Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

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'Alison Weir transforms Henry VIII's much-maligned fourth wife into a woman of passion, courage and mystery' Tracy Borman

Alison Weir, historian and author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession and Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen, paints a spellbinding portrait of Anna of Kleve, Henry VIII's fourth queen.

'This six-book series looks likely to become a landmark in historical fiction' The Times

A GERMAN PRINCESS WITH A GUILTY SECRET.

The King is in love with Anna's portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride.

She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance.

But Anna's past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall. Everyone knows the King won't stand for a problem queen.

ANNA OF KLEVE
THE FOURTH OF HENRY'S QUEENS
HER STORY

Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on new evidence to conjure a startling image of Anna as you've never seen her before. A charming, spirited woman, she was loved by all who knew her - and even, ultimately, by the King who rejected her.

History tells us she was never crowned.
But her story does not end there.

SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS.

'Alison Weir makes history come alive as no one else' Barbara Erskine

'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 152 x 231 x 42mm | 644g
  • Headline Review
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781472227737
  • 133,499

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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. Sarah Gristwood
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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. -- Sarah Gristwood 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. -- Tracy Borman 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. * S Mag, Sunday Express * 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. -- Susan Ronald A rounded, interesting portrait of the one who outlived the other wives * The Times * 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 * Historical Novel Review * 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. * Candis * The author is a master storyteller and creates a fascinating tale of love in all its guises * The Sun * 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 * Woman's Weekly * Alison Weir imparts some fascinating royal revelations * Choice Magazine *
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About Alison Weir

Alison Weir is the bestselling female historian (and the fifth-bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 3 million books worldwide.

She has published twenty history books, including her most recent non-fiction book, Queens of the Crusades, the second in her England's Medieval Queens quartet. Alison is also the author of twelve historical novels, including the highly acclaimed Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of Henry VIII, all of which were Sunday Times bestsellers.

Alison is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.
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