Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir (Six Tudor Queens #4)
English | 2019 | General Fiction/Classics | ePUB | 4.2 Mb
Anna of Kleve:Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells the little-known story of Henry VIII’s fourth wife, as a grieving king chooses a bride sight unseen in the fourth novel in the epic and intrigue-filled Six Tudor Queens series.
Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to insure the royal succession. Now forty-six, overweight and unwell, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe’s most eligible princesses, but Anna of Kleve—a small German duchy—is twenty-four and eager to wed. Henry requests Anna’s portrait from his court painter, who enhances her looks, painting her straight-on in order not to emphasize her rather long nose. Henry is entranced by the lovely image, only to be bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. She is pleasant looking, just not the lady that Henry had expected.
What follows is a fascinating story of this awkward royal union that had to somehow be terminated tactfully. Alison Weir takes a fresh and surprising look at this remarkable royal marriage by describing it from the point of view of Queen Anna, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, alone in a royal court that rejected her from the day she arrived.
“Erasmus preaches universal peace and tolerance,” Vater went on, oblivious. “There can be no higher ideal than that. It inspires the way I live my life, the way I govern my duchy and my court, and the way I nurture my children.”
“It is a high ideal,” Onkel Otho observed, “but a dangerous one. Even if he does not intend to, Erasmus encourages those who attack the Church. It’s a short step from that to the heresies of Martin Luther.”
“Luther speaks sense in many ways,” Vater countered. “There are abuses in the Church, and they need to be rectified.”
“My lord has banned Luther’s works,” Mutter said quickly.
“I have indeed, twice,” Vater confirmed. “But some of his protests against the Church are justified. No one should have to pay priests to forgive their sins and save them from Purgatory, and it’s wrong that the princes of the Church live in luxury when our Lord was a simple carpenter. But to deny five of the sacraments is plain heresy.”
“Your son-in-law would not agree with you,” Onkel Otho replied.”