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Who was Susanna Horenbout?

Posted on: 17/09/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, Anne of Cleeves, henry viii, Six Tudor Queens, Susanna Horenbout, Tudor

Of about two dozen female artists working in the sixteenth century, Susanna Horenbout is one of the least known. In fact, no work can be attributed to her with confidence. Nevertheless, she is accounted as the first woman painter to have worked in England. She was actually Flemish and came from an artistic family of Ghent. Her father was the artist Gerard Horenbout (or Hornebolt), court painter to Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands, and her brother was the miniaturist Lucas Horenbout…

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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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True or False? Anna of Kleve Quiz

Posted on: 11/03/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, henry viii, Quiz, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

For publication of the fourth book in the bestselling Six Tudor Queens series Alison Weir has created this special True or False quiz about Anna of Kleve. Anna of Kleve True or False quiz Henry VIII went incognito to meet Anna of Kleve when she arrived in England.TrueFalseAnna was a Protestant.TrueFalseHenry called Anna a 'Flanders mare'.TrueFalseHenry complained about Anna wearing German dress.TrueFalseAnna complained to the ambassador of Kleve about Henry's pursuit of Katheryn H…

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Scandal in the Seymours by Alison Weir

Posted on: 09/01/2019 with tags: alison weir, henry viii, Jane Seymour, Six Tudor Queens, six wives, The Seymours, Tudor

It appears likely that there was some kind of scandal in Jane Seymour’s family before she came to court. By 1519, her brother Edward had married an heiress called Catherine Fillol. She bore two sons, John in 1527 and Edward in 1529, then seems to have retired to a convent. Mysteriously, her father, Sir William Fillol, in his will of 1527, directed that ‘for many diverse causes and considerations’, neither Catherine ‘nor her heirs of her body, nor Sir Edward Seymour her husband in any wise’ were…

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