Heather Darsie’s (’11) new book “Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s ‘Beloved Sister’,” will be released on on April 15th.
The book is about Henry VIII of England’s German fourth wife and looks at Anna from a new perspective, as a woman from the Holy Roman Empire and not as a woman living almost by accident in England. Starting with what Anna’s life as a child and young woman was like, Heather describes the climate of the Cleves court, and the achievements of Anna’s siblings. It looks at the political issues on the Continent that transformed Anna’s native land of Cleves – notably the court of Anna’s brother-in-law, and its influence on Lutheranism – and Anna’s blighted marriage. Finally, Heather explores ways in which Anna influenced her step-daughters Elizabeth and Mary, and the evidence of their good relationships with her.
One lucky silent auction winner will receive a signed book at the upcoming PILS Auction on April 5 and get the book ten days before anyone else in the world!