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  1. Wonderful Heather Darsie has changed History with this book.

    Well done for all your hard work and research I’m looking forward to seeing my book – I have ordered it from Amazon

  2. Our Family holds that she had twins girls hidden from the Kings Attorney’s when they came to investigate the alleged Birth of a Son William to Anne Sept 10, 1541. The Girls were given to long time Windsor Castle Stewards Margaret Artbroke Chalfant and her husband William Chalfant ca 1485-1542. The money left to the family by Anne of Cleaves secured the purchase of 220 acres of land from William Penn when both emigrated to the USA. My Chalfant ancestors brought the Queens J2a Central SPAIN mt. DNA to America in the 6 chalfants marriages prior to Collins, Cookston to Rice my family and all my sisters and mother and her sisters Carry this important marker from the sister of the Holy roman Emperor Ferdinand II…..who’s sister married the Duke of Cleaves. Although not yet a scientific fact I wonder if the Author had come across this family CHALFANT of Windsor in her research? D. Chrles Rice 1948 of the Nebraska Rice’s 10th great grandson of Anne of cleaves if True.

    • Banditqueen

      Although there was a rumour during the Spring and Summer of 1541 that Anne of Cleves was having a child by Henry Viii who visited her on several occasions and Kathryn Howard thought he may leave her, there is no contemporary evidence to substantiate any claims that Anna had any children. Henry Viii was aware of the rumours and put a stop to them.

      Family history is always interesting but I am afraid this is only a myth.

  3. RTL

    This book is brilliant, there is evidence of a lot of research, the new evidence on the account by Thomas Cromwell and the political events and how they impacted on the outcome of the marriage. However, the book lacks proper notes and references, which is very disappointing as I usually research further. It may be obvious where letters are cited in the text but in some cases the sources are not even cited in the text. This is unacceptable in academic circles and makes it difficult to follow up on the original sources. Yes, there is a good bibliography, but not every exact reference is listed. For one example, pages 258 and 259, the author refers to reports on the situation at Court between Mary and Elizabeth and attendance at Mass but makes no mention of who the report is by. Therefore I can’t refer on to read the text myself. I appreciate that much work has been done on this book, the research is clear but if you research, I am sorry but proper references are essential in the text and the notes. I have read excellent articles by Heather in the Tudor Society so I do understand how much work has gone into this work. However, a lack of proper reference notes and citations detracts from it and doesn’t allow for further research by us historians.

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