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|ElizabethRegina||In Defense of Anne of Cleves (page: 1 2)||24||Jul 22 2011, 10:28 PM EDT by MsSquirrly|
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Anne of Cleves got the last laugh, didn't she? She survived a marriage to Henry VIII, stayed involved in the lives of her stepchildren (she rode next to Princess Elizabeth at Mary I's coronation, and was a guest of honor at many family events) and received an annual income from the king, living in splendor in England. This "ugly duckling" also had a panache for commissioning fancy dresses!
Yet, all that anyone ever learns about her pertains to her appearance! The "Flander's Mare" comment probably came after her time, and was not contemporary, though it is true that Henry was less than pleased with her.
Anne was not an "English Beauty", but then again, many of England's own women did not naturally look like the English ideal of beauty, so they strived to achieve it through cosmetic means, etc. Many of Englands most beautiful would not have been appealing in Germany, and so on...
I have a portrait Replica of Anne hanging in the stairwell of my house: It reminds me that luck, modesty and brains have a lot more to do with success than beauty and other peoples opinions of you!
Here's to Anne of Cleves, the "Flander's Mare" having the last laugh!
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