My Lady of Cleves A Novel of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves 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 E

  • Title: My Lady of Cleves: A Novel of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves
  • Author: Margaret Campbell Barnes
  • ISBN: 9781402214318
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 thWritten 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.

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    1. I initially passed this book up at the bookstore, because the first two or three chapters were clunky and slow. My mom ended up buying it later, and after reading it passed it on to me as a "must read." I must say that after finishing the book, I agree.The book was written in 1946, so the writing style is a little archaic (full of adverbs and vocabulary that has been all but dropped by our generation), but the story is compelling and thoughtful. Anne of Cleves is my favorite of the Henry wives, [...]

    2. Henry VIII’s marital woes and wives are still the talk of gossip over 500 years later. One can only imagine what he would say about that? Even with bawdy talk, the least-discussed wife seems to be #4: Anne of Cleves. Perhaps it is because Henry and Anne had an amicable divorce with her continuing to live happily in England after the fact as Henry’s ‘sister’ making her the lest dramatic of the wives. Possibly, it is because of her personal countenance and demeanor as the opposite of a tro [...]

    3. This is my second Margaret Campbell Barnes novel, i love her style of writing, although written years ago they are not dated, just well written.Poor Anne came to England not knowing anyone or speaking the language, is called a Flanders mare and made a joke of for her dress sense, but in the end she manages become one of the most likeable of all Henry's wives. People gradually see that there is more to this woman than first meets the eye, they realise that Anne would have been the prefect wife fo [...]

    4. Although I imagined Anne de Cleves was someone I would like to read about, looking back now I think I was wrong. She probably was not controversial enough to merit a whole book. She made a good supporting character in other books I read and liked in the past. I ended abandoningMargaret Campbell Barnes'sMy Lady of Cleves in favor of more interesting reads many times. Just went back for a quick browse and can say that, although fairly well written, it was simply dull.

    5. Fifty years before Philippa Gregory set out to rescue the reputation of Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, Margaret Campbell Barnes did the same thing with My Lady of Cleves. I enjoyed Gregory’s Boleyn Inheritance as a sort of literary equivalent of cheesy puffs – bad for you, but sometimes trash is what you crave - but I liked My Lady of Cleves much more. However, I should put in a couple of caveats: First of all, Barnes invents an unconsummated romance between Anne and the painter [...]

    6. I loved this book! I've read many books about the Tudors but don't think I've ever come across one before that is solely about Anne Of Cleves. As she wasn't Henry's wife for very long, she is normally lumped with Katherine Howard story. And although Katherine is in this book. The focus is firmly on Anne. As I don't know a great factual detail about Anne, I wasn't sure how much was fiction mingled with fact. I have a feeling the love for Hans Holbein must have been purley there to give the story [...]

    7. My Lady of Cleves covers the life of Anne of Cleves from right before her marriage to Henry VIII until his death in 1547. The story opens with an agitated King Henry VIII, talking with his ministers about his need for a new wife after the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour in childbed. Among the candidates are the Duchess of Milan and the Cleves Princesses. The Duchess of Milan has already replied with “Only if I had two heads”! Smart girl!Hans Holbein is sent to Cleves to paint both Anne [...]

    8. My Lady of Cleves tells the story of Henry VIII's fourth wife. Urged by his counsellors to marry again, Henry chose Anne after seeing a painting of her by Hans Holbein. However, their marriage was short-lived: Henry did not like her from the start, and divorced her after just six months. Unlike Katherine of Aragon, Anne accepted the divorce and lived peacefully the rest of her life in England, as “the King's beloved sister”. Despite her short reign Anne has always been one of my favourite wi [...]

    9. I was completely amazed by this book. The richness that Barnes put into the characters was spellbinding! Anne of Cleves takes center stage in this story, chronicling the last few months of her life in her home country, her brief time as Queen of England, and finally ending with the death of Henry VIII. I was drawn in almost from the start, coming to like Anne almost immediately. Here's a sensible, practical woman thrown into an extraordinary, dangerous situation -- being married off to one of th [...]

    10. This is the kind of book I love to read. I was definitely very comfortable reading about this period of history because I have read so much about the Tudor's. I was quite pleased to read a book about Anne of Cleaves because I had not seen a lot about her. I also liked her the best of Henry's wives because she was smart and lived to tell the tale. Very good book.

    11. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's 4th wife. Didn't know much about her and in this telling of her story, I really liked her and felt she was the ultimate victor of all the wives. I'd like to read a non-fiction work on her.

    12. Dutch translation of 'My Lady of Cleves'. Enjoyable read about my favourite of Henry's six wives, even though I suppose loads of it is made up. Recommended for lovers of Tudor fiction.

    13. In a way, I felt guilty about giving this book 2 stars. After all, the author was born in the late 1800s. It’s almost like stomping on her grave. And maybe some of the sentences, i.e. “One of my uncle the Duke’s gentlemen retainers.” were just editing errors. “Some instinct must have warned me of the danger ran” is probably the fault of the editor, right? But to be fair, Dickens was also born in late 1800s. So, in view of equality, I gave this book 2 stars. I just could not believe t [...]

    14. I really liked how Anne of Cleves was portrayed in this book! and it proved to be a very enjoyable read. I had to get used to the writing style though, and it took a little longer to get into the book. It proved to be a very interesting read, and I really did like this book. It’s hard not to sympathize with Anne. Practically alone in a country where English is a foreign language, and with different customs and clothing to get used to, I felt really sorry for her in the beginning of the book. W [...]

    15. Written in the 1940s and re-released in the 2000s, this is one of the few novelizations of my favorite of the Tudor wives, Anne of Cleves---the one whom Henry VIII married based on a 2-inch miniature painting and then spent their brief marriage trying to figure out how to put her aside, eventually annulling the marriage based on the (false) basis of Anne's being pre-contracted.While the style of writing does age the book, that wasn't the biggest reason I couldn't give it five stars. It paints a [...]

    16. This is a great book if you want to know more about the least known of Henry's wives. It spins Anne's story from her home in Cleves to the court in England where most of Henry's waiting ladies want her to fail even before she arrives.The awful ordeal of being married off to someone she had never met who had already disposed of 2 wives, must have been very hard on a young woman. Anne had never travelled and could speak very little English. The infamous miniature by Holbein that leads to Henry agr [...]

    17. Anne of Cleves was Henry VIII’s fourth wife. After a bad first meeting, they married anyway, but almost immediately, Henry was taken with Katherine Howard, so Henry and Anne’s marriage only lasted six months. They divorced and from then on, Anne was considered his “sister” and was treated quite well. This is a fictional account of their life together, and Anne’s life afterward, up until Henry’s death.I thought it was really good. I’ve read a little bit about Anne of Cleves, but mos [...]

    18. Anne of Cleves has always fascinated me. Was she really a fat and uncouth Flander's Mare. Or was she an intelligent & independent woman who set her own path?This book definitely takes the latter viewpoint of the 4th wife. Whether or not this is an accurate historical representation is open to debate, but the character in the book is one that is lovable.The one qualm I had with this book is Henry. The author tries to make him likeable but, well, I kinda have taken to a great dislike of Henry [...]

    19. I am in love with Margaret Campbell Barnes. Her writing style is phenominal and precise. I love that she wrote an entire book centered around the least known wife of Henry VIII. Anne of Cleves was an amazing woman with many strengths. After reading this book, I feel as though Ms. Barnes captured her in a new light that needs to be shed upon her.

    20. I loved this book! I am a huge fan of Philippa Gregory and love reading about the Tudors, but was getting tired of Anne Boylen, when I saw this story about Anne of Cleves. Probably the least famous of Henry VIII's wives, she usually doesn't take up much space in stories, so I was interested to see what this author had to say. Highly entertaining. I'd love to think that Henry later regretted not staying married to her, when in fact she was probably the kind of Queen he needed as he got older. Any [...]

    21. Unlike Henry's other wives, ot many books are written about poor Anne of Cleves. This turns her into a compelling, relateable character that is quite admirable in her own way. Some of the descriptions of characters do repeat themselves multiple times throughout the book, but this was easy to forgive when presented with the overall quality of the story and characters.

    22. I read several of Margaret Campbell Barnes' novels, which we'd now of course call historical fiction, many years. I enjoyed them greatly. She was a talented writer, and I suspect her books would still hold up today.

    23. Finally read itFor some reason I waited a long time to read this and I was not disappointed. Although I have long been an Anne Boleyn fan, I admire Anne of Cleves and enjoy that she kept her head and outlived Henry. It is a nicely written novel.

    24. Hit and miss. Didn't love this as much as I was hoping or as much as I enjoyed her other books. Still, ok overall. Full review to come.

    25. Outstanding. Nearly every page included a marvelous quote that I wanted to highlight. She's clearly a brilliant woman and a marvelous author.

    26. Anne sought in the folds of her skirt for the gold-handled scissors hanging from her belt. Deftly she snipped off the fattest grape of all and popped it into his [Henry VIII's] watering mouth. He savored it greedily and, after a furtive glance across the room, squeezed her hand with the obscene slyness of an old man who has lived lustily."The pick of the bunch!" he said. And the faded eyes that blinked at her from beneath his sandy lashes were full of fun, and affection."How kind of you to bring [...]

    27. I like to think that, at this stage, I have built up a fairly strong base knowledge concerning historical fiction. I have read a lot. Nevertheless, as with all reading in this genre I always consult one forum alone after completion of my newest find; my Mom. She's read ten times more than I have and there's not a historical fiction novel I can name she hasn't partaken in at one point or another. And she very much helped me to clarify my thoughts on this book. It's dated. Badly. I'll leave compar [...]

    28. Originally written in 1946Well written and informative I read in 3 daysLearned so much about king Henry's 4th wife

    29. Anna, the Princess of Cleves, leads a very boring life full of everyday sorrows in her little dukedom, until the day when Hans Holbein came to her palace to paint her and her younger sister. Henry Tudor - who has already had three wifes, one of whom was beheaded - is looking for wife number four and wishes to choose from the paintings he receives. Every idiot would have guessed that the not-so-pretty, rather chubby Anna would never suit Henrys taste, but unfortunately Hans Holbein falls in love [...]

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