A Cavalcade of Queens

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Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/4/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, May 04, 2021
I found this ex-library hardcover at a local Savers thrift shop. It's an entertaining mix of historical and fictional queens, represented in poems, excerpts, and illustrations. I was pleased to see a couple of entries from Farjeon's book Kings and Queens, a copy of which is on my keeper shelf with the inscription "From Gramma, to start your library, 1952" - yep, my very first book! That one contains a series of poems summing up the reigns of England's kings and queens, through George V, and some of the rhymes have stuck in my memory even now. Most notably this one, which is included in Cavalcade of Queens:

“Bluff King Hal was full of beans;
He married half a dozen queens;
For three called Kate they cried the banns,
And one called Jane, and a couple of Annes…”

It's definitely a handy way to keep track of Henry VIII's wives! (The rest of the poem goes into more detail about the fates of each: "Anne of Cleves was Number Four; her portrait thrilled him to the core - but when he met her face to face, another royal divorce took place.")

The book includes some very charming commentary between the co-authors about some of the items included here; sounds like they had a lovely working relationship.

Entries include an Andrew Lang fairy tale, "The Billy Goat and the King"; the story "Royal Blue" by co-author William Mayne, in which a queen sends a trespassing boy on an errand - some awkward class-system bits here that definitely put the queen in a less-than-stellar light; a section on "Mistresses of the Robes" in which court records describe the more spectacular garb of Empress Eugenie of France, Queen Victoria, and the coronation dress of QEII. And there's much more!

Released 1 mo ago (5/11/2021 UTC) at Little Free Library, Craig Dr. in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA


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*** Released for the 2021 Royalty challenge. ***

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