Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for April to June see Meeghans page here.
This week after spending May looking at our reading environments, we have a freebie. Aaaagh!!! As queen of indecision, I hate being given a free choice. There are just too many options. However, as we are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth this week, I thought a royal theme would be appropriate so I’ve gone for 5 books with Queen in the title
It would have been really easy to find 5 fantasy books that I have loved with Queen in the title but I did manage to come up with a couple of others too.
Sue Townsend was from Leicester and was a pupil at the school where I taught for 30 years. I met her when she came to visit us once so she is an author that I feel a real connection to. She is mostly known for The Diaries of Adrian Mole but she wrote other books too and this is one of my favourites.
The novel is based on the idea that the republican party win the election and the royal family are sent to live on a council estate somewhere in the midlands. The tale of how they cope with their new lives is really funny and she casts a very satirical eye on each member of the royal family. It’s possibly a bit dated now but I remember really enjoying it when it was published thirty years ago.
This is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, wife to Edward IV and covers the period from when she catches the eye of the king right up to the Battle of Bosworth where Henry Tudor took the crown. Gregory gives Elizabeth a more sympathetic storyline than she is normally given and this is another great book for anyone who loves that period of English History.
Another historical novel, this time set in the reign of Elizabeth Tudor. I love this series by Rory Clement featuring John Shakespeare, the older brother of the more famous William. This is the sixth book in the series but is actually the first in the order of reading as it covers John’s first job for his master, Sir Francis Walsingham. In this book, the year is 1582 and the young John is sent to investigate rumours of a plot to free Mary Queen of Scots. If you love historical mysteries, this is a fantastic series.
This was the book that inspired my choice of theme for this week. I’ve just finished the prequel to this ‘Beneath the Keep’ and it reminded me of how much I loved this book. It’s definitely on my radar to reread sometime soon.
The 19 year old Princess Kelsea has been raised in exile but now has to go and reclaim her throne. She is supported by loyal members of the Queen’s guard but has to confront a powerful sorceress as well as learn how to rule her country.
My final book is Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. The Valdemar books are one of my all time favourite series and I especially love these early books. Arrows of the Queen is the first book that Mercedes Lackey wrote about Valdemar and tells the story of 14 year old Talia, who is rescued from a forced marriage by one of the legendary Companions of Valdemar and taken to the Collegium. There she discovers that she has been chosen to fulfil one of the most important roles at court.
It’s a coming of age story where a young person is plucked from obscurity to do something amazing but it’s one of the best of its type. There is excitement, danger and romance but there is also sadness which gives a darker edge than some other stories with a similar theme.
That’s my top 5 for this week. Do you have any favourite books with Queen in the title to celebrate this week’s Jubilee?