Thank you so much to M. T. Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left for tagging me in the Medieval Queens Book Tag and to Jessticulates for creating the tag! I had not heard of this one before and it is always interesting to discover new ones especially when they have a topic like medieval queens.
Empress Matilda (1102-1167)
After her father, Henry I, died naming her his heir, Matilda’s cousin, Stephan, 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 Stephan to name her son, the future Henry II, his successor over his own children.
Choose a book with a protagonist who stands their ground!
For this one I had to Paige Mahoney from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. She is constantly standing her ground and standing up for what she believes in, no matter the cost to her. She has been through some extremely traumatic things but she always comes back stronger and fights even harder.
Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204)
Before she married Henry II and became Queen of England in 1151, 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.
Choose a book or series in which the heroine has more than one romantic relationship!
I’ve ended up going with Alina Starkov from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. She has not just two, but three possible love interests throughout the course of the series. And while it is mainly a fight between two of them, it was still interesting to see her have to choose between them.
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 overnight on its journey from Lincolnshire, where she dies, to her burial place in London. Three of the crosses still survive today.
Choose a bittersweet book!
For this one I have chosen The Memory Book by Laura Avery. I love this book and the message that it delivers. The book is so very bittersweet because while Sammie gets all that she wants both you and her know that it is going to end very quickly.
Isabella of France (1295-1358)
Often known as the ‘She-Wolf of France’, Isabella was Edward II’s wife. Unfortunately from Edward he wasn’t particularly 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 romance overtook the plot!
I had to pick The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller for this one. It felt as if there was no actual plot within this book and when I started to see glimmers of plot they went away fairly quickly. The problem was the romance wasn’t even one that I particularly liked either.
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!
Now I may be twisting this one slightly but I have gone with Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert. Dani is a student/lecturer and Zaf works security at a University so I think that it counts. This is one of my favourite books and if you have not read it yet I highly suggest that you do.
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 have chosen The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson for this prompt. As you can probably guess from the title it does feature witches and it a really interesting take on the sub-genre. The sequel is coming out late 2021/early 2022 and I am really intrigued as to the direction that it is going to go.
Thank you once again to M. T. Wilson once again for tagging me in the Medieval Queens book tag, I had so much fun doing it!