13 Jul 2018

Book Beginnings and the Friday 56 #21


Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56 are weekly memes hosted by Rose City Reader and Freda's Voice.

Rules: 

Book Beginnings: Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. 

The Friday 56: Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% in you eReader. Find any sentence (not spoilery) and reflect on it if you want.


This week the spotlight is on:

 (Tudor Saga #1)
 by Jean Plaidy


Synopsis:

In the aftermath of the bloody Wars of the Roses, Henry Tudor has seized the English crown, finally uniting the warring Houses of York and Lancaster through his marriage to Elizabeth of York. But whilst Henry VII rules wisely and justly, he is haunted by Elizabeth's missing brothers; the infamous two Princes, their fate in the Tower forever a shrouded secret. Then tragedy strikes at the heart of Henry's family, and it is against his own son that the widowed king must fight for a bride and his throne...



 Book Beginning:

 There was great consternation in the Palace of Winchester on that misty September day in the year 1486, for the Queen – who was not due to give birth to her child for another month – had started her pains.

Premature children more often died than not in those times, the Queen and everyone around must have been pretty worried during this birth.


 The Friday 56:

Elizabeth felt reckless now, which was rare with her. But she believed Henry Tudor was no fighter and there were many in the country who resented him; they had accepted him because they wanted an end to the war, but no one could say that his claim to the throne was very strong.



Let me know what you're reading on this fine Friday.

Happy Reading!

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