Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait is the fourth book in the “Six Tudor Queens”series written by Alison Weir. In this book, Henry VIII is older with medical issues and he has just suffered the loss of his wife, Jane Seymour. He now has to marry again and he chooses Anna, only after he sees a portrait of her. She arrives in England, is married to the king but Henry has the marriage annulled and she is allowed to live out her life in a comfortable fashion. Obviously, she is the “lucky” queen when it comes to Henry VIII. I have enjoyed reading Alison Weir’s stories in the past. She always presents a beautiful picture of a historical figure based on research. I really didn’t know that much about Anna of Kleve and found the book to be very interesting. The only reason I gave it three stars is because I thought the story dragged a bit and kept the same problems in Anna’s life popping up (redundantly) throughout the story. Still, I do recommend this book as well as any other written by Alison Weir. She is a phenomenal writer and her extensive research makes her books excellent reading!

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