Queens are known as regal, elegant people who smile beautifully and wear gorgeous clothes and jewels. They also have nerves of steel and a take-no-crap attitude. Did you know that Catherine of Aragon commissioned a book about promoting equal education for women? Back in the 1500s that was quite a scandal! Did you know that Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Alice of Battenberg, sheltered Jewish refugees during World War II? After her death she was known as a “Hero of the Holocaust.” Princess Alice of Battenberg married and ruled with Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. She was quite a bit more than an ornament for her husband’s arm.
Lauren created a book display celebrating these women and their nerves of steel! We have books about the super-famous queens like Queen Elizabeth I and II, Queen Victoria, and Cleopatra, but we also have books on Catherine the Great, Esther, and Margaret of Scotland. We even have a few fictional queens who reign over fantasy worlds, if you’re looking for a more fantastical read.
Some of Lauren’s favorite titles on the display are:
Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
And don’t forget about our digital collection!
Libby has several more books about some amazing political geniuses like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Queen Isabella of Castile. If warrior queens are more your speed, check out Freading’s titles on Boudica (also sometimes spelled Boudicca, Boadicea, and Boudicea – no, seriously) the fierce Celtic Queen who led an uprising against the invading Romans.