Friday, December 12, 2008

My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes

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


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.


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).

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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. :)