2 Novels by Vanora Bennett
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Overview: Vanora Bennett is the author of The People’s Queen, Portrait of an Unknown Woman, Figures in Silk and Blood Royal. She is also an award-winning foreign correspondent and has written extensively about Russia and the war in Chechnya.
Portrait of an Unknown Woman (2006)
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.
Figures in Silk (2008) aka Queen of Silks
In 1471, merchant John Lambert marries off his two beautiful daughters. The elder, Jane Shore, soon begins a notorious liaison with King Edward IV. The other sister, industrious and clever Isabel, is wed to the scion of a wealthy silk dynasty—and faces a monumental challenge when her husband is killed. Forced into apprenticeship to her mother-in-law, Alice Claver, Isabel learns to love the exotic fabrics from Italy, Persia, Spain, Tunisia, and beyond, discovering both loyal friends and dangerous enemies in this breathtaking new world. But Isabel’s most powerful alliance will be with sister Jane’s royal lover. And when the political landscape shifts perilously, one sister will fall while the other rises—as dire choices are made that will change their lives forever.
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