I was tagged by Aster Marie @HappyBookishAfter!! Her blog is stunning (with wonderful graphics + writing!!) so if you don’t follow her already, do that immediately. This tag was originally created by Jess @ Jesticulates and it seems so fun?!! Plus! Historical references!! I’m incredibly excited for this.
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.
This book. Was amazing. Perfection. Expect thoughts on this soon. I need the next book right now. Bree Matthews is a strong, powerful, determined MC who I absolutely adore, and she seemed like the perfect choice for this section. I am absolutely obsessed with her character and this book & I will most definitely be screaming about this.
eleanor of quitaine (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’m going to steal Aster’s answer for this one because it fits perfectly + I finished it yesterday and I’m still thinking about it. I’m in love with all the representation in this book, and I was hooked since the moment I even heard about the book. Expect screaming about this too. I (unfortunately) don’t currently own it, but I’ll have it before the end of this week so that’s something!!
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.
This book put me through 2:00 am tears, but also made me smile. It had fleeting moment of joy, only to destroy me again. So, of course, I’m absolutely in love with it. Clockwork Princess is the third (and final) book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, and is set in the Shadowhunters universe.
side note: this might be my favorite book photo I’ve taken so far, I’m kind of obsessed.
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 can’t really think of anything in particular for this section. I think I’ve been fairly lucky in the sense that I haven’t really stumbled upon any of these?? The only things I can think of are supposed to have romance as the plot so… I have no clue.
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 that’s set at a university.
I think XOXO technically counts, so I’m choosing it. I recently read it (we’re really ignoring the TBR this month) and I loved it. It was adorable, and it was good for what it was. Plus! Asian rep!! (which is always wonderful, and I’m obsessed with it). Once again, I don’t currently own this so we’re using internet photos.
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.
Ok so picking Harry Potter is most definitely cheating, but I haven’t really read witchy books (though I have tons on my TBR so I’ll definitely get to this category soon). I don’t support the author, but the books themselves were a part of my childhood, and many others childhoods. Because of the author, however, I haven’t read these for years. I think it’s mainly a matter of separating the artist from the art, and I just haven’t been able to do that. Also, my copy is way too worn out from years of use to take a photo of.
- Eeshani @LightBulbsFromMyMind
- Selina @SimplySelina
- Saima @StoriesWithSaima
- Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack
- Riddhi @WhispheringStories
- Anoushka @DippedInInk
- Lily Yu @BooksByStarlight
- Suhani @RandomReadersRambles
- And you!! If you feel like participating in this tag, I’d love to see your answers!!!
To everyone I tagged, if you don’t feel like doing the tag/ can’t think of answers, there’s no pressure! Also, sorry if you’ve already been tagged for this.