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Anne of Cleves - Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

by James Gairdner

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"Anne of Cleves - Fourth Wife of Henry VIII - A Short Biography" by
James Gairdner does not do justice to Anne. it is a miniscule biography of eight pages, but it only cost $0.99 at Amazon Kindle so what can I expect.

Anne of Cleves is the only one of Henry's wives whom I admired. The marriage was very short, six months and three days, she kept her head, received a financial settlement when the marriage was annulled and she was referred to as “The King’s Sister.” She became a friend to him and his children and also beat him at cards when others let him win! She outlived him and was the last of his wives to die.

I stitched her in embellished blackwork - front on as Hans Holbein the Younger painted her for the King, thus not showing her big nose which, it is reputed, caused Henry to call her "the mare of Flanders." It was on this portrait that the King decided to marry her, sight unseen, following the death of third wife, Jane Seymour, from complications of childbirth.

None of this interesting stuff is in this biography. It sticks to the historical, dull facts of dates, birth, deaths, and her pre-contract of marriage with Francis I, Duke of Lorraine. How much can it say in eight pages, when two are given over to copies of portraits of Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard who followed her on the marriage go round until she lost her head. ( )
  pmarshall | Oct 17, 2012 |
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