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Thy Kingdom Come

I know I promised this a very long time ago, but here’s a snippet from part one for you as a small thank you for viewing my blog! It’s very much appreciated. It’s real bad, but I think it gives a slightly better taste of some more characters rather than the overall atmosphere… But here goes anyway…

   “I have complete trust in you,” she corrected me with a grin. “Surely you’ve learnt of that by now? I tell you, it is merely the wifely submission that I’m not supposed to show to you. Oh how our ancestors would cringe at us!”

   I laughed, indulging in her image. For both of us I think there had always been a sense of absolute devotion, so contradictory to the customs of our day. Even in our years of supposed maturity we are still the young and controversial couple causing ripples of gossip. I don not think it ever concerns either of us of how it could play to our disadvantage later in life. We are never frivolous or extravagant, merely ourselves and making do with life as we like to know it. My health, which still haunts my mind, I cast away. I need not fret. Life had been beyond my expectations so far and one inconvenience seems a mere trifle in comparison to the happiness I behold in my wedded bliss. We cannot live like this forever for the sake of our children’s education as to the coming of their kingdoms. But for now happiness is ours and as long as we remain together now  I heartily believe that everything is jovial in the world.

 Unfortunately, things don’t go all that well from around here. But it puts two characters into play for you before the main plot really starts. Hope you enjoyed!

(Sorry I used the quote thing. For some reason WordPress doesn’t want to play double spaces between lines!)

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Thy Kingdom Come

For those who don’t know, Thy Kingdom Come is the present name for my alternate history novel which explores the idea of a female-dominated England. To set the scene slightly here is an extract from Part 1. It is a flashback to the moment the first queen took her crown. The book is actually set three-hundred years later when the crown falls into turmoil…  It’s only short, but I hope you enjoy anyway!

In the battlefield the final King of England knew his time had passed. He had exploited his female citizens for far too long and this was how he would be repaid. It wasn’t an ideal way to lose his throne, but there were certainly worse ways to die. The women were armed and marching towards him; the leader of them was his own cousin. She had taken his army through her charm and beauty, and now she would take his throne and life. He took one last look at his army, scattered throughout the new Queen’s ladies and foreign armies. He bent his head down in prayer and waited for the final blow to come. And so his reign ended, along with the male dominated England.

“Your King is dead,” announced the  winner of the battle. “I shall give you two options now: join me, or prepare to lose your heads also.”

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Thank you.

I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to view my blog, expecially a certain someone who knows who she is..

It is really appreciated and to say thanks, here’s the Prologue to Thy Kingdom Come. I hope you enjoy it- it’s only short but gives a slightly better idea of the book. It’s a bit of a mess as I haven’t really spent that much time editing, so sorry for that.

Prologue

I always loved the rain. As a child I’d often sit outside in thunderstorms and just watch. Nobody ever noticed me- everyone was sheltered inside from the wet and the cold. I was never missed either-  after the first few weeks of the rain season, they always knew where I was. Later, I would enter sodden, but with a huge smile, which was the key to stopping any punishment.

The sound of the rain, and an excuse not to study, was a beautiful experience. I would think clearer alone, and I would have freedom from the outside world. When I first discovered the joys of raindrops, I would run through fields and pick flowers. However, as I got older, I found that something else gave me pleasure: I’d sit- just watching- nothing else.

So, after my early love of rain, it seemed a great coincidence, so right- and almost joyful, that, on this day it should rain.

I am standing on the brink of my destiny, and something I’ve known would happen for all my life. It is what I want, this day. So, as I would prefer and wish to happen, it rains. Just as it had done at my wedding, the birth of my first child , as well as the day I succeeded.

The rain is a joy to me- it helps me think. Although it is good in my mind for the rain to come, it is perhaps not the wish of the people of my new country, for the Ladies and Lords that are here today, for I know not all like the rain, as I do, and would much prefer the sunshine.

Just for a moment- I think. Just as the rain always made me. I think of what it would be like to be one of the people in the crowd. I think of what it would feel like to know you have a new Queen- and that she is to rule what happens in your life, and what happens to your country. I think of what they must feel like, the throne and crown of England being passed, and a new Queen being crowned. And yet, on such an important day- it rains.

For a second I long for a normal life, and to be sat in that crowd, and to have the freedom to think of the new Queen of England as I would wish to, and to be relieved of any great pressure or power.

Then, I flash back to reality, and see that this day is my destiny, and something that I’ve wanted for the whole of my life. I know that I must be the new Queen of England, so I face the crowds and the brink of my highest supremacy.

Soon, very soon, I shall own England.

It is raining- it must be a good day for us all. I was born to become Queen of England, and here I am. I am almost a Queen- I already have my heir and King; I am educated to do my job well; and yet this day has come so very fast. But now, just hours from sitting on my throne properly, after all of these troubles- I know that my position is safe. With an heir and powerful King, as well as a ready mind, there is no risk of any civil war to spoil this day.

I am safe from threats, my position secure, and in a few short hours- England will be mine.

And not even the past can take that away. 

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Thy Kingdom Come

For anyone who may be interested, I am currently writing an alternate history novel. It’s called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ pretty much officially now…

It’s based on the idea of a female-dominated monarchy contrasting to the real historical world of women being owned, Henry VIII’s quest for a son etc. I suppose I had no real aims with this book except to amuse myself and to give myself a ‘what if..?’ to think about and play around with. And eventually, a plot formed.

It follows a family in the royal-circle in the 16th Century, especially focusing on one girl, who through a series of events in the Monarchy finds herself heiress to the throne. The book follows her life from the age of seven to when she takes the throne. There is also quite a twist taken from the absolute authority and power stressed at the start of the novel with a Charles I-like situation that originated completely out of scandal, murder and a little help from a character who I losely base on Jane Boleyn at that particular stage of the book.

I’ve been writing it for about six months now and have really enjoyed it. It’s just over 85000 words now with still quite a considerable amount of plot to write, so I’m hoping it will turn out alright. Hopefully…

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