Amenable Women Paperback
by Mavis Cheek
Flora Chapman is in her fifties when her husband dies in a bizarre ballooning accident.
Seizing upon her new found freedom, she decides to finish the history of their village that Edward had begun.
A reference to Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's fourth wife who he rejected for being ugly, captures her imagination as she begins to delve deeper into the life of this neglected figure.
Meanwhile, in the Louvre, Holbein's portrait of Anne of Cleves senses the tug of a connection and she begins to tell the story of the injustices she suffered and just how she survived her marriage...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 02/04/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571238965
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Review by bhowell
Charming and witty, this story of midde aged Flora who has lost her dashing but insufferable husband becomes interested in the history of Anna of Cleeves and fascinated by the Hans Holbein protrait of Anna that hangs in the Louvre. In researching Anna's story and liberating her from the "Flanders mare" label, Flora explores her own emergence as an intelligent and strong woman with some hilarious interactions with her neighbours and family.