Book 2 (Anne): Warwick is defeated, Lancaster dead and Richard and Anne are about to get together.
I am so slow
. I'm just beginning 12, and I'm only half-way through Book 1! But in my defense, I had a book club book to get done by last evening.
Rutland's murder definitely broke a code of conduct.
You know, that's what always strikes me when I pick up the book. The age of the characters. You remember I said had difficulties reading "Game of Thrones" and eventually gave up on it because of the age of its main characters? But these were fictional characters, and in "Sunne" the characters are real persons, who lived, loved, suffered, hated, and died. Anne was forced to marry and is now a widow at age 14. Richard is barely 18, a father of two children and a battle experienced soldier. Rutland died at age 17 (Lancaster also, and before the battle his mother admitted that "it's only now that I realize how very young 17 is"). I wonder if they ever really had a childhood... The girls were raised to marry and were used as bargain to gain their families power through strategic marriage, the boys were raised to fight, and also to gain power through strategic marriage...
They were hardly ever babies, from the looks of things
. I've always wondered how kids were raised back then - when did they get solids? Toilet-training - though they didn't have them back then. Makes me wonder how the other classes fared - was it like this across the board with the marriages and such?
I still wonder what caused such an incredible amount of hatred between these two branches of the family... Certainly Warwick played a big part in it, for he was a cunning guy who loved being the puppet master, and a skilled manipulator as well, even if in the end, he risked too much and failed. But over years, he manipulated the families in a way that suited him most and guaranteed him a lot of power. But that can't be all. Such hatred builds up over generations.
That was the thing about Warwick that burned me to no end! In The White Queen
it seemed that all he did was replace kings with other kings
. He was never content once he got Edward settled, because, I think, he expected that Ned would look to him for the rest of life and never have a thought of his own. Can you imagine if he were ever successful with George?
BTW - every time Richard is mentioned, I see Aneurin in front of my inner eye. He fits his description in the book so well... Off topic:
Bought "Mariah Mundi and the Midas box", will watch it this weekend.
I do, too. I just wuv him to bits as Richard
. And I really liked "Mariah Mundi...". Bought it OnDemand
, and once it was done, restarted it until the 24 hours ran out