Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

byVanora Bennett

Kobo ebook | September 4, 2008

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Perfect for fans of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, this is a remarkable love story with a background of religious and political turmoil in Tudor England. The year is 1527. Hans Holbein makes his first visit to England, sent by the great Erasmus to paint Thomas More, courtier, scholar, patron, and his family. More's splendid house on the river in Chelsea is at the centre of Tudor society, frequented by distinguished astronomers, artists, politicians and men of religion, as well as wards of court, protégés and many others. Two visitors to the great house find themselves irresistibly drawn to Meg Giggs, one of More's foster daughters. John Clement – dark, tall, elegant – studying to be a doctor, is a man of compelling presence and mysterious background. The other man is Holbein himself – warm, ebullient, radical and a painter of great renown. Meg finds herself powerfully drawn to these two wildly contrasting men. She will love one, and marry the other. A wonderful, rich novel, presenting the atmosphere of this Tudor household as rarely achieved, with an astounding ability to present to us the world of Holbein's paintings as well as a gallery of vividly realised characters.

Title:Portrait of an Unknown WomanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 4, 2008Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007279566

ISBN - 13:9780007279562

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and enjoyable This story is told from the perspective of Thomas More's adopted daughter, Meg. The story is told from the point of view of everyday life, not the court, and tells of the people's side of events. The events center on Meg's upbringing, her relationship with her sisters, Thomas More's change & his treatment of heretics. The story follows Meg from about age 9 to late 20s or so. Events that affected her family, her thoughts and the ideas circulating through the town. I enjoyed the look at painting and the symbols used to tell "truths" through a painting. All in all, an enjoyable, interesting historical fiction story.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Portrait of an Unknown Woman When I read the book, the expression 'You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear' repeatedly came to my thoughts. This book is basically a Harlequin romance set in the time of Sir Thomas More and Tudor England. It is the story of Thomas More's ward, Meg Giggs - her education, her interest in medicine, her relationship with her husband (is he who he seems?). The book is set during a time of religious and political upheaval. Twice, the painter Hans Holbein the Younger stays in the More home and paints a portrait of the family. The descriptions of the paintings and the clever descriptions of the hidden meanings in the paintings kept me interested and kept me reading. I even looked up the two More family paintings on-line and referred to them as I read. The rest of the book? The boy meets girl, the unrequited love, the eventual marriage, the second love interest, the happy(ish) ending? Maybe not so much.
Date published: 2017-06-25