Medieval Queens Book Tag

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 Historical references!!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.

i tag:

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.

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16 thoughts on “Medieval Queens Book Tag

  1. This post was absolutely stellar! I have to agree: the clockwork princess photo might be one of my favorites thus far!

    The fact that you loved Iron Widow just makes my day. (That book was perfection for me 💕) And I’m actually considering reading Legendborn!

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    1. Ty!!! The Clockwork Princess photo turned out much better than expected?? But now there’s glitter everywhere… I should’ve known. It’s my absolute favorite (even though I’ve only taken like. 16 photos)

      Iron Widow was amazing!!! I adore it. And yessss you should definitely read Legendborn, it’s wonderful!!

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  2. njfdhgfdygfdyg ONE OF MY FAVORITE EVER BLOGGERS DOING THE BEST TAG IN THE HISTORY OF EXISTENCE MOST DEFINITELY EQUATES TO PERFECTION AND ME FALLING IN LOVE SO IF YOU’LL EXCUSE ME WHILE I POSSIBLY PROCEED TO FLAIL FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY, I’D BE FOREVER GRATEFUL

    no, but, seriously!! I LOVE THIS!!!! SO MUCH!!!! THE TAG IS PERFECTION, NO DOUBT (I MEAN??? MEDIEVAL??? HISTORY OK??? MY ONE TRUE LOVE (apart from books and olives OBVIOUSLY)) but also WE MUST TALK ABOUT THE UTTER FABULOUSNESS THAT IS YOUR ANSWERS??? AND ALL THE BOOKS TOOO?? AND THE WAY YOURE MAKING ME RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED TO READ ALL OF THEM MAYBE I SHALL END UP FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS AND BETRAYING TBRS TOO??? and then blame you just BECAUSE.

    i’ve been DYING to read iron widow SINCE A YEAR AND ITS RELEASE, so am overjoyed you loved it?? AND OMG REPRESENTATION I’M FLAILING!!!!!!!!!

    also I HAD NO IDEA xoxo is set at a university (#EVILNESS) but am even more excited now??? it kind of also occupies a huge HUGE space on my ‘DYING TO DEVOUR SINCE A WHOLE ENTIRE YEAR’ list so am excited like that THANK YOU!! am IN LOVE WITH ALL THE PHOTOS (YOURE QUEEN LIKE THAT) and also THE POST BECAUSE PERFECTION

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    1. AHHH TYSM 😭❤️ YESSS this tag is amazing and I recommend reading all of these immediately, and, I mean I know we’re supposed to follow TBR’s but I mean!! Look at the books!! They seem so wonderful, and amazing, the premises!! The premises
      wonderful, and interesting and really it’s not my fault that I had to go off my TBR it’s the uh… book’s fault??!

      IRON WIDIOW IS SO AMAZING IT’S HIGH UP IN THE FAVORITES LIST I LOVED IT!!! I don’t typically read much sci fi but it was just?? So good?? It looked amazing?! I couldn’t resist. YESS REPRESENTATION IS ALWAYS SO WONDERFUL AND AMAZING AND I LIVE FOR IT!!!

      For XOXO technically it’s an academy but that still kind of counts right?? Because I had to mention it because it’s so cute and I liked it a lot. MY LIST GOT SO LONG FOR MY TBR FOR THIS YEAR AND I’VE ABANDONED IT?! AND I NEED TO GET BACK TO IT?! BUT I’VE BETRAYED IT SO MUCH. ALSO OMG I’M SO GLAD YOU LOVED THE PHOTOS ❤️❤️ TY FOR READING AND FOR THIS WONDERFUL COMMENT ❤️

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  3. Omg I NEED to read legendborn ASAP ahhh it looks FANTASTIC, and the mc sounds AMAZING!
    So glad you enjoyed iron widow, I’m RUNNING to get my hands on it right away!!
    And ahhh clockwork princess was HEARTBREAKING in every single way, that epilogue BROKE me, and the photo you took is SO SO GORGEOUS I’M OBSESSED!
    Loved this!!! ❤

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    1. Omg yes I hope you adore it. Bree is wonderful!!
      Yess Iron Widow was amazing, I need your thoughts as soon as you read it!!!
      Clockwork Princess broke me, and the entire thing with Will and Jem hurt, but I still loved it.
      AHHH ty!! I’m glad you enjoyed ❤

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