Portrait of An Unknown WomanBook - 2007
An epic tale set against a backdrop of civil-war-torn sixteenth-century Europe, portraitist Hans Holbein the Younger flees to the safety of Tudor England in order to escape artistic censorship, a refuge from where he paints two nearly identical portraits of Sir Thomas More's family that reflect subtle but significant differences. (Historical Fiction)
The heart has secrets, but the canvas betrays desire The year is 1527. The great portraitist Hans Holbein, who has fled the Reformation in Europe, is making his first trip to England under commission to Sir Thomas More. In the course of six years, Holbein will become a close friend to the More family and paint two nearly identical family portraits. But closer examination of the paintings reveals that the second holds several mysteries. . . .
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Meg Giggs is adopted daughter of Sir Thomas More. She is well treated but not given the love his natural children are. She develops friendship with tutor John Clement. He goes away to study and when he returns Meg is 23 and they profess their love for each other. Clement tells her More has refused her hand in marriage more than once. Meg has misgivings about More's actions against heretics. This is the time of M. Luther reformation in mainland Europe, also the time Henry 8 is wanting to divorce first wife and marry Anne Boleyn.
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