Portrait of an Unknown Woman, Paperback Book

Portrait of an Unknown Woman Paperback

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Perfect for fans of `Girl with a Pearl Earring', this is a remarkable love story with a background of religious and political turmoil in Tudor England.The year is 1527.

Hans Holbein makes his first visit to England, sent by the great Erasmus to paint Thomas More, courtier, scholar, patron, and his family.

More's splendid house on the river in Chelsea is at the centre of Tudor society, frequented by distinguished astronomers, artists, politicians and men of religion, as well as wards of court, proteges and many others.Two visitors to the great house find themselves irresistibly drawn to Meg Giggs, one of More's foster daughters.

John Clement - dark, tall, elegant - studying to be a doctor, is a man of compelling presence and mysterious background.

The other man is Holbein himself - warm, ebullient, radical and a painter of great renown.

Meg finds herself powerfully drawn to these two wildly contrasting men.

She will love one, and marry the other.A wonderful, rich novel, presenting the atmosphere of this Tudor household as rarely achieved, with an astounding ability to present to us the world of Holbein's paintings as well as a gallery of vividly realised characters.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Historical romance
  • ISBN: 9780007224937

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a great historical read,this book takes you into the home of St Thomas Moore, and covers the time period of the several Holbein paintings of him and his family (a mystery in themselves). Thus it takes place in Tudor England and the main character is Meg Gibbs, one of the great man's foster daughters. Enjoy

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I really enjoyed this book. Well researched and written, it is the story of Meg Gibbs, a ward of Sir Thomas More's during the turbulent times of 15th Century England. Royalty, religion, art, secrets and romance all combine in a great story, while at the same time presenting a wonderful easy to read lesson in history. I especially liked how Vanora Bennets described the creation and intricasies of Hans Holbeins works of art and found myself researching his paintings to better understand what the author was saying. I would definitely recommend this book and intend to look for other books written by Vanora Bennet

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My first time reading this author, and I loved it! If the ending hadn't felt a bit rushed, this probably would have received a perfect score. I will definitely look for more by this author -my new favorite historical!

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