Lord henry goade, who had, as we shall see, some pera sonal acquaintance with Sir Oliver Tressilian, tells us quite bluntly that he was ill-favoured. But then his lordship is addicted to harsh judgments and his perceptions are not always normal. He says, for instance, of Anne of Cleves, that she was the ugliest woman that ever I saw. As far as we can glean from his own voluminous writings it would seem to be extremely doubtful whether he ever saw Anne of Cleves at all, and we suspect him here of being no more than a slavish echo of the common voice, which at tributed Cromwell's downfall to the ugliness of this bride he procured for his Bluebeard master. To the common voice I prefer the document from the brush of Holbein, which permits us to form our own opinions and shows us a lady who is certainly very far from deserving his lord ship's harsh stricture. Similarly, I like to believe that Lord Henry was wrong in his pronouncement upon Sir Oliver, and I am encouraged in this belief by the pen-portrait which he himself appends to it. He was, he says, a tall, powerful fellow of a good shape, if we except that his arms were too long and that his feet and hands were of an uncomely bigness. In face he was swarthy, with black hair and a black forked beard; his nose was big and very high in the bridge, and his eyes sunk deep under beet ling eyebrows were very pale-coloured and very cruel and sinister. He had - and this I have ever remarked to be the sign of great virility in a man - a big, deep, rough voice, better suited to, and no doubt oftener employed in, quarter deck oaths and foulnesses than the worship of his Maker.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Rafael Sabatini
Published Date - August 24 2019
ISBN - 9780331658545
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
Page Count - 392