Currently Reading…

One of the great things about my job is that it allows me a fair amount of “my choice” reading time – on the clock.  Because I’m a huge dork, I’m currently reading (yet another) book about Tudor England: The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir.  Yesterday, I got sidetracked and did not put my book away before getting the peanut up from her nap.  (Aside: Really glad I’m a huge dork.)

Ever aware, Peanut spotted it and asked me what was on her coffee table.  I make it a point to be as honest as possible with the kids, but also know my audience, so simplified my answer.  “That is the book I am reading.  It is about those two girls, who are princesses, and their brother, who is a prince.  The other girl is their cousin.”

one prince, two princesses, and their cousin

Peanut nodded and moved on to her own books…which just so happen to also about princes and princesses.   D’oh.  Whatever.  My prince, princesses, and their cousin are cooler.

Aside #2: I am aware that Jane Grey was the grandniece, not child, of Henry VIII and her inclusion on the cover bothers me.


3 Responses to “Currently Reading…”

  1. February 18, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I did wonder about the inclusion of Jane Grey. Does the book make reference to any of his illegitimates? That would be a book I’d be interested in reading. History always lets us know what happens to the heirs to the throne, but it’s the ones who are swept under the carpet I find fascinating!

    • February 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

      I’m just over one-third of the way through the book and it’s currently covering Jane’s “reign” and all along has discussed her interactions with the siblings. It runs very chronologically and I don’t think it’s Weir’s best work. There’s nothing on any of the illegitimates yet, which is what I was hoping for when I bought the book. (I also bought it on clearance, so I can’t complain too much.) I checked the index and Henry FitzRoy isn’t even listed, so I am guessing that I am going to be disappointed on that one. Note to self: Check the index first next time. I agree with you – a book about the illegitmates would make for a great read!

      It’s still a good read, just not what I was hoping it was going to be.

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