Here are two teaser lines from the book I am currently working on (Plaidy's Red Rose of Anjou):
The Cardinal was thoughtful. He was getting near to the end of a full and very satisfying life. Born bastard son of John of Gaunt and Catherine Swynford he had been legitimized by his father and had enjoyed many honours.
Gloucester did not want peace in France. He still dreamed that he was going to win spectacular battles like Agincourt. He really believed he was a military genius like his brother. Even Bedford had not been that, great soldier though he had been and wise administator too. There was none to compare with Henry the Fifth.