First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Becoming Queen by Kate Williams

First Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  Anyone can play — just copy the first paragraph of the first chapter (or prologue) and include a picture of the book cover. Leave your link at Bibliophile by the Sea.  The book I’m hoping to start soon is, Becoming Queen by Kate Williams, the history of Queen Victoria.  Here is the beginning of Chapter 1:

‘The most distressing feelings of my heart’

The Prince of Wales was drunk.  It was his wedding day, he was disgusted by his bride, and he was the most inebriated he had ever been outside of a brothel. He was in debt to the tune of over £500,000, and the only way to settle his obligations was to marry. But he was shocked by the ugliness of his bride-to-be, Caroline of Brunswick, and thought she smelt like a peasant. In the overheated, overdecorated Chapel Royal, the Prince gritted his teeth, took another swig of porter, and tried to focus his mind on the showers of money he would receive.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia of  The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  So, from the same book:

from the introduction . . .

The idea of Victoria, young, fresh, liberal, and seemingly concerned with the plight of her people, kept the British hopeful throughout the largely appalling reigns of George IV and William IV . . .

Had the next king after William been his brother, the universally detested Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, a notorious blackguard suspected of blackmail, incest, and murder, then the fate of the monarchy might have been spectacularly different.

This will make a timely read given the TV series and a real change from previous movies which often depicted an older queen, focusing on her foibles and possible indiscretions.  What do you think?  Have you read it?  Would you read it based on the beginning and the quotes?  Leave a comment and a link to your First Chapter, First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday post.

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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12 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Becoming Queen by Kate Williams

  1. Ooh, I’m sold! I love history, and Queen Victoria has always been a fascinating figure! Thanks for sharing this, I’ll definitely be checking it out and probably be picking it up. 🙂

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  2. Want to watch the series. Enjoy the book.

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  3. Diane D says:

    This one is new to me; great opener. Hope you like it Lorraine.

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  4. sjhigbee says:

    Yes… this is hardly the greatest start to a marriage, is it? What a great extract and thank you for sharing. I’ll wait to see what you think – I’m a tad wary of these sorts of books as History is my specialist subject in my teaching degree and I get very cross when authors take liberties…

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  5. This does sound good! I admit I’d be rather disgusted by the groom being drunk on his wedding day. LOL


  6. I’d like to read this one. I like the way it starts, but I also love all the royalty stories lately – loved The Crown. I’m adding it to my list. Thanks Lorraine.


  7. fuonlyknew says:

    Queen Victoria is an intriguing woman. That excerpt sure portrays a despicable excuse for a man or noble.

    My TT from Crossing In Time


  8. I am fascinated by the monarchy…loved The Crown…and I also have this book on my stack…moving it up! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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  9. Queen Victoria has always intrigued me and I love the opening of this book. I could see myself getting happily lost in the story.

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  10. I would love to read this book – I had a huge amount of books about Queen Victoria when I was a teenager and always preferred those who didn’t just concentrate on the latter part of her life.


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