Thursday, July 19, 2018

First Line Friday: Anglo-Saxons Round II


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"While it is not possible to produce a full biography of the Lincolnshire thegn called Hereward, the main threads of his career can be recovered, at least in outline."

I am looking forward to this one with cautious optimism. There is just so much we will never know about the period, but Hereward is a figure who I am endlessly intrigued by.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

36 comments:

  1. Hmm, I don't know Hereward but it sure looks interesting. Anything from this era though, generally, would probably catch my interest.

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    1. He has written a ton about this era and I ended up ordering quite a few of them from Amberley when they had some big sales. He has also written about Hastings/1066, and Harold, and a slew of other books. I am hoping to start this one sooooooon.

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  2. Someone rebelled against William? I did not know that.

    I'm sharing from Open Circle by Stacy Monson on my blog. But today I'm sharing the first line from Then There Was You by Kara Issac, which has just won the 2018 RITA Award for Romance with religious or Spiritual Elements from Romance Writers of America.

    Congratulations, Kara!

    Here's the first line:

    Paige McAlister didn't think think it was possible, but there was something worse than being single and thirty at your nineteen-year-old sister's wedding.

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    1. Oh yes, there was actually quite a resistance for a while to William. The author also has a book that I shared a couple weeks ago about the Resistance specifically. Hereward has been built up to near-mythical proportions, so I am interested in starting this one soon to get the actual story, as much as well can know.

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  3. Happy Friday!😎

    My First Lines come from If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren.......

    “Watching you die is the last thing I want to do on a Saturday morning.” Sierra said it in a low mutter, nearly under her breath, but Ian heard it anyway, a slash across his chest, right between the ribs.

    Have a great weekend, stay cool, and Happy Reading!😊💖📚

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    1. Happy Friday to you as well Susan, thanks for coming by and sharing your line. Happy Reading!

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  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from Susan May Warren's book "The Heat is On".

    "Skye Doyle was going to get everyone killed."

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  5. My first line comes from Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King....

    "It's a rock, Holmes"

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  6. All I really know about Wm. the Conqueror was from that line I had to memorize in high school French Class, "En 1066, Guillaume le Conquerant..." I'd like to know more about that period! My first line is from The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall. “To put it as simply as possible: this is the story of a polygamist who has an affair.”

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    1. Well then, have I got some recommendations for you!! Seriously, I have tons. This author has written quite a few books about this period, about the Anglo-Saxon Resistance to William, about Hastings and Harold and all sorts of Anglo-Saxony goodness. If you ever want those recommendations, I would be happy to provide a list!

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  7. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I'm sharing the first line from Woman of Clay by Linda Caddick. I'm currently on chapter 11, so I will share the first line from this chapter.

    "Spring burst almost overnight in a full palette of brilliant colour, transforming the world into one which barely resembled the one Shana had inhabited just a week or two before."

    Hope you have an excellent weekend filled with great reading time! 😁❤📚

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    1. Happy Friday Nicole! I plan to do a lot of reading and writing - Eleanor has gone to her dad's for the weekend, so reading and writing keep me sane until she is home again. Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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  8. I never heard of Hereward. Sounds interesting. On my blog I'm feature The Purchased Bride by Kit Morgan. Here, I will share the first line from Chapter Four of that novel. "Herman Mayer wasn't the brightest or the nicest man around, and he knew it." Wishing you a great Friday!

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    1. I am really looking forward to this one. Hereward has been so romanticized and built up to near-mythic proportions, I am looking forward to getting the real story, or as much of it as we can anyway, seeing as how it's been nearly 1000 years.

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  9. This does sound intriguing! Happy Friday Sarah!

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    1. I'm anxious to start it, Happy Friday Heather, and Happy Reading!

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  10. Hereward was a childhood hero of mine (which will probably come as no surprise to you). This is on my book of interest list.

    My first line(s):

    "It is a truism that many who join a rising revolutionary movement are attracted by the prospect of sudden and spectacular change in their conditions of life. A revolutionary movement is a conspicuous instrument of change."

    The True Believer - Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer.

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    1. Not surprised at all! Have you read any of Rex's other books? he has several about the period and all are on my TBR. I finally ordered a few from Amberley within the last year and will be getting to them in due time. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

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  11. Happy Friday :)

    I've never heard of Hereward, so I'll have to investigate it later. This week's FLF is Jen Turano's A Match of Wits. I'm also reading Roseanna M. White's Circle of Spies from the Culper Ring Series:

    "Marietta Hughes was the worst widow in the history of mourning."

    Hope you have a nice weekend :)

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    1. Thank you for coming by Caitlin - he is an interesting figure and this is one of my favorite periods to study. Happy Reading!

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  12. My FLF quote is from Ann Gabhart’s newest book: River to Redemption.

    June 1833
    Adria Starr didn’t want her mother and little brother to stop breathing the way her father had. She wanted to take care of them. She was seven.

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  13. This sounds quite interesting.

    I'm sharing about "Trials of the Mighty" by Kenyon T. Henry on the blog today, but I'm currently reading "Unafraid" by Carey Scott. I'll share the first line of chapter two.

    Authentic living. What does it even mean?

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!

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    1. He is a really interesting figure from the period, but has also been so built up over time and I am looking forward to separating fact from fiction to see what we can truly know about someone who lived nearly 1000 years ago. Happy Reading!

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  14. Happy Friday, Sarah! :-) Sounds like an interesting one!
    Over on my blog, I'm sharing the first line from The Auschwitz Escape, but here I'll share the first line from another book on my TBR pile, Anne Graham Lotz' The Daniel Prayer: "The air was electric. People were shouting, crying, pleading with God."
    Have a blessed weekend!

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    1. Yes, I think it will be and I am very much looking forward to getting to it - hopefully soon. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your line, Happy Reading!

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  15. I need to get caught up on my fiction reading so I can work more non-fiction in! I’m sharing from A Rebel Heart by Beth White on my blog today, here’s the first line of Chapter 2:

    “Spyglass pressed to his good eye, Daughtry crouched behind a tree at the edge of the creek running through Buckner’s Ravine.”

    Happy reading!

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    1. Or skip over the fiction and go straight for the non-fiction! :) Whenever you are ready for some recommendations, I have plenty. Happy Reading!

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  16. Hi Sarah! Have a great weekend!

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  17. I confess to having never heard of Hereward but I hope you enjoy!

    Colletta

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    1. Thank you Colletta! Anglo-Saxon England and 1066 are among my favorite topics of history and I am looking forward to digging in. Happy Reading!

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