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!
Empress Matilda (1102-1167)
Choose a book with a protagonist who stands their ground.
Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204)
Choose a book or series in which the heroine has more than one romantic relationship.
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.
Isabella of France (1295-1358)
Choose a book where the romance overtook the plot.
Philippa of Hainault (1310/15-1369)
choose a book set at a university.
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.
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.
…and anyone else who wants to, please consider yourself tagged by me! Of course no pressure to those I tagged to actually do this.