[caption id="attachment_509" align="alignleft" width="143" caption="The Concubine by Norah Lofts"][/caption] By:Carp Eyes Coming - Joy's Teaspoon Official Book Club Tea: English Breakfast (duh) This book is the best of two worlds, part history book and part out of this world romance! The story of the Tudor era is one of legend and the story has been told in so many ways. Recently through the Showtime series and a movie with Eric Bana (yes there are other actors in this film but none that matter when Eric Bana is visible) the story has become new and fresh for yet another generation. Norah Loft's voice in this book easily weaves together the voice of a proud king who acts like a petulant child, a woman coming of age and learning the extent of her own power, and the money and status hungry people surrounding the tudor court. Loft has a way of writing with historical accuracy while also building up characters who are larger than life. I especially enjoyed the way Loft wrote about the legal process King Henry VIII went through the end his marriage so that he could marry Anne Boelyn. In most theatrical accounts of this period the church looks like a broken legal system. In Loft's retelling the political maneuvering of the church to avert disaster is a much more intellectual and historically accurate approach to the story. I drank English Breakfast while reading this book. With just a splash of milk this tea sent me whirling into the Tudor court. As I read the historical quotes woven into the book the authenticity of the book and the tea set the perfect English scene. A classic tea for a classic book!