Teaser Tuesday: The Wars of the Roses

Like those guys doing donuts in the field across the road (yes, really), the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish theme, and anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather @ bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

I’ve made some progress on my reading backlog; I’m now only 3 books behind schedule! This week I’m adding The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones.

The Goodreads’ Blurb

The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.

Some of the greatest heroes and villains of history were thrown together in these turbulent times, from Joan of Arc to Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, and Richard III, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate bid to secure his stolen crown. This was a period when headstrong queens and consorts seized power and bent men to their will. With vivid descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet king was slain, this dramatic narrative history revels in bedlam and intrigue. It also offers a long-overdue corrective to Tudor propaganda, dismantling their self-serving account of what they called the Wars of the Roses.

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 79:

Tellingly, no attempt was made to take Henry back to Normandy to command his own armies, or even to serve as a figurehead despite the peril resulting from Bedford's death Burgundy's betrayal. Clearly, the boy was not made in his father's mold.

Wars of the Roses goodreads cover

What are you reading today?

7 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: The Wars of the Roses

  1. ‘Making Money’ A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett. Page 79…

    “Bent nudged Moist, pointed to an improbable wooden hatstand, and wordlessly handed him a long yellow oilskin coat and a matching rain hat. He had already donned a similar outfit, and had magically procured an umbrella from somewhere. ‘It’s the Balance of Payments,’ he said, as Moist struggled into the coat. ‘He never gets it right.'”

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