I was tagged by the lovely Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books to take part in this awesome tag! I love anything to do with Medieval Britain and I love queens so I had to do this.
This tag was created by Jess @ Jessticulates.
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.
I just recently finished reading this and loved it! The main character, Gyre, is definitely a character who stands her ground. She’s on a solo expedition down a deep, dangerous cave with only one handler guiding her down in her ear. But she soon realises that her handler, Em, has other plans and Gyre starts fighting back against her because she doesn’t think Em would care if Gyre dies.
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.
I absolutely adore the Daevabad series and the final novel was definitely a favourite, mainly because it’s highly suggested that Nahri, the main character, is going to end up with someone I shipped her with for ages but never thought it would happen. I’m not going to say who it is in case people view this as a spoiler, but it’s not the person she was about to get together with in book one!
(Completely off topic, but I LOVE Eleanor of Aquitaine!)
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, 12 stone crosses marking the places where her body rested over night 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.
The Persian Boy is the absolute definition of bittersweet. It’s about the last seven years of Alexander the Great’s life from the eyes of his lover, Baogas. So you already know it’s going to end tragically, but even so, you’re still not prepared for how devastating the ending is 😭.
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 favourite, 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 did enjoy this book in the end, but god the romance was terrible and I was so over it by the end. Basically the book is about two singers who made an album together and who end up hating each other but also obsess over each other and sort-of fall in love? But the romance was pretty bad and overtook the plot so much — there was just no chemistry between the two characters and I just didn’t care about them.
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 honour.
Choose a book set at a university.
Ugh, I’m obsessed with this book and I think a lot of people are too. It’s about a group of Shakespearean actors at university and one of them is killed by someone in the group, but no one knows who did it. I adore it so much! Also another book that is sort pretty bittersweet too.
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.
I love this book so much. It’s about best friends Sam and Miel who has been inseparable for years. Miel can grow roses from her wrist and four sisters, rumoured to be witches, become obsessed with her and want to steal her roses.
Please don’t feel obliged if you don’t want to do this tag!