Medieval Queens Book Tag

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I was tagged by Acqua @Acquadimore Books (thank you!!) in this new book tag originally created by Jess @jessticulates (make sure to check her original post to see more information about each queen). It sounded like a lot of fun so here I am doing the tag!

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Empress Matilda (1102-1167)

 Choose a book with a protagonist who stands their ground.
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Agatha from The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite is very firm in whatever she sets her mind to. And how couldn’t she be, when she’s a working woman, and a widow, in the first half of the nineteenth century! She will do whatever she can to make sure her business and the people she loves aren’t in danger, and sometimes she can be obtuse and lose sight of what’s more important between two contradicting things, but I found her realistic because of it.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204)

Choose a book or series in which the heroine has more than one romantic relationship.

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I don’t know if this is cheating the question but there’s canon f/f/f polyamory in the amazing webcomic Shoot Around by Suspu and it’s pretty great! The two relationships are developed somewhat separately (it’s been a while since I read it so I’d need to refresh my memory) so I feel like this is a perfect answer for this. It was either this or naming one of two problematic fantasy series that I frankly don’t feel like mentioning on my blog anymore. Anyway, I highly recommend this webcomic (you can read it for free on webtoons) because it’s “zombie apocalypse but FUN” with a bunch of diverse highschool girls + their P.E. teacher killing zombies. It’s truly great humor + a lot of lovely and diverse romances and I actually should reread it myself.

Eleanor of Castile (1241-1290)

Choose a bittersweet book.
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For this answer I’m going with Depart, Depart! by Sim Kern, although it personally left me feeling more hopeful than bitter. But if I think about it, this takes place during a (very real, could-be-happening-right-now) climate crisis, and while things are looking up for the protagonist at the end of the book on a personal level, there is no hope in sight or no solution offered for the current climate situation. So I feel like this is the definition of bittersweet. If you want to know more, read my full review!

Isabella of France (1295-1358)

Choose a book where the romance overtook the plot.
Thrall
I don’t like unearthing books that I mostly forgot about but when I read this question the book that immediately came to mind was Thrall by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish even though I hadn’t thought about it in ages. But rereading my review it’s clear why it’s a perfect candidate for this answer. This is a romance mystery novel so it makes sense for it to be romance-heavy, but I didn’t find the two elements to be well interwoven together, and I remember the ending being disappointing when it came to the mystery. And even while the protagonists were investigating and being scared for their lives they would lose themselves in pointless flirting (which honestly isn’t going to help your chances at staying alive), something that was made all the more absurd by the fact that most of this was done over chat logs, so it wasn’t even the type of flirting that just signifies that you’re nervous and comes out as you open your mouth: they actually had to waste time to type that stuff.

Philippa of Hainault (1310/15-1369)

choose a book set at a university.
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I couldn’t remember any and then I thought of the manga (also turned anime, which reminds me I should continue…) Given by Natsuki Kizu. It’s a m/m romance and it’s very well written and I highly recommend if you like manga. It takes place at university but mostly it’s about the band where Uenoyama, Mafuyu, Haruki and Akihiko play. I don’t remember the university element being very relevant so this answer might once again be cheating, but I really don’t love stories that take place at university because I can never find them relatable to my own experiences at uni.

Joan of Navarre (1368-1437)

Choose a book about witches.

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

If it’s about witches I can’t not mention the anthology Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft. I don’t always love stories about witches and witchcraft (I have a few that I’m anticipating next year though) so there were some here that I didn’t love, but some made a lasting impression on me and while I usually find reading anthologies very stressful, I remember my time reading this two years ago rather fondly.

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I Tag:

Laura @thebookcorps

Heather @bookishbelongings

Leyre @readyouleyre

Dorka @berriesandbooksblog

…and anyone else who wants to, please consider yourself tagged by me! Of course no pressure to those I tagged to actually do this.

16 thoughts on “Medieval Queens Book Tag

  1. “they actually had to waste time to type that stuff” ouch dkjgkjh the dangers of an original format I guess
    Also I can’t believe I haven’t read Waspish Widows yet! (I think I kind of forgot it existed… is it me or is this getting so much less attention than celestial mechanics last year?)
    And I finally caved in and downloaded Depart Depart on netgalley, now of course I won’t read it until next year or something because that’s what I do with ARCs apparently!

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    1. i thnk you’re right, waspish widows is really getting less hype and i think it’s a combination of the cover being worse (i…am not a fan fhsdlfhs) and the fact that this year is what it is and I feel like less people reach for that genre? maybe? it’s sad but i understand it fhslfdhj
      OHHHH i am still thinking about D,D! fdshfk if you ever get to it i’m really curious to read your thoughts!

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  2. I love this tag so much, thank you bb! I’ve heard so many god things about Given, I feel like I should read it at some point. And I need to read Wapish Widows !! I loved the first book in that series. 💕

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    1. you’re welcome bb, i knew it was a perfect tag for u ahaha! ahhh i forgot most of Given because i binged it too fast but i just remember having a lot of feelings and i think you would like it! oh and waspish widows too ♥

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    1. i feel like most people who have read Celestial Mechanics still haven’t read Waspish Widows ahahah I think it’s not the type of genre that feels right in this weird year? not enough escapism or something? but i hope you read it soon and love it!

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  3. Ooh Shoot Around sounds fun!! I’m definitely checking out that one. And it’s good to hear that you enjoyed Given! I unfortunately didn’t (though I did watch the anime too, I LOVE the music!!) 😅

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    1. OHH i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Given! i think the art was a little confusing for me at times but i remember going through a lot! ahhh i really need to watch the anime, it’s good to hear the music is good!

      i hope you LOVE shootaround, i just reread it after publishing this post and it was still amazing! ♥

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      1. It’s very frustrating because I really WISH I could enjoy Given but oh well… Yup you should give the anime a go!! I enjoyed watching it. There’s a movie too though I’m not sure if it’s been out or not right now.

        Well thank you for the rec!! 💕💕

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