Hello people! How are you? I hope you are all safe and having a great time! I have still yet to write a review, shame on me! But the other day I saw this book tag on TheBookCorps and I fell in love with it, so here we are!
This tag was ideated by Jess @Jessiculates, so thanks girls!
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.
Toby is an amazing character. She knows who and what she is (one of the good guys) and she would stand her ground every damn times, even when it is hard, especially when it is hard, and she doesn’t let the others dictate who she should be. She is always ready to sacrifice herself, to the etern chagrin of the people who love her, if the cause requires her, and she is one of the most “true to herself” characters ever!
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.
Well, this was the first series to popp up in my mind, and it is quite the choice. We have a ton of love interests in there!
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 Greatcoats series is a bittersweet one, between the feeling of “end of an era” and its characters and their destiny… well, I don’t think it can get more bittersweet than this!
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.
This is a companion series to the Mercy Thompson’s one, and while the main series is more balanced between the plot lines, the action, the love and the friendship, with a touch of mystery here and there, this companion series is way more centered on the love bewteen Charles and Anna. It is, in some regards, more sweet, but I find the main one more interesting. Even if I enjoy this one, too, and quite a lot!
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,
so choose a book set at a university.
Ok, I am cheating a bit here, because we don’t really have a university here, but we have a school, and it is about magic. Way cooler than university, right? And, to be honest, I don’t know another book that could fit here so… this one would 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.
Well, how can I not nominate Pratchett?? It is true that his series about the witches is not my favorite, but I love it anyway, and they are such amazing characters! And that reminds me that is almost time to read one of this author’s book again. I can’t wait!
And that’s all! If you like this one and want to try it out, consider yourself tagged!!!