Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves

Henry VIII's Unwanted Wife

Anne's marriage to Henry VIII, and her life after their annulment; how Anne of Cleves, out of all the king's wives, survived him.


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Anne of Cleves left her homeland in 1539 to marry the king of England. She was not brought up to be a queen, yet out of many possible choices she was the bride Henry VIII chose as his fourth wife. But, from their first meeting the king decided he liked her not and sought an immediate divorce. After just six months their marriage was annulled, leaving Anne one of the wealthiest women in England. This is the story of Anne's marriage to Henry, how the daughter of Cleves survived him and her life afterwards.

The latest in the series of popular Tudor biographies from Sarah-Beth Watkins, author of Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII

REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

Everyone mark your calendars. This is the day that I finally read a Tudor history book that I liked. ~ Caidyn Young, bw-reviews.com

Fascinating and comprehensive history of one of Henry VIII's least-known queen. The book gives a clear picture of Anne and how she navigated successfully her difficult situation and ended up as 'one of the richest women in England' by skilfully managing her relationship with Henry. By agreeing to become the 'King's Sister' and relinquish her position as Queen and Wife of the King, she succeeded in achieving probably the best possible outcome for herself. It is clear from this book that the stereotype of the 'Flanders Mare' is unwarranted - in many ways, Anne was arguably Henry's most successful wife... ~ John Laffan, NetGalley

his was so, SO good. The research was impeccable, the writing easy-to-understand (without sounding novice), the author's love of the subject apparent. ~ Stacie Tyson, NetGalley

This was a fascinating look at Anne, a wife that is often overlooked. The writing was brilliant and I can imagine many Tudor obsessed readers loving this. ~ Sara Marsden, NetGalley

What I particularly loved about this book was learning about Anne’s relationships with Henry’s children and his wives after Anne. I was also fascinated by the way Anne navigates the politics of the time so successfully – as with the succession of Edward VI and the events surrounding Lady Jane Grey...I read it over three days – but I feel I learned so much from it and would definitely recommend this publication if you’d like to know a bit more about Anne and what was going on in England during her lifetime. ~ Star Daws, NetGalley

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Anne of Cleves sounds like a fascinating person. This book covers Anne's story from her early days until her death. How she becomes Henry VIII's fourth queen and how she lost it all. We also get to see how her life turns during the reign of two more queens, Queen Katherine and Queen Mary I (Known as Bloody Mary). I liked how the author included the letters between the different personalities which made the reading more interesting. The book is not long but it gives you an adequate impression and information on what Anne of Cleves was as a person and how her relationship with King Henry VIII affected her. ~ Constantine, NetGalley

As a massive fan of anything Tudor, I was absolutely delighted to be sent a pre release copy of this wonderful, wonderful account of the life of Anne of Cleves. I dove straight in and literally devoured the pages. Written by Sarah Beth Watkins, this easy to read book was a fab biography of the life of Anne of Cleves. My heart really felt for her, having to leave her home and all she knew, for a life in a strange country, not knowing the language, it must of been utterly terrifying. And that's without the knowledge of what had become of Henry's past wives! Although the marriage was used to create an alliance between England and Germany, Henry wasn't particularly taken with his new wife, which upset Anne when she was faced with the fact that her short marriage was coming to an end. Despite this she conformed to Henry's wishes and agreed on a divorce settlement which left her known as 'the kings beloved sister' and kept in high regards, she was free to live a very wealthy lifestyle and outlived the King. Unfortunately Anne faced financial difficulties towards the end of her life which must of been awfully hard for her. I particularly loved the illustrations in the book as well as the wonderful account of this very brave lady. Would recommend to any fan of history. Thank you so much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read In return for an honest review. Five stars. ~ L. J., NetGalley

This book was amazing. After recently discovering that I'm related to Anne (distantly of course) I have been devouring everything I could that told me anything about her and this by far was one of the better researched of the books about her. highly recommend this book! ~ Makenzie Erickson, NetGalley

Finally a book about about Anne of Cleves! Being married and divorced from Henry VIII is no easy task. Yet, even after his death, it would take strength to survive the turbulent and dangerous Tudor England. Sarah-Beth Watkins gives wonderful insight into the life of Henry VIII's fourth and underrated wife. ~ Sarah Patten, herstoryline.com

A fascinating read a true look at Anne Cleve’s from her early days on as Henry the eights 4th wife she is usually overshadowed this book with all its info about her will change your view. #netgalley#chronos books ~ rhonda Lomazow, https://twitter.com/rhondareads

As a teacher, I look for books like this to add to my classroom library. I think my students will really enjoy this, especially my girls who like reading about women in history. Granted, Anne may not be the strongest figure for them to read about, but she will give them another view of Tudor England. Although she will show them an example of a woman in history doing whatever it took to survive. I strongly recommend that Tudor history lovers pick up this one. ~ Serena Stone, Serena Stone's LiveJournal

Anne of Cleves left her homeland in 1539 to marry the king of England. She was not brought up to be a queen, yet out of many possible choices she was the bride Henry VIII chose as his fourth wife. But, from their first meeting the king decided he liked her not and sought an immediate divorce. After just six months their marriage was annulled, leaving Anne one of the wealthiest women in England. This is the story of Anne's marriage to Henry, how the daughter of Cleves survived him and her life afterwards. I am an admitted Tudor freak and Anne of Cleeves has always fascinated me as she took her “rejection” by Henry VIII and parlayed it into a better life. Why a better life? Well, he didn’t behead her for one thing or shame and exile her back to Cleeves or to the nether regions of England like he did his first wife. Yes, he did call her “The Mare of Flanders”, but she could cry into her bags of money instead of going out, finding a lover who loved her for her and losing her head over it. (A fun rhyme I made up to remember the wives by Divorce, Behead, Dead (her). Divorce, Behead Dead (him). Henry also had a thing for his wives having the same names: Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Catherine, Catherine --- I remembered them in order with “Canadians are just all coffee crazy “. If you understood the Tim Horton’s obsession of my fellow countrymen, that is an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy mnemonic to remember!) That aside, this book is wonderfully written and researched and does not read like a history textbook like many biographies than the be. A solid five stars and a hearty recommendation that it be a book club pick as it speaks so much about surviving rejection and making a better life as a result…take the money and run!!! ~ Janet Cousineau, NetGalley

Anne of Cleves is often glossed over by historians eager to reach the more 'juicy' story of Katherine Howard. Sarah-Beth Watkins' book restores Anne to her rightful place as one of Henry VIII's most fascinating and charming queens. ~ Dr Josephine Wilkinson, author of Mary Boleyn, Katherine Howard and The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn

Praise for Sarah-Beth Watkins' recent book Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots: 'Combining careful research with an engaging narrative style, Sarah-Beth Watkins takes the reader on a journey through the hardships and triumphs of this elusive Tudor woman.' ~ Adrienne Dillard, author of Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Sarah-Beth Watkins
Sarah-Beth Watkins Sarah-Beth Watkins has been a freelance writer for over 20 years, writing for magazines and websites on a wide range of topics. She has writ...
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