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10 January 2020

Book Beginnings: Maid of the King's Court by Lucy Worsley

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to 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.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading Maid of the King's Court by Lucy Worsley.
Maid of the King's Court by Lucy Worsley Eliza Rose cover
I'd always known that my adult life would begin once I was twelve. And that this would mean marriage.
The lovely Jenn at Jenniely sent me a copy of this book from my wishlist and I am so freaking thankful. It was the only book I got for Christmas as my family never buys me books (I've got enough, they say!).

This book was originally issued as Eliza Rose, with a red and gold cover. But I think I prefer this one! I love stereotypical historical fiction covers - they make me feel comfortable and give me an image in my head going in. I don't usually like covers with a model on the front but I think this one works - the angles are subtle enough that there is still scope for plenty of imagination.

I love this opening line. Straight away it's shocking and it sets the tone of the story to come. I like how it immediately sets out the realities of life for women in the Tudor era.

I feel a little bit of resentment from Elizabeth, and I'm excited to see how this develops.
Only then, I think, did I truly being to believe it. A worm of disappointment uncurled inside me, a malign sensation reaching up from my stomach and down my arms to my fingers. I crushed them into fists to brace myself.
Even out of context, this passage packs a punch.

But to put it in to context it's in a scene where the death of Anne Boleyn is being discussed, and the wider implications of the event for everyone in court, particularly women and accusations of witchcraft.

I love the writing style, it is so easy to read. I love the political intrigue of court life, even when characters try to stay out of.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Oh wow that's definitely quite a powerful first line! You know it's not going to be an light-hearted read from that alone! x


  2. Wow. I had a lot less to worry about when I was twelve! I can't even imagine. I'd love for you and your reading to check out mine. . . .

  3. I love that cover! Great excerpt, too. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE VANISHING”

  4. Oh, that's a shocking opening line! It really gets your attention, doesn't it?

    Thanks for joining in on Book Beginnings!

  5. That excerpt really does pack a punch as you say! This sounds like it will be a good one. The cover is really pretty. I hope you continue to enjoy this one! Have a happy weekend!

  6. Love that cover!! Married at 12 though?! OMG!!!!! Happy weekend!

  7. Love the cover!! I'm currently reading an ARC of Reaper's Blood by Kel Carpenter and Meg Anne!

    Shirley |

  8. That opening line has me shivering. Every cell in my body is uncomfortable, which can only mean one thing: The writer did a good job grabbing my attention.

    (No offense, but you need a new family if they think you have enough books)

    x Envy
    Lost in Translation

  9. I don't tend to read historical fiction but this sounds interesting! I really do like the cover.

  10. I don’t usually read this genre of book but you have shared a great review! Thank you for sharing
    Lauren |

  11. Oooo! this book sound's interesting, will have to look into it. It's great you got it, even if your family say you have enough lol

    Jordanne //

  12. These days I'm into poems and prefer something light to read.

    Hey there. I've followed your here. #164

  13. Oh my gosh this makes me realise how much I miss historical Fiction! Especially the Tudors <3

  14. oh i love that quote, its really intriguing


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