Title: Anne of Cleves: Henry’s Luckiest Wife
Author: D. Lawrence-Young
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 292 pages
Release Date: July 2013
Imprint: Celestial Press – GMTA Publishing
It is winter 1539. King Henry VIII is galloping through the night to Rochester to meet a young woman. Just arrived in England from Germany, Anne of Cleves is destined to become his fourth wife. He has never met her before. He has only seen her portrait – the portrait of a sweet, demure and innocent young woman. The impatient and lovesick king must see her before their marriage. But this rushed and unplanned rendezvous will shock them and the country both. It will also lead to some completely unexpected and fatal results.
“Anne of Cleves – Henry’s Luckiest Wife” is a well-written, great read! The author, David Lawrence-Young does a fantastic job in telling the tale of Anne of Cleves – one of the notorious King Henry’s many wives.
Set in the early 1500s, the author provides great foreshadowing of things to come in the innocent Anne of Cleves’ life with King Henry. Tension builds as one learns of King Henry’s personality and his ultimate reactions when he becomes displeased. The King sets aside his first wife – abandons her really. His 2nd wife is beheaded and his third wife died after childbirth. In fact, even though his 3rd wife lay dying, King Henry made no attempt to see, nor comfort her. Knowing this, how will life be for the young Anne of Cleves?? She may become queen, – but for how long, and will she survive? Furthermore, if the King is displeased with Anne – then what does life hold for the man who arranged the marriage – Chancellor Thomas Cromwell?
Author David Lawrence-Young has done a fabulous job in his narration of the time, the place, and the misadventures of King Henry the 8th, and his time with “Anne of Cleves:- Henry’s Luckiest Wife”.
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D. Lawrence-Young takes the often pompous and frequently silly “Shakespeare Authorship Controversy” and turns it into a fast-paced page-turning detective story. All the nooks and crannies of rival candidates and claims are traversed in interesting locations and often funny encounters. The SAC has got under the Shakespeare-loving and teaching David Young’s skin and he has turned this irritant into a pleasure to read and from which there is much to learn.
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I loved the Tudors, so you can just imagine how much I looked forward reading all about Anne of Cleves, Henry’s luckiest wife.
This novel was well written and I felt as if David took me back to that time. He’s dialogue, description, and everything is above expectations. I really enjoyed this novel. He must have done a thorough researched and that I must praise him for.
His characters were well developed and I do believe that was how the mad King was. This was by far one of the best novels I’ve read this year, and I do recommend it for everyone that loves Historical fiction. It’s not my favorite genre, but because this was about King Henry, and reminded me so much of The Tudors, I grabbed it with both hands.
You’ve done an exceptional job with this one, and I can’t wait for David’s next installment and his on take with one of Henry’s other wives.
I wish you all the luck with Anne Of Cleves: Henry’s Luckiest wife.
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