As the book opens, the heroine's younger sister is on a window ledge preparing to commit suicide by jumping. She's all heart broken over some man who dumped her and broke her heart.
I was not aware that King John had seizures.He was speaking with the petulance of a child, exaggerated, with dribble flying from his lips. Sean knew that paroxysms were imminent.
The heroine's dress for a court dinner in the Tower. I don't think either she or the younger sister cover their heads. Could be wrong though.The sleeves were long with trailing cuffs, the neckline daringly low, and the bodice tapered at the waist to emphasize her slender torso. A lovely necklace of rough-cut emeralds finished the look.
The heroine is introduced to William Marshal:
I know Wiki isn't 100% accurate, but according to them there weren't earls of Bath until the late 1400s.My lord William Marshall, may I present the Lady Sheridan St. James, eldest daughter and heiress of the late Henry St. James, 3rd Earl of Bath and Glastonbury.
Not a question, but an observation. I loathe the make the villain stinky and smelly so's we know how bad and evil he really is.
Our heroine's dilemma at the dinner table:John, a short man with a droopy eye and noticeably bad hygiene, gestured benevolently to the group in the hall.
William, Bishop of Coventry, eventually showed himself; a slight man that reeked of alcohol, he seated himself and several retainers across the table from Jocelin and the St. James women. He greeted Jocelin amiably, introduced himself to the ladies, and spoke well of Henry St. James. He seemed congenial enough. But he finished the otherwise normal conversation by running an inviting foot against Sheridans leg...She casually shifted so that her leg was not within reach of his dirty toes, but it seemed the bishop had long legs and managed to stroke her ankle once again with his cold digits. When she cast him a baleful glance, he ran his tongue over his lips and grinned.
That experience with the bishop unsettled our heroine and she excuses herself to find the (outdoor) privy. Would there not be some indoor accommodations for the ladies in the Tower? She doesn't know where to find it, so accepts guidance from:
Bloomers go back that far?Sheridan shook the first two off but allowed the third, a young lad dressed in red bloomers, to show her to the door.