This week, I had two sick kids at home, so I decided to save my shiny new ARCs of The Golden Hour and Milady for when I have sufficient brain cells to enjoy them, and, instead, resorted to my exceedingly well-worn copy of Dorothy Sayers’s Busman’s Honeymoon, in which Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are finally married– and, of course, stumble across a corpse on their honeymoon. As one does.
I’ve also been dipping into Court Lady and Country Wife: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England, the story of the two daughters of the “Wizard” Earl of Northumberland, one married to the Earl of Leicester, the other to the Earl of Carlisle, both swept up in the fraught court politics leading up to the Civil War. Lady Carlisle might– just might– have been the inspiration for Dumas’s Milady de Winter, based on a little affair regarding the Duke of Buckingham and some diamond tags, but it’s unclear whether the incident actually happened, or was just French court tittle-tattle as relayed by that old gossip, the Duc de la Rochefoucauld.
What have you been reading this week?