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Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett
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Jan 19, 09

Read in January, 2009

This is a very well written historical novel based on the life of Thomas More as seen through the eyes of his "daughter" Meg.
It takes place in 1557 during the English Renaissance under a young King Henry VIII. The young German painter Hans Holbein, who has come to London to seek his fortune, is delighted when he gets a commission to paint the family of Thomas More, one of England’s leading statesman and men of learning.

The story played out against a backdrop of worsening religious intolerance in England and across Europe. More, a devout Catholic, abandons his old friendships with the humanists who have brought the Renaissance to England, and – to Meg’s growing horror – devote himself to hunting down Protestant heretics.

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