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T their married life A reference to Anna of Cleves Henry VIII’s fourth wife unkindly called ‘The Flanders Mare’ captures Flora’s attention and later her affection as she sets about her own research in the hope of elevating Anna’s place in historyMeanwhile in the Louvre Holbein’s portrait of Anna senses the tug of a connection and she begins When I started this book I found it a little hard to get into part one was about a marriage with an overbearing husband and a bored wifeI kept on reading hoping that there would be too it than that and I am pleased to say that my patience was rewarded Part two was also about an overbearing husband and a bored and much maligned wife Henry VIII and Anna Of Cleves The author brings Anna to life in a uniue way makes her point of view so powerfully that I felt that I actually knew Anna and had a greater understanding of what it was to be a pawn in the political marriage game during Tudor times So much depended upon the way that Anna behaved when Henry decided she was not to his liking She could have ended up as her predecessor had without her head Due to her tact in handling the situation she managed to salvage her life and maintain uite a high standard with several households beautiful gowns parties etc Most importantly she stayed on the right side of Henry and became friends with both of his then illegitimate daughters both of whom remembered her kindness when they became two of the most powerful women in historyA good read and a really uniue way of letting her characters tell their own tale which I will not spoil for those of you who are hoping to read the book

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Amenable Women

To tell the real story of how she survived her disastrous Tudor marriageThis novel about two intelligent accomplished women who lived in the shadow of the men they married interweaves a fascinating and little known part of history with a broader contemporary tale of love marriage self preservation and motherhood with all their pains pleasures and humour This is a fascinating story of a new widow Flora Chapman who attempts to retake control and direction of her life and her destiny from out of the shadows of her husband s eccentricity that masked years of neglect and emotional abuse She does this by re exploring Anna of Cleaves the supposedly ugly and stupid wife of Henry VIII Anna of Cleaves is beautiful smart and savvy enough to pretend to be dumb She submits flatters without flattery and thus wins Henry Mary and Elizabeth s affections for her sensibility She is a survivor in the vicious immoral and dangerous Tudor Court The contrast between the women and their similarities are beautifully explored We have the historical investigations cleverly narrated via flashbacks and conversations between the portraits of the famous Tudors which adds a bit of whimsy to the storytelling I loved it A really good read As my first foray into the work of Cheek I must admit that I am hooked and will be definitely reading of her work

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A book about a Tudor ueen and a contemporary heroine linked through their affinity over 500 years Flora Chapman is in her fifties when her dashing and infuriating husband Edward dies in a bizarre ballooning accident Ever pragmatic Flora seizes upon her new freedom and decides to finish Edward’s history of Hurcott Ducis the village where they’ve spen A lovely read full of historical content about Anne of Cleves The entwining of the lives of Anne and flora was done so subtly


10 thoughts on “Amenable Women

  1. says:

    This is an interesting two tier novel – firstly about a newly widowed woman living in modern times and secondly about Anne of Cleves briefly Henry VIII’s fourth wifeThe modern day widow – Flora Chapman has much to come to terms with We hear about her relationships with her dead husband her daughter and wit

  2. says:

    A lovely read full of historical content about Anne of Cleves The entwining of the lives of Anne and flora was done so subtly

  3. says:

    I absolutely loved this book; I too am a plain woman so I really loved and understood Flora; I'm also very interested in the story of King Henry viii and Anna of Cleves in particular I loved how the story was told both from Flora's point of view and Anna'show the portraits of King Henry's wives and daughters were able to communicate with each otherreally a brilliant way to tell a story Hard to believe only a

  4. says:

    35 stars

  5. says:

    When I started this book I found it a little hard to get into part one was about a marriage with an overbearing husband and

  6. says:

    Some slight spoilersI really loved this book as both a history student who loves this time period in particular and a lover of historical fictionMuch like Flora I have always thought that Anna of Cleves was the most interesting of all I actually wouldn't have picked up this book if I hadn't seen the famous painting of her on the cover Again just like Flora I think it's so dumb that she's gone down in history as The Ugl

  7. says:

    This is a fascinating story of a new widow Flora Chapman who attempts to retake control and direction of her life and her destiny fro

  8. says:

    Cheek sends up English country life She mercilessly examines middle age and its ramifications She describes relationships that shou

  9. says:

    Another book read whilst getting a baby to sleep I really enjoyed this book the juxtaposition of contemporary Flora and Anna of Cleve

  10. says:

    I am fond of Anna of Cleves and I particularly enjoyed the conceit of having her portrait and those of other royal women able to hear and discuss the comments made about them by gallery goers Interesting too to see the very different stories authors can produce about historical figures given identical sets of facts to work withcompare and contrast this version of Anna with that given by Philippa Gregory