Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Characters


Welcome back for another round of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can read more about Top Ten Tuesday and its previous topics here.

Up this week: Books Which Feature Characters Who…

This week is a bit of a freebie. We are to pick characters who… something. Anything. Strong female characters, perhaps. Or characters dealing with loss or depression. The list goes on and on. I chose books with characters who are historical because I’m finishing up Wolf Hall and Thomas Cromwell is on my mind.

This list includes a few of Shakespeare’s histories, a nice chunk of the Tudor period, a couple Lost Generation artists, and a random gem. I’ve left out explanations this time around because of time, but just know that I’m fascinated by the time periods for most of these books, and Burial Rites was simply phenomenal and I learned a lot from it.

In order of historical date…

1. Henry IV in Henry IV by William Shakespeare

2. Henry V in Henry V by William Shakespeare

3. Richard III in Richard III by William Shakespeare


4. Katherine of Aragon in The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

5. Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

6. Mary Boleyn (and Anne, I guess) in The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory


7. Mary, Queen of Scots in The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

8. Agnes Magnusdottir in Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

9. Eva Gouel in Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

10. Hadley Richardson in The Paris Wife by Paula McLain



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