I found this tag over at A Book Owl’s Corner. If you’re not following Naemi’s blog, you really should be. I know I wasn’t tagged, but the history nerd in me won’t let me turn down a tag about medieval British queens. Thank you so much to Jess from Jessticulates for coming up with this!
Now, let’s get started.
EMPRESS MATILDA (1102-1167)
After her father, Henry I, died naming her his heir, Matilda’s cousin, Stephen, subsequently took the throne for himself. Matilda never stopped fighting for what was rightfully hers. Though she would never be named Queen of England in her own right, she was able to convince Stephen to name her son, the future Henry II, his successor over his own children.
Choose a book with a protagonist who stands their ground.
A Deal with the Elf King features one of the smartest, most self-reliant protagonists I’ve seen in a while. Luella is not just some arm candy for her king. She manages to use her smarts and magical gifts to change her world for the better, and it’s fantastic.
ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE (1122-1204)
Before she married Henry II and became Queen of England in 1152, Eleanor was Queen of France as the wife of Louis VII. She sought an annulment from her marriage to Louis, and he eventually agreed because 15 years of marriage had produced no sons, only for Eleanor to go on to have eight children with Henry—five of whom were sons. Ouch!
Choose a book or series in which the heroine has more than one romantic relationship.
Liz Talbot has her romantic notions all in a tangle in book one of this series, but she eventually figures things out.
ELEANOR OF CASTILE (1241-1290)
A keen patron of literature and a successful businesswoman in her own right, Eleanor was Edward I’s first wife. He was so heartbroken when she died that he erected the Eleanor Crosses, twelve stone crosses marking the places where her body rested overnight on its journey from Lincolnshire, where she died, to her burial place in London. Three of the crosses still survive today.
Choose a bittersweet book.
Where the Crawdads sing had so many moments that I felt were bittersweet, and the ending was especially that.
ISABELLA OF FRANCE (1295-1358)
Often known as the ‘She-Wolf of France’, Isabella was Edward II’s wife. Unfortunately for Edward, he wasn’t particularly good at being king, and Isabella soon grew tired of his (possibly homosexual) relationship with his favorite, Hugh Despenser. After she began an affair with English nobleman Roger Mortimer while on a diplomatic mission to France, the pair returned to England with an army and she deposed Edward and acted as regent until their son, the future Edward III, came of age.
Choose a book where the romance overtook the plot.
I know this is an obvious choice (and one that Becky would disagree with) but there was definitely a point in this series that I felt the romance stopped making sense to the plot.
PHILIPPA OF HAINAULT (1310/15-1369)
Queen of England as the wife of Edward III, Philippa was beloved by the English people for her compassion and kindness. The Queen’s College, Oxford, founded in 1341, is named in her honor.
Choose a book set at a university.
This actually takes place at a magical boarding school, but close enough, right?
JOAN OF NAVARRE (1368-1437)
Joan was Henry IV’s second wife. Six years after his death, Joan was accused of attempting to poison her stepson, Henry V, through witchcraft and was imprisoned for four years until he ordered her release, just six weeks before he suddenly died.
Choose a book about witches.
A Discovery of Witches was one of the first books I borrowed from Becky, and I did not regret it. I hear there is a tv show, but I haven’t seen it.
- Jessica @The Awkward Book Blogger
- Julie @One Book More
- MT Wilson @The Last Book on the Left
- Nehal @Books and Words
- Riddhi B. @Whispering Stories
If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! I look forward to reading your answers.