Written by world-renouned historical novelist Margaret Campbell Barnes, My Lady of Cleves gives readers an intimate portrait of the warm, unpretentious princess who never expected to become Queen of England. Knowing the king's ravenous desire for a son, and aware of the disastrous consequences of not bearing an heir, Anne of Cleves bravely took on the duty of weathering the Tudor King's temper, whims, arrogance, and irresponsible passions--and won the hearts of his subjects in the process.
A treat for readers of Tudor fiction and those fascinated by the complex relationships of Henry VIII and his wives, My Lady of Cleves leads readers into a world of high drama and courtly elegance.
She was a good writer and it showed, she did not try to put words in her characters mouths, words that did not belong. She did not make it too flighty or too much like a textbook. It made it interesting.
Anne of Cleves, well better to be divorced than beheaded. Though in this one you do get sad for her, since she could not leave even after her divorce. Maybe she wanted something more? But then again, she had her own household, no man to bother her, life must have been pretty good that way too.
So this book follows her from Cleves to her short marriage, and what happens afterward. Him marrying again, and again. I did like her, she seemed like a sensible woman. And she needs a story too, because gods, that Boleyn woman has TOO many books. I am so bored by her. Jane was a bit dull, the Howard kid was stupid. Catherine you always see in the background anyone and Parr, well eh, so yes Anne of Cleves has a good story to tell too.
Paperback, 331 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1946)