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An Unknown Painting of the Young Anne of Cleves

Posted on: 25/07/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of CKleve, Anne of Cleves, portraiture, Tudor

Until last week, I would have stated firmly that there were no portraits of any of Henry VIII’s wives as young teenagers. But, wandering around the Basilika of St Lambertus in Dusseldorf (the former capital of Cleves, or Kleve), I was astonished to find this painting. It’s one of two triptychs of the Rosenkrantzbruderschaft – the Rosenkranz Brotherhood, or Confraternity of the Rosary, a religious society founded in 1468, which came to have a big community in Cologne. Painted by an unknown master…

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Alison Weir on The Curse of the Hungerfords

Posted on: 04/04/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, Anne Bassett, Anne of Cleves, Curse of the Hungerfords, henry viii, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

It’s always a pleasure to choose subjects for the e-shorts that accompany my Six Tudor Queens novels. There are so many options, some of them not so well known, and the latter are gifts to a historical novelist because they offer more scope for creativity. I chose Anne Bassett as the subject of one of the e-shorts to go with Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets. Anne served Anna, as she had Jane Seymour; indeed, she served all Henry VIII’s last four queens. Anne herself was more than once rumoured to…

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Alison Weir introduces Anna of Kleve

Posted on: 10/07/2018 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, Anne of Cleves, henry viii, Six Tudor Queens, six wives, Tudor

Most people think of Anna of Cleves – or Anna of Kleve, as she should be known – as the luckiest of Henry VIII’s wives. Having re-researched her story in depth for Anna of Kleve: Queens of Secrets, the fourth novel in my Six Tudor Queens series, I am not so sure that is true. Anna should have had it all: a crown, a great marriage to a powerful king, wealth, influence and popularity. But it was all snatched from her, for reasons that are still not fully clear. When, within a month of Jane Seymour…

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Anna of Kleve vs. Anne of Cleves by Alison Weir

Posted on: 14/06/2018 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, Anne of Cleves, henry viii, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

Why am I calling my next novel in the Six Tudor Queens series Anna of Kleve? Why not Anne of Cleves, as its subject is usually known? Firstly, I had decided at the outset that she was to be Anna, to distinguish her from Anne Boleyn and avoid confusion. For the same reason, I am using different spellings of Katherine for the three queens with that name: Katherine of Aragon, Katheryn Howard and Katharine Parr (I did suggest Kateryne Parr, as she herself spelt it, but we all felt it was too archaic…

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