Friday, September 24, 2010 By: Suzanne

The Friday 56: The Lady Elizabeth

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I've had The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir sitting on my shelf for about a year now. I bought it because I loved Weir's Innocent Traitor but it's not hard to get me to like a book about Jane Grey, she's one of my favorite historical figures. I got bored with Tudor historical fiction though. It seems EVERYONE writes only about that. There have to be some other interesting stories out there. History is full of fascinating people. When I finished the Hunger Games I went in search of something from my shelves, saw this lying there and thought, might as well. So far, it's proving a wonderful read. Weir is a great storyteller, and being an historian also, she's gets the facts straight (unlike Phillipa Gregory). I hate when authors take such liberties that it simply wouldn't have been possible for what they write to have happened. Takes me out of the story. So here's this week's selection (Elizabeth is 6 at this point):

"There are so many ladies at court!" Elizabeth had marveled at their rich gowns, their bejeweled  hoods, their air of sophistication.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds like a great the cover, too.

Here's mine:

Click on my name!

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Oh my, I'm not sure I would know when the Tudor stuff was wrong.

Thanks for the tease!

Mine is up from Ice Cream on the Side

Tonya said...

Sweet, Gregory is known for taking liberties, which never really bothered me until The Constant Princess about Queen Katherine of Aragon. I was so excited because not much is told about her life before Henry got involved with Anne Boleyn. It could have been wonderful. It was not.

LadyD said...

I love storytellers and especially the rich details on the cover. Sounds like a fabulous book.

Book Loving Mommy said...

Oh, sounds good! Mine is here:

Becca said...

Mine's here:

jackie b central texas said...

At 6 years old the sight would have been awe inspiring!
Sounds like you made a good reading choice, enjoy...

My 56 today

jackie ^_^

lulilut said...

I haven't read this one but I loved Innocent Traitor too - the ending, so vividly told.

Here's mine:

cj'alhafiz said...

mine is here

Buffy said...

I haven't read this one, though I know I've read at least one of Weir's.

Here's mine:

Misti said...

Hi! I posted mine here:

Laura @ I'm Booking It said...

Fortunately or unfortunately, I don't know my English history well enough to know when liberties are being taken! I hope you enjoy The Lady Elizabeth.

I didn't get a chance to link my Friday 56 until now! Mine is from Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

Kelsey said...

Great Friday 56! I really enjoyed that book when I read it! Here is mine: