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Re: Hans Holbein & King Henry VIII <

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Alix E. Peshette (apeshet)
Sun, 05 Dec 1999 08:27:42 -0800

Hi Francis,
As I remember the story, Hans Holbein became smitten with Anne
of Cleves as he was painting her. The portrait says more about his
feelings for her than any political motives. Henry VIII was furious
when he finally met the lady and nick-named her the "Cow of
Flanders." Needless to say, the marriage didn't go well and he
ended up divorcing her and making her something similar to his
sister in rank. She was kept in a separate palace; a sad and
lonely women. All of this is much better than being beheaded! I
suppose, because she was a foreign princess, he couldn't get
away with executing her.

Sorry I can't remember where I read this, it was too long ago.

Alix Peshette
Emerson Junior High School
Davis, CA

Date sent: Sun, 05 Dec 1999 06:48:15 -0600
From: FRANCIS REDFERN <nredfern>
Subject: Hans Holbein & King Henry VIII
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet>
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> My middle school students were intriqued by the story of King Henry VIII
> and his six wives. We focused on his court painter Hans Holbein the
> Younger and talked about the possible difficult position he was in when
> sent to paint a portrait of one of King's future wives. Does he please
> the King and make it very realistic (so the King can decide if he wants
> to marry her) and does he try to flatter the woman (4th wife, I think -
> I forget her name). Sure wish we could know how Holbein felt about his
> position as couirt painter AND how he felt about King Henry and ALL his
> marriages. Anyone know of a good source for more biographical info on
> Hans Holbein?
> Nora
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