My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 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.
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.
In the autumn of 1515 Archbishop Wolsey, Chancellor of England, was made a cardinal.
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.
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,…
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.
‘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!
And my governess always used to say that Kings are like wild tigers – you must never let them see you are afraid of them.’
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.
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.
Cardinal Wolsey, the great prince of the Catholic Church, was dead.
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…
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.
‘Because a girl-child cannot inherit the kingdom,’ Amyas said.
‘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.
‘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.’
‘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.’
I failed to give the King a son, that was my crime. He had his duty, and I mine.
4* The Founding
5* The Dark Rose
TBR The Princeling
- Martyrs, abbeys, and fogs (thestreetnames.wordpress.com)
- How did Wolsey and Cromwell compare as effective servants of the English Crown? (historytocontemporay.wordpress.com)