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Portrait of an Unknown Woman: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

More than a story....

I thorougly enjoyed this book...it took a few pages to get into it, but once past those few pages, I couldn't put the book down. I read a great deal of historical fiction from this time period and what I appreciated and enjoyed about this book is it was not about "Cour...
I thorougly enjoyed this book...it took a few pages to get into it, but once past those few pages, I couldn't put the book down. I read a great deal of historical fiction from this time period and what I appreciated and enjoyed about this book is it was not about "Court life" during Henry VIII's reign....but the effects that the intrigue of the Court life and the regligious upheaval within the Court had on everyone from the players of the Court itself down to the most poor - between Henry VIII's constant battle with the Pope and Martin Luther's Reformation, it was a pretty tumulteous time period and the book brought all those fears to life for us. In reading this book, I got a better understanding of the undercurrent felt by all during Reformation. No side is without blame regarding the horrific events that happened (don't forget, Bloody Mary was up after Henry). It was well written and although a few liberties were taken with a couple of events - since its a mystery regarding the one particular event - no harm, no foul and made the book an even better read (won't say what it is - you have to read it yourself!) Great book - great read..

posted by janalee1951 on August 30, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Another portrait of an interesting lady

I love the concept of an imagined biography of a lady in a portrait, though this one didn't create a new world in my mind as the "Girl in the Pearl Earring" did. I am a historian, though only marginally of this period of English history, and I didn't find this as offen...
I love the concept of an imagined biography of a lady in a portrait, though this one didn't create a new world in my mind as the "Girl in the Pearl Earring" did. I am a historian, though only marginally of this period of English history, and I didn't find this as offensively anachronistic as many novels set in this period of fine costumes. I liked the portrait of Holbein very much. Not a great book, but a good read. But we needed to have copies of the key pictures provided!

posted by 325063 on March 30, 2009

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    started out slow....but drew me in

    my daughter gave this to me for my birthday. at first it as very slow. i didn't want to offend her so i plodded along. after awhile it really drew me in and became very interesting. it even enticed me to hunt down the holbein's at the national gallery of art recently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Very enjoyable.

    This was a very enjoyable read. The writing was fluid and the story held my attention. While the story line/plot of one of the main characters is a bit far fetched in terms of historical accuracy, the descriptions of homes, cities, life, and events in 16th century England allow a history lover like myself to easily enjoy this book. The author is also careful to write in a side note what is actually true, and what is fiction in the story. A nice read for a European history lover! A perfect historical fiction read!

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