The Difficulty of writing Historical Fiction

Currently I am writing a historical fiction novel about Anne of Cleves the 4th wife of King Henry VIII in 1539 in England. Anne managed to escape getting her head cut off and in return for their annulment King Henry awarded her 3,000 ducats a month and Richmond castle and several other castles an manorsContinue reading “The Difficulty of writing Historical Fiction”

King Henry VIII

Anne of Cleves was Henry’s 4th wife from Germany who could speak little English. After trying to sneak into her room Anne realized that he was not the handsome man she had heard but rather a fat obese man who was unable to hold an erection. Some say he had a disease and others sayContinue reading “King Henry VIII”

Hever Castle

King Henry VIII gave Hever Castle along with other castles to Anne of Cleves after their marriage annulment. Hever Castle was smaller and more manageable than Richmond castle and was a favorite home of Anne of Cleves, “beloved Sister of the King.” All these stories are included in my upcoming novel, “The Personal Diary ofContinue reading “Hever Castle”

From the Personal Diary of Anne of CLeves, 4th wife of King Henry VIII, July 1540

Letters of Anne of Cleves   Letter of Anne of Cleves to her husband, King Henry VIII
11 July 1540 Background
The following letter was Anne of Cleves’s very diplomatic response to Henry VIII’s request for an annulment of their brief marriage. Though her brother pressed her to return home to the duchy of Cleves, Anne wasContinue reading “From the Personal Diary of Anne of CLeves, 4th wife of King Henry VIII, July 1540”

dirty fat king henry VIII 1500’s

History records that when King Henry VIII met his wife to be Princess Anne of Cleve’s from Germany he said she was plain and ugly. From Anne of Cleaves viewpoint she had never seen a photo or painting of Henry before. She was told he was tall ,red headed, and handsome. That was twenty yearsContinue reading “dirty fat king henry VIII 1500’s”