Alison Weir on Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets
Top-Selling Historian Alison Weir will Discuss and Sign her Novel, Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets
- Wed May 01, 2019 - 19:30
- Fortescue Hall, Letchworth (SG6 3TP)
Was Anna of Kleve an innocent, sheltered princess who had no idea that her unconsummated marriage to Henry VIII was failing? Or was she clever at dissembling? The King’s own, oft-repeated testimony may well reveal the truth.
Was there some scandal locked away in Anna’s past? Looking at Anna primarily as a princess of Kleve offers a new perspective. It’s a myth that Anna was a Lutheran – so how did this most Catholic of brides come to be associated with the Protestant cause? Anna is often said to be the luckiest of Henry’s queens, the one that got away and did very well out of it – but is that true? Henry VIII, the man who repudiated Anna, became her greatest friend. What was the truth behind the rumours that Anna bore, not just one, but two bastard children after her divorce? Why did those spreading the gossip refuse to reveal their sources? After Henry’s death, Anna’s life was overshadowed by penury and strife, and she came into the orbit of a very dangerous man. Anna was even implicated in Wyatt’s rebellion, the worst crisis of Mary I’s reign – and came close to being imprisoned in the Tower. Into this turbulent tale, Alison Weir has woven a poignant love story.
Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth-bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold nearly 3 million books worldwide. Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets is Alison Weir’s ninth published novel and the fourth in the Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of Henry VIII, which was launched in 2016 to great critical acclaim. The first three books in the series - Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession and Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen were all Sunday Times top ten bestsellers. Alison is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.