presented little new it shone a wise and evenhanded light on Anne of Cleves.
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