Friday, December 12, 2008

My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes






Rating: 2.2.1
Category: Historical Fiction
Published: 1946, 2008
328 pages


Review:

Princess Anne of Cleves was the 4th wife of Henry VIII and, in my opinion, the most fortunate of his six wives. This book was quite interesting and I really liked Anne of Cleves. She was an admirable woman who made the most of a sorry situation. I really don't know how much of this book was truth and how much conjecture but it was a good read; not necessarily fast paced or un-put-downable, but still interesting. From what I understand, Henry VIII was a good king and good for England but he was a despicable person. While you do see a slightly softer side of him at times in this novel, I just hated him. Yet since I've read this book and Brief Gaudy Hour, I have found myself thinking about reading a non-fiction book about him and his wives. Isn't it funny how we become interested in things, sometimes with a morbid curiousity? This book also has made me very curious about Henry Tudor's children who succeeded him, King Edward VI, Queen Mary I, and especially Queen Elizabeth I. Even if I never read anything about Henry VIII and his wives again, I will definitely pick up something about his children.



5 comments:

Chain Reader said...

I'm in the middle of watching The Other Boleyn Girl, and I recently watched a movie about Elizabeth I, so I'm interested in this stuff right now.

Julie J. said...

I agree, I get freaky interested in the truth behind historical figures and events when I read fictional stories that take place around those people or events... Like G.F.H. for example!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to be picky, but I believe you mean Henry VIII (the Eighth), not Henry XIII (the Thirteenth).

Anonymous said...

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Kim said...

Anonymous #1: Thanks for the edit. I feel so stupid. I meant VIII but I just got XIII in my head and kept using it. You probably think I'm a total idiot but I have to say that I'm closer to 30% of an idiot. :)