The King’s Painter by bestselling historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece to the captivating fourth novel in the Six Tudor Queens series, Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets.
‘There are certain matters that are better handled by ladies than by ministers or ambassadors’
King Henry VIII is set to marry a woman he’s never met. Wary of rumours whispered by foreign envoys, he sends Susanna Gilman, royal painter and trusted friend, to Kleve to find out more about his chosen bride.
Before long, Susanna is returning to England with the Princess Anna, assuring the King she is a suitable match. But the King is disappointed – Anna is not as beautiful as her portrait.
Susanna is called upon once again to use her position as confidante to the new Queen to find out more about her past, and free the King from his marriage. But will she be able to put her blossoming friendship with Anna to one side to fulfil her duty to the King?
Featuring the first chapter of Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets.
SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS.
I really enjoyed this story!
Any one who follows my blog will know that I do love my history books, both nonfiction and fiction and I also love an Alison Weir book and the Tudor period too so this was always going to be one I enjoyed – I hoped!
I had downloaded all the novellas that accompanied the Six Tudor Queen series but hadn’t finished reading them all, this was my last to read as I had spread them out. I read this in one sitting last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The characters in the book were well developed and I loved the interaction. It was an easy book to follow and there was a lot that actually covered Anne of Cleves and Henry VIII which I enjoyed. I liked the plot and thought that it all worked really well together, this is probably my favourite of the short stories that go with the main series.
It is 5 stars from me for this one, a nice and quick read and thoroughly enjoyable!