Join the Conversation

Join the Conversation

Sign up today to hear about books and authors from an independent bookstore near you.

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

Portrait of an Unknown Woman Cover

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

By Vanora Bennett

HarperTorch, Paperback, 9780061252563, 449pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

Description

In the year 1527, the great portraitist Hans Holbein, fleeing the Protestant Reformation, comes to England under commission to Sir Thomas More. Over the course of the next six years, Holbein paints two nearly identical portraits of the More family, his dear and loyal friends. But closer examination of the second painting reveals several mysteries. . . .

Set against the turmoil and tragedy of Henry VIII's court, Portrait of an Unknown Woman vividly evokes sixteenth-century England on the verge of enormous change as viewed through the eyes of Meg Giggs, More's intelligent, tenderhearted, headstrong adopted daughter, who stands at the center of this sweeping, extraordinary epic. It is a tale of sin and religion, desire and deception the story of a young woman on the brink of sensual awakening and a country on the edge of mayhem.