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Anna of Kleve, the Princess in the Portrait
Anna of Kleve, the Princess in the Portrait | Alison Weir
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Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells the little-known story of Henry VIII's fourth wife, as the 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 ensure the royal succession. Forty-six, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses. Anna of Kleve, from a small German duchy, is twenty-four, and has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden. Henry commissions her portrait from his court painter, who depicts her from the most flattering perspective. Entranced by the lovely image, Henry is bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. Some think her attractive, but Henry knows he can never love her. What follows is the fascinating story of an awkward royal union that somehow had to be terminated. Even as Henry begins to warm to his new wife and share her bed, his attention is captivated by one of her maids-of-honor. Will he accuse Anna of adultery as he did Queen Anne Boleyn, and send her to the scaffold? Or will he divorce her and send her home in disgrace? Alison Weir takes a fresh and astonishing 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 and fearing for her life in a royal court that rejected her almost from the day she set foot on England's shore. For fans of Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, and The Crown, this latest volume in the Six Tudor Queens series explores the surprising and dramatic life of the least known of King Henry VIII's wives.
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MallenNC
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When looking for books for this #FallisBooked prompt I noticed several of my royals books have red covers. I didn‘t even have to move them for the photo. #RedCover

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊❤️ 1w
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Lynnsoprano
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Congratulations to the fabulous @Librarybelle who is celebrating an amazing milestone with #200Kgiveaway. The book I‘d like to read is the tagged one. It was mentioned in a Smithsonian magazine article, because Weir apparently runs with an unconventional theory that Anna was pregnant by another man when she married Henry VIII. So this has moved up my TBR. Thanks for a very generous giveaway.

Librarybelle Thank you! 😊 I just got a copy of this; can‘t wait to read it! 2w
Crazeedi I cant wait to read this either!! 2w
Lynnsoprano @robinb I know! Plus, I keep thinking she looks like someone I know. 2w
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Bowietrek
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Liking this book a lot. Anna is my favorite of the six.

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The Six Tudor Queen series is a fun romp for Tudor fans. Weir does flex her creative muscles here (again more strongly than I felt with Anne Boleyn‘s novel) hypothesizing a few storylines she felt could potentially have happened. This may disgruntle some readers however personally doesn‘t bother me as it is historical fiction and not non fiction.
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Birdsong28 Looking forward to this. I have a signed edition pre-ordered from #Waterstones can't wait! Have you read the ebooks in between this series? 😘📚📖 7mo
beaconhillbooks @birdsong28 Oh wow how cool! I‘ve been reading most of them through netgalley because I can‘t wait to read them lol 7mo
Birdsong28 @beaconhillbooks You will have to check out the mini ebooks as they are a nice companion to each of the stories. 7mo
beaconhillbooks @Birdsong28 thank you for the rec! 6mo
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