Welcome to the Tudor Queens Book Tag. It was created by the wonderful Jess @ Jessticulates. Definitely go check out her blog!
Elizabeth of York
Elizabeth of York became the first Tudor queen when she married Henry VII in 1486, a marriage which brought an end to the Wars of the Roses. Even though their match grew into a genuine love match, Henry had to kill Elizabeth’s own uncle, Richard III, at the Battle of Bosworth to become king, so choose a book with a complicated family
I’m answering this question with this oldie but goldie. City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series definitely has its fair share of complicated family. Both Clary as well as Jace definitely have some complicated family, not to mention some of the other characters. It’s complicated family all around!
Katherine of Aragon
Katherine was the first of Henry VIII’s six wives, and when Henry sought to divorce her she fought until the bitter end to remain his queen. It was a battle she ultimately lost. Choose a book you forced yourself to finish even though you weren’t enjoying it
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is one of those books that in my humble opinion didn’t even needed to be published. The story had no point, the characters made me want to pull my hair out and the audio just really sucked. The only thing I did like was learning a little more about the early Hunger Games but that was it. Ugh.
Henry was so enamoured by his second queen that he broke away from Rome and founded his own church just so he could marry her, but when she didn’t give him the son she promised he sent poor Anne to her death. Choose a book you used to love but wouldn’t love as much if you read it again now
When I first read The Selection I gave it 5 stars but the second and third book totally ruined the series for me and made me hate everything about it. I never read any of the other books either because I just don’t care anymore but I still get a little annoyed when I see this series anywhere.
Queen number three was only queen for a year and a half. She gave Henry the son he longed for, but died days later. Choose a book that was short and sweet
Michelle Diener’s short story The Rising Wave in the anthology of Warlords, Witches & Wolves was as usual a great one. It’s a great little prequel to a new fantasy series of hers that I’m super excited for. And I’m set to read the first book as soon as I finish my current read.
Anne of Cleves
Henry chose to marry his fourth queen after only seeing a portrait of her. Choose a book you bought/read because of the cover
This version of The Iliad and the Odyssey was a Christmas gift so I didn’t buy it myself but I did put it on my Christmas wishlist because I took one look at this cover and was in love. This is SUCH a gorgeous edition!
Henry’s fifth queen was the youngest of his wives and the least experienced for life at court. When she was accused of adultery, Henry sent her to the block. Choose a book with a forbidden romance
I’m gonna go with two for this one. Vampire Academy and Bloodlines are both favorite series of mine and both have forbidden romance! Once again oldies but goldies but these books and the characters still have my heart.
Katherine has long been remembered as Henry’s sixth wife, but what she should be remembered for is being the first woman to publish an English book in England under her own name. Choose a book about books
Books about books are the actual best and the Between the Lines duology is one of the cutest ever! It’s written by the amazing Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer. It’s a romantic contemporary fairy tale!
Lady Jane Grey
Poor Jane was forced onto the throne to prevent her Catholic cousin, Mary, from taking charge in what had become a Protestant country. Mary brought an end to her reign after only nine days, and poor Jane paid the ultimate price for the position she’d been put in by the men around her when Mary sent her to the block. Choose a book that ended too soon
Sorcery of Thorns is a decent sized book but when I finished I wanted more and I still do. It’s a standalone but I wish this would’ve been a series. It’s one of my all time favorite books!
Commonly know as Bloody Mary, Mary restored England to Catholicism and, during her four year reign, burned over 300 Protestants at the stake. Choose a book you would burn every copy of
This was a tough one because I already mentioned A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as well as The Selection but eventually a thought of I Hate and I Love which has some of Catullus’ work. He was a Roman poet and all I can say is the dude had issues.
Though Anne Boleyn failed to give Henry a son, the daughter she gave him would rule England for 44 years and bring about what was known as The Golden Age. Choose a book with a royal main character
The first book coming to mind was Lily of The Nile. It has as main character princess Selene, the daughter of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. It’s an amazing book written by one of my favorite authors and this is yet another reminder to myself that I need to continue the series.
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