It's Royal Wedding Day!
I got up at 4 a.m. this morning to see the press coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It was so exciting to me and I was thrilled to be a part of it. I enjoyed sharing it with my children today. I really just loved every second of it.
Royalty is present all over the place in literature. Kings, queens, princes, and princesses are a large part of some of the best and most-loved stories of our time. In honor of the Royal Wedding today AND just because it is Friday, I have made up a little list of a few of my favorite literary kings and queens...
The Friday Five:
Kings and Queens
1. Wrath, Son of Wrath from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. - Also known as the Blind King, Wrath is the last pureblood vampire of his kind. He is initially hesitant to take his rightful place on the throne, but eventually sees his importance to his race as the Lessers begin to wage war on humans and vampires alike. He is fair and just, and he loves his wife. He is intensely loyal, and the members of the Brotherhood are loyal to him as well. In Dark Lover, Wrath is the first member of the Brotherhood to have his story told.
2. King Iorek Byrnison from the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. - Iorek Byrnison is the armored bear who befriends and protects Lyra Belacqua in The Golden Compass. He is incredibly strong and a very hard worker. He is the rightful heir to the throne in his homeland of Svalbard but is unable to ascend the throne because he is in exile after an altercation with another bear which resulted in the other bear's loss of life. Iorek ends up returning to his homeland and challenging the king. He is restored to his rightful position as The Bear King after a long and difficult battle. (Iorek Byrnison is one of my favorite characters in any book, ever. This is interesting because normally, I do not care for animals that talk and wear clothes. Iorek stole my heart and still holds it. I adore The Bear King.)
3. The King and Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. - I love The Queen of Hearts because she is perpetually grumpy and yells "Off with their heads!" all the time. Her husband, The King of Hearts, spends much of his time pardoning her subjects after they have been sentenced to beheading. He spends his time smoothing over her mood swings. I love the way The Queen of Hearts has been portrayed in the various movies about Alice and her adventures, and I always love the image she is given. She and her king are just fun.
4. Queen Bitterblue of Monsea from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. - Queen Bitterblue of Monsea is initially introduced to us while she is still a princess. Bitterblue runs away, along with her mother (Queen Ashen) in an effort to escape King Leck but Queen Ashen is killed in the escape attempt. Bitterblue is rescued by Katsa and together they make the nearly impossible journey from Monsea to Lienid in an effort to spare Bitterblue's life. When King Leck is killed by Katsa, Bitterblue returns to Monsea and assumes the throne as the Queen. Bitterblue is a very resilient and tough kid, and the fact that she survives thru the harsh terrain of the Monsean mountains only to return to her kingdom right away ready to take her place on the throne makes her a very interesting character. I cannot wait until the third book in the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, which will be Bitterblue's story.
5. Max, the "king of all wild things" from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. - This may be my favorite king from any story. Max is a small child who is punished for goofing off and being mischievous by his mother. He is sent to bed without dinner. His imagination gives birth to the land of the Wild Things and he is made their king...until he begins to miss his mother and his home. He returns to his bedroom and ends up being able to eat his dinner after all. I LOVE this story. I LOVE Max. He is an absolute kid, even being depicted as wearing an animal costume throughout the story. I love the way he acts tough in the beginning of the book and by the end, he is homesick for his mother.