This is the second book of the The Morland Dynasty and I loved it more than the first book of this huge family saga made of 35 books.
Nanette is anothe...moreThis is the second book of the The Morland Dynasty and I loved it more than the first book of this huge family saga made of 35 books.
Nanette is another strong character as Eleanor in The Founding. Through this unforgettable personage, we know all Anne Boleyn life's from another point of view; the birth of her child Elizabeth; and the Catherine Parr's life. A great overview of Henry VIII's reign is provided by the author in this magnificent book.
The sequel of this book and the third book of this series is The Princeling.
Page 52: When at last the weather softened and the roads became passable again, the King’s former almoner and present chief advisor, Thomas Wolsey, came north to be invested as the new Archbishop of York.
Page 69: In the autumn of 1515 Archbishop Wolsey, Chancellor of England, was made a cardinal.
Page 103: That summer was hot, and wet, and the Sweat – that dreaded disease brought to England by the mercenary soldiers of Henry VII and never since eradicated – struck London and spread outwards to the provinces.
Page 126: In the winter of the year 1521 England was once more at war with France – and this only a year after the enormously ostentatious meeting of friendship between Henry of England and Francis of France,…
Page 156: The arrangement had been suggested by Sir Thomas Boleyn, for he was preparing to return his daughter Anne to Court – she now having been forgiven for her misconduct in the Percy affair – and he thought Nanette would make a suitable companion for her.
Page 159: ‘Yes, the Cardinal, the most powerful man in England, that great swollen spider! Powerful he may be, but I have one thing he has not – I have blood in my veins!
Page 172: And my governess always used to say that Kings are like wild tigers – you must never let them see you are afraid of them.’
Page 175: Whichever way he turned, the King never took his eyes from Anne’s face, and she, laughing happily and tilting her lovely face back on her slender neck did not avoid his gaze. They danced as if they were the only two people in the room.
Page 196: In the spring of 1527, just after Nanette’s nineteenth birthday, the King arranged with the Cardinal to be called before an ecclesiastical court and tried on a charge of fornication with Queen Katherine on the grounds that she was his brother’s wife and therefore not his.
Page 221: Cardinal Wolsey, the great prince of the Catholic Church, was dead.
page 256: The difference had been made by one Master Thomas Cromwell, who had been secretary to Cardinal Wolsey who had changed to the King’s service just before the Cardinal’s death…
Page 257: The King should be the supreme head of the Church, and anyone who thereafter acknowledged allegiance to the Pope would therefore be guilty of treason, and could be dealt with by the law.
Page 298: ‘Because a girl-child cannot inherit the kingdom,’ Amyas said.
Page 343: ‘I have come, with the other members of the Privy Council, on the King’s warrant, to arrest you, Madam, for high treason,’ Norfolk said harshly.
Page 346: ‘You know that a person accused of treason cannot come into the King’s presence until cleared of the charge. You must come with us now to the Tower, where you will await your trial.’
Page 358: ‘He will let me go. He has no wish for my blood. A Queen of England has never been executed before. It would be too shocking. The people already complain in the streets that I am unjustly condemned. No, they will let me go.’
Page 359: I failed to give the King a son, that was my crime. He had his duty, and I mine.
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Despite other reviews I did enjoy this book. First, it's a classical gothic romance and certainly has influenced the books of this genre published aft...moreDespite other reviews I did enjoy this book. First, it's a classical gothic romance and certainly has influenced the books of this genre published after that. Second, each chapter begins with excellent and memorable quotations from Shakespeare, Milton and so on. The main character is more an Austen's type but it didn't bother into the plot, on the contrary.(less)
Josie Lawrence as Lottie Wilkins Miranda Richardson as Rose Arbuthnot Alfred Molina as Mellersh Wilkins Neville Phillips as Vicar Jim Broadbent as Frederick Arbuthnot Michael Kitchen as George Briggs Joan Plowright as Mrs. Fisher Polly Walker as Caroline Dester
The reading of this ebook at Internet Archive wasn't an easy task the first time I've read this book.
The BBC dramatization gave another great opportun...moreThe reading of this ebook at Internet Archive wasn't an easy task the first time I've read this book.
The BBC dramatization gave another great opportunity to enjoy this masterpiece written by Wilkie Collinns.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra: Dramatisation of the Wilkie Collins classic, one of the first mystery novels, first published in 1859.
1/4 A chance meeting with a strange woman dressed in white sparks a mystery. 2/4 Still thinking fondly of Walter Hartright, engaged Laura grows suspicious of her fiance. 3/4 Laura fails to discover Sir Percival's secret. Could it have fatal consequences? 4/4 Distraught Walter Hartright discovers the truth about his beloved Laura Fairlee.
Madame de Lafayette's classic tale of intrigue and love translated and freely dramatised by Jo Clifford. Set in the 16th Century, the play follows the...moreMadame de Lafayette's classic tale of intrigue and love translated and freely dramatised by Jo Clifford. Set in the 16th Century, the play follows the life of a beautiful young lady newly presented to Court. It's the reign of Henri II and Mary Queen of Scots is safely ensconced in France. It's a time of dangerous liaisons when one step out of line could ruin a woman and her family. Quickly married off, the naïve Princess finds herself admired and taunted by those around her. And, whilst they gossip cruelly, she becomes helplessly and dangerously caught up in matters of love. Playfully adapted, this radio dramatisation offsets the Princess's painful conflict between duty and love with characters who delight in the wickedness of their world. La Princesse............Melody Grove Her Mother...........Candida Benson Clèves.....................Liam Brennan Nemours....................Robin Laing Guise.......................Laurie Brown Marie Stuart................Meg Fraser Chorus 1........... Irene MacDougall Chorus 2................ ...Ralph Riach Chrous 3...............Crawford Logan Director: Kirsty Williams Producer David Jackson Young.
The story of Diana de Poitiers (mistress of Henry II) and her daughter, Diana de Castro. In this first volume, the battles of Saint-Quentin and the fi...moreThe story of Diana de Poitiers (mistress of Henry II) and her daughter, Diana de Castro. In this first volume, the battles of Saint-Quentin and the first battle of Calais are reported. Dumas as an unique way to write tremendous dialogues. Looking forward to read Volume II. It is curious how this book is not so well known.(less)
The unforgettable tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel wrote by this magnificent author. Many other authors tried to wrote the same story by just adding some...moreThe unforgettable tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel wrote by this magnificent author. Many other authors tried to wrote the same story by just adding some more romantic figures into the plot, without any sucess as the original story.