This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Here's how it works:

*Grab your current read.
*Open to a random page.
*Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
*Include the title and author so others can add it to their TBR list.

Here are my two teaser lines for the week. They are from Sharon Kay Penman's 2nd novel in her Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, Time and Chance.

Eleanor could not help smiling, for that sounded just like Arnulf of Lisieux. A shrewd, worldly man in his late fifties, he was as noted for his political acumen as for his erudition, and since his arrival from his Norman see, he'd been advising Henry how best to outmaneuver Becket. She regretted, though, that he'd seen fit to strip Will of his optimism. Will needed hope as much as he did air and food.

Eleanor did not fully understand it, either. How could these two men have been such close friends and yet misread each other so calamitously? Her husband had utterly failed to anticipate the archbishop Becket would become. But what of Becket? Had he learned nothing in their years together? How could he not realize what a formidable and unforgiving enemy Harry would make?


  1. I really need to read this book, so that I can then get to The Devil's Brood.

  2. I love Sharon Kay Penman! Thank you for this tidbit. And thank you for posting the cover of my book! THE QUEEN'S PAWN is my first novel and I am over the moon. Thanks for making my day!