Friday, May 3, 2013

Review: The Lucky Lady Anne of Cleves - Henry's Fouth Wife

I recommend this book to anyone who has a yearning to learn more about the Tudor Dynasty, and this extraordinary woman who, through no fault of her own, took the role and circumstances in which she found herself cast in and made the most of her life.

The Olde English in messages throughout the book were most likely excerpts from actual historical documents combined with the more modern simplistic conversational dialogue throughout the work made it easier to read, understand, process, and enjoy the story.

Sometimes you can get so wrapped up in the language in pieces from this time period and deciphering the meaning of dialogue can be frustrating and discouraging in written works - Shakespeare for instance if you are reading it vs. seeing the plays performed – that you give up or put the piece of work down.

’m fairly new to learning about the Tudor dynasty history. Apart from watching a few movies over the past few several years, a book or 2, and watching the TV series, “The Tudors”, my knowledge is limited other than the basics that practically everyone knows about Henry XIII, his wives, how he “disposed” of them, the religious struggles, his children and basics of the Tudor dynasty.

The book portrays the growth of Anne as a simple and naive, yet intelligent young lady, who due to circumstances beyond her control, took the conditions in which she found herself in and with grace, humility and dignity – strived in the uncertain times and situation.
Even though she lived a short time and was The Queen of England for what seems like a split-second, compared to the fates of Henry VIII’s other wives, I would conclude that Lady Anne of Cleves, was indeed, the luckiest of them all.
The Lucky Lady Anne of Cleves - Henry's Fouth Wife

David Lawrence-Young
GMTA (Great Minds Think Aloud) Publishers
Published April 2013

This book was provided to reviewer from the author directly after a request for another book
NetGalley for the sole purpose of reading and review.