There is an Anne of Cleves we all think we know - the dumpy fourth wife so uninspiring that Henry VIII couldn't even consummate their marriage. Alison Weir gives us a radically different 'Anna of Kleve' - one who is definitely hiding some secrets under her thick, unbecoming German gown. It takes a writer of Weir's skill to make us believe her fantasia on the established story. But more importantly, it takes a historian of Weir's experience - her familiarity with the sources, and the period detail - to use this compelling fiction to cast a revealing fresh light on the real historical figure.
In this vivid and beautifully crafted portrayal, Alison Weir transforms Henry VIII's much-maligned fourth wife into a woman of passion, courage and mystery. Utterly gripping and endlessly surprising, this novel captivates from the first page to the last. It is like meeting Anna of Kleve for the very first time. A masterpiece.
The latest novel in this evocative chronicle of Henry's wives offers an unusual perspective on the king. His relationship with Anna is surprisingly touching, giving her moments of happiness in an unfulfilled life.
Anna of Kleve comes alive on the page in surprising and mysterious ways that only an author of Weir's superb finesse can achieve. I always thought Anna was the most clever of Henry's discarded wives, but Weir has put quite a twist to her tale that I utterly buy into and applaud.
A rounded, interesting portrait of the one who outlived the other wives
An outstanding novel, the most intriguing so far in Weir's 'Six Queens' series... Anna is a survivor... Weir tells her story with passion, a strong emotional pulse and an excellent knowledge base
This well-researched, beautifully crafted book offers an emotional insight into his fourth wife...drawing on new evidence to create a startling new image of Anna.
The author is a master storyteller and creates a fascinating tale of love in all its guises
Alison Weir creates a stunning portrait of a highly intelligent and beloved royal queen ... Meticulously researched, this is a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening account of a woman whose name is known to most, but whose character has remained a mystery
Alison Weir imparts some fascinating royal revelations