Hidden identities, rising political and religious tension, sensual awakening, and artistic vision combine in this lush, absorbing debut novel of Tudor England reminiscent of the works of Phillipa Gregory, Sarah Dunant, and Tracy Chevalier
1527. A dark curtain has fallen across Europe. Martin Luther's break with the Vatican has led to civil war and artistic censorship, forcing the renowned portraitist Hans Holbein the Younger to flee to the safety of Tudor England. Under the patronage of one of Henry VIII's most trusted and brilliant advisors, Sir Thomas More, Holbein painted two portraits of the More family over the course of five years. Though nearly identical, the second is different. Why? And what do these subtle differences mean?
In this sweeping epic, Vanora Bennett uses these two pictures to weave a wondrously imagined tale of Tudor England, witnessed through the eyes of Meg, More's intelligent and headstrong young ward. Set against the turmoil, intrigue, and tragedy of Henry VIII's court, Portrait of an Unknown Woman is the story of a woman torn between two remarkable yet radically differen men--one she will love, the other she will marry. It also the story of a country torn apart by fantasicm, corruption, and the desires of a headstrong king. Rich with colorful detail, full of vibrant characters drawn from the pages of history, this magnificent novel hails the arrival of a visionary new writer and is sure to become one of the most talked about books of the year.
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- ISBN-13: 9780061252563
- ISBN-10: 0061252565
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: April 2008
- Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.34 x 1.14 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.84 pounds
- Page Count: 464