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Anna of Kleve ueen of Secrets Read & Download Ï 104 Å ➿ [Download] ➽ Anna of Kleve ueen of Secrets By Alison Weir ➵ – 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 inBestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells Kleve ueen PDF #201 the little known story of Henry VIII’s fourth wife as a grieving king chooses a bride sight unseen in the fourth novel in Anna of PDFEPUBthe epic and intrigue filled Six Tudor ueens seriesNewly widowed and the father of an infant son Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to insure the royal succession Now forty six of Kleve ueen eBook #184 ov. Alison Weir returns with yet another novel in her Six Tudor ueens series turning the attention to one of the lesser known and seemingly least scandalous ueens Anna of Kleve served a brief time on the Tudor throne but much about her differed greatly from the other wives of Henry VIII Anna grew up in the House of La Marck part of Germany and was tied to the Duchy of Kleve Her family ruled the region effectively and ensured that the princess had all she could want A chance encounter with a cousin led to a scandalous event in the early 1530s one about which only a few were aware though it marked Anna deeply As the years passed Anna could not help but wonder what might come of her life though she did have a loose betrothal to a local prince but nothing was ever solidified When news arrived from England that King Henry VIII was looking to make strong political ties with Kleve which could include a wedding Anna was a likely candidate to secure the union Sending a miniature portrait to secure the king’s favour Anna waited to see if she would be invited to Court and potentially made the new wife in the Tudor realm A delayed arrival in England saw Anna accepted though neither Princess Anna nor King Henry seemed ready for what was to come Her wedding delayed for political reasons—said to be tied to her potential betrothal back in Germany—and then a wedding night that proved disastrous Anna was left to wonder if this was a huge mistake However she sought to bring forth children for the king in hopes of not ending up like his past wives Health and seeming impotence impeded any marital congress which turned out to be the out King Henry sought to annul the marriage Anna was left shocked and completely beside herself but was not sent off or scorned by Henry Rather she was given all the amenities that one might expect of a dear family member and given the title of ‘Sister of the ueen’ However there were still issues particularly with her small retinue as she was no longer respected Henry had moved on to a new and spritely wife leaving Anna to bide her time and turn to those she knew back in Kleve to provide much needed attention In the final years of her life Anna saw significant changes to the House of Tudor and of England’s foundation which would dramatically flavour the path forward By the end of her life Anna had shown herself as a respected member of the English Court even if she was not active in affairs Recounting many little known facts about Anna and her years after being ueen Weir dazzles the reader with stories some factual and others completed fabricated to tell of the most uniue—read bizarre— of the six wives A stellar piece of work that will keep the reader enthralled throughout Recommended to all those who love Weir’s work and especially those who enjoy all things TudorIt is always a pleasure to see a new piece by Alison Weir as I am permitted the chance to learn something while being entertained This Six Tudor ueens series has proven helpful in fuelling my passion for all things Tudor while also introducing me to a great deal information about which I had no idea Anna of Kleve is the ueen about whom I know the least though Weir made sure to fill the book with much that left me wondering and racing for the ‘author’s historical note’ Anna began life as a naive princess overcome by the wiles of an older relative but still kept the secret in order not to stain her family Her use as a pawn in the England Kleve political alliance seems not to have soured her resolve to make the most of her responsibility as she knowingly and voluntarily loved Henry VIII as best she could Tossed into uite the uagmire Anna was left to fend for herself when demeaned by Henry and his advisors but did not become a shrinking violet rose for the latter years of her life Seeking to move on she grew in personality and resolve as Weir depicts throughout There are the usual characters who fill the pages of the novel effectively from King Henry through to the lowest servants all of whom add a flavour to this fourth novel in the series The reader is even able to see ahead looking at the final two ueens chosen after Anna was tossed to the side The premise of the story is intriguing offering up some interesting facts that I knew nothing about before including in the opening chapters of the book Weir is one who always spins a tale adding fiction into her factual findings and creates an effective final product that will keep the reader wondering I cannot wait to see what else is to come with two ueens yet to receive their own novels I know Weir will keep her readers enthralled though I will have to wait until next spring for the next instalmentKudos Madam Weir for another wonderful novel I thoroughly enjoy your writing and all you bring to the storyLikehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge

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N the flesh She is pleasant looking just not the lady that Henry had expectedWhat 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 ueen Anna a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own alone in a royal court that rejected her from the day she arrive. In Anna of Kleve The Princess in the Portrait readers are introduced to Henry VIII's fourth wife Anna von Kleve commonly referred to as Anne of Cleves Following the loss of his third wife Jane Seymour—who died less than two weeks after the birth of Henry's longed for male heir Prince Edward—it was decided Henry's next wife should be the means of forming a political alliance in case England was attacked by France and the Holy Roman Empire Thomas Cromwell Henry's Principle Secretary and Chief Minister suggested Anna so the King sent Hans Holbien to paint a portrait of Anna and her younger sister Amalia Henry would use the portraits to decide which sister to marry Pleased with Anna's portrait Henry chose her to be his wife Anne of Cleves c 1539 Portrait by Hans Holbein the YoungerThe King wearing a disguise met Anna for the first time in Rochester on New Year's Day 1540 Anna failed to recognize him displeasing the King who decided she looked nothing like her portrait He no longer wished to marry her but to back out of the marriage would threaten the alliance with Kleve which Henry believed he needed In order to preserve that alliance Henry and Anna were married January 6 1540—but their marriage was never consummated The morning after their wedding Henry reportedly told Cromwell I liked her not well before but now I like her much worse for I have felt her belly and her breasts and thereby I can judge she should be no maid which so strake me to the heart when I felt them that I had neither will nor courage to proceed any further in other matters uote source Author's Note Anna of Kleve The Princess in the PortraitWithin six months Anna was ordered to leave the Court and shortly afterwards was asked to give consent to an annulment Anna agreed and their marriage was annulled July 9 1540 Pleased with her acuiescence Henry gave her a generous settlement of properties and income referred to Anna as The King's Beloved Sister and decreed that she would be given precedence over all the women of England except for his wife and daughtersNone of this is a spoiler it's all history I may or may not have gotten a bit carried away in sharing all of that but hey I'm a history geek It's what I do Weir covers all of this within the book as well as historical events that take place following the annulment of the marriage all the way up to Anna's death I'm betting anyone reading this review is relieved I didn't mention all of that as well So how did the fictional aspects of the story fare Weir made a bold choice in that regard and it is likely to prove controversial among Tudor enthusiasts This is an assumption on my part as I've not yet read any reviews of this book but I suspect it will prove to be a correct assumptionI won't discuss what that 'bold choice' was in this review but I will say that it was definitely surprising and than a little shocking to me when I realized where things were heading It put a whole new spin on the failure of Anna's marriage to Henry and—even though I don't consider it to be something that could have actually happened—the idea of it certainly sparks the imagination and made for an intriguing storyline It gives the reader something new to discover amidst all the historical fact an unknown with the potential to take the story in a completely different direction that they expected it would and in doing so keeps the story fresh and entertainingAnna was the wife to live the longest—surviving not only Henry but his heir as well As such Anna's story includes to some degree Katherine Howard Katherine Parr Edward VI and Mary I With each succeeding monarch Anna's life—not to mention her financial circumstances— was to change course in ways that were completely out of her control This was of particular interest to me as I was either unaware or had forgotten what became of Anna after Henry's death This along with the fictional storyline I mentioned earlier kept me eagerly reading until the endHistorical fact and fictional possibilities combined served to make Anna of Kleve The Princess in the Portrait a fascinating read The bold choice that drives the fictional storyline may not appeal to all readers but it gave the story a uniue edge not found elsewhere I loved this book and highly recommend it to others who enjoy reading Tudor historical fictionI received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Ballantine Books via Netgalley

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Anna of Kleve ueen of SecretsErweight 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 reuests 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 i. I first became familiar with Alison Weir by reading her historical biographies which are far from dry and boring but are instead entertaining engaging and read like novels When she ventured into historical fiction I did not hesitate to follow her along on that transition I have yet to be disappointed In Weir’s most recent novel “Anna of Kleve The Princess in the Portrait” Weir weaves an intriguing story about Henry VIII’s fourth wife Anna of Kleve was an enigmatic individual Of the four wives whose marriages ended at the King’s whim Anna’s story was the least tragic and the most unusual The King didn’t like her from their first meeting but he married her anyway and uickly regretted it Henry then came up with a weak excuse for a divorce and set out to convince Anna to accept his terms If Anna would agree to end the marriage Henry vowed to thereafter consider and treat her as his dear sister Anna was no fool—this was a far better offer than being exiled or executed so she agreed to the divorce Henry was true to his word He bestowed upon Anna various properties provided her an income allowed her to retain a retinue of advisors and household staff members for the rest of her life and did indeed treat her as a beloved sister Those were the historical facts that appear in Weir’s novel but Anna of Kleve’s life was not as well documented as some of Henry’s other wives Weir uses that lack of recorded information to create an interesting backstory for Anna beginning with her early teen years and the mistakes of youthful innocence Those mistakes are used to define and explain Anna’s behavior and personality into adulthood particularly during her brief tenure as ueen and her much longer tenure as “sister” of the King Weir weaves a plausible and believable story and does it in a way that keeps you turning the pages to the very end This is a “must read” for anyone who loves Tudor era historical fiction Thank you to Netgalley Ballantine Books and the author for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review