Stewart Queens Tag

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As a bit of a history-lover, I’ve been really enjoying Jessticulates series of royal queen based book tags. Since my degree was in Scottish History, this one, featuring the Stewarts, is even more up my alley.

Check out Jess’ original post here.

Anne of Denmark

The wife of James VI of Scotland and I of England, Anne was England’s first Stuart queen and a keen patron of the arts, so choose a book about, or a book that incorporates, poetry, music or art…

I could quite happily steal Jess’ answer for this one and go with Joy McCullough’s Blood Water Paint, a fascinating verse-novel about artist Artemisia Gentileschi, but I’ll add my own too. I don’t tend toward books heavily featuring artists, but An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson fascinated me. It’s about a girl who is commissioned to paint a portrait of the fae prince and whose talent gets her into more trouble than she bargins for.

Henrietta Maria of France

Poor Henrietta Maria, who was both French and Catholic, was not a popular lady in Protestant England, but her marriage to Charles I was ultimately a happy one – even though it ended in tragedy for them. Choose an unpopular book or character you will always defend…

Maybe not quite so hated now, but I remember how much hate my precious Winterfell baby got while Game of Thrones was popular, for acting either like the teenage girl she was or for acting like someone who might actually want to get through that mess alive. Sansa Stark has been my favourite Game of Thrones character, for both books and the series, right from the start, and is one of my favourite literally characters full stop.

Catherine of Braganza

Originally from Portugal, Catherine was Queen consort of England as the wife of Charles II. The two of them never had any children, but Charles fathered many children with his many mistresses. Choose a book with a protagonist who deserved a better love interest…

Poor Alyssa. She spent the whole Splintered trilogy pretty much torn between two love interests, Morpheous and Jeb, both of which were pretty awful. I enjoyed this series a lot, but I still wish she’d ditched the losers and just ruled Wonderland herself.

Mary of Modena

Mary was the second wife of James II, and the only one of his two wives to be Queen consort, but the couple’s Catholicism made them very unpopular in England. It was widely rumoured that their only son to survive to adulthood, James Francis Edward Stuart, was a changeling who was smuggled into the birthing chamber in a warming pan, so choose a book about the fae…

Lava Red Feather Blue by Molly Ringle combines a modern-feeling world and a proper fae fantasy-land. There’s an epic quest, a brutal queen, a glorious battle, and a fae prince awoken from a centuries-long sleep.

Mary II

Mary was the daughter of James II and his first wife, Anne Hyde, and, most importantly for the English people, she wasn’t Catholic. She married William of Orange in 1677 and became heir presumptive when her uncle, Charles II, died without any legitimate children eight years later. She and William deposed her father in 1688, in what is known as the Glorious Revolution, and ruled England, Scotland and Ireland together, so choose a book written by more than one author…

Again, my first thought is to steal Jess’ pick, Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett (magical, queer fae Power Rangers) which I loved, but I’ll one from my own TBR. Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer sounds utterly magical.

Anne, Queen of Great Britain

Anne was Mary’s younger sister and inherited the throne when Mary and William died without an heir. During her reign the Acts of Union were passed in the Scottish and English Parliaments, making Anne the first monarch of Great Britain and Ireland, so choose a book that fits into more than one genre…

Fantasy world, paranormal creatures and grim noir-detective story, The Last Smile in Sunder City and it’s sequel, Dead Man in a Ditch, are a fascinating blend of genre’s. Both are laced with dry, self-deprecating humour and full of quirky metaphors and great lines.

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