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Anna of Kleve : the princess in the portrait : a novel

Author: Alison Weir
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Novels
History
Fiction
Named Person: Anne, of Cleves Queen consort of Henry VIII King of England; Anne, of Cleves Queen consort of Henry VIII King of England
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Weir
ISBN: 9781101966570 1101966572
OCLC Number: 1099659636
Notes: "Published in the United Kingdom as Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets by Headline Review, an imprint of the Headline Publishing Group, London."
Description: 498 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Alison Weir.

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"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?"--

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