Portrait of an Unknown Woman

  • by Vanora Bennett
  • Narrated by Lucy Scott
  • 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1527 and Hans Holbein is welcomed as a guest at the splendid Chelsea home of Sir Thomas More to paint the family portrait. Unknown to them, it is the dawn of a tumultuous time in English history, affecting the family as well as Tudor society. Meg Griggs, a foster daughter of More, attracts the attention of two people, one of them being Holbein. She marries one - but loves the other.


What the Critics Say

"Bennett constructs lush backdrops and costumes, and has impeccable historical sense. She luminously shades in an ambiguous period with lavish strokes of humanity, unbridled passion and mystery." (Publishers Weekly)


Title Not For Sale In This Country

Audible does not currently have the rights to sell this title in your country.

Please consider another book.

Continue Browsing

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fascinating and complex

A fictionalized account of the family life of Sir Thomas More, particularly centered on his foster daughter Meg Giggs, during the turbulent and dangerous years when Sir Thomas defied King Henry VIII over The Divorce. The dynamics of this fascinating family are captured by two family portraits, done a few years apart, by Hans Holbein, and his viewpoint as a discerning outsider and observer is central to the novel. (By the way, if your image of Sir Thomas More was formed by "A Man For All Seasons", then be prepared for a shock. No kindly, wise humanist here, but a self-flagellating zealot with a penchant for burnings.) Meg is an interesting, well-drawn character. I thoroughly believed her growing anger, resentment and confusion as she begins, with the help of Holbein and her own superlative humanist education, to view with clarity the events swirling around her and her family. Without giving away the ending, I was less convinced by the decision she ultimately makes about her marriage to her duplicitous husband, John. Just a tip - it is very helpful in understanding the novel's lengthy descriptions of Holbein's portraits of the More family, and how and why Holbein structured them a certain way, if the reader finds images of the family portraits on the internet. They are easy to find if one googles More family Holbein. The reader does a lovely job - clear, pleasant and emotive.
Read full review

- Patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2007
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd