Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten…Frequently Used Words in My Historical Fiction Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles

There are several genres I could have chosen for this topic, however I immediately thought of historical fiction! So here are ten frequently used words in the titles of the historical fiction I have on my shelves:

  1. Queen – I have read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, The Shadow Queen, The Forbidden Queen and The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien and Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir. While I have just finished The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, and I have The Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle, Queen of Love by Christopher Nicole, and Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession and Six Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir on my shelf to read. (10)
  2. Tudor – I have recently read First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson and Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir. While I am looking forward to reading The Tudor Princess by Darcey Bonnette, and Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession and Six Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir. (5)
  3. King – I have read The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien. While I still have The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien, The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnet and Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir on my shelf to read. (4)
  4. Kingmaker – I have read Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims and Kingmaker: Broken Faith by Toby Clements. While I have copies of The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory and Kingmaker: Divided Souls by Toby Clements to read. (4)
  5. Lady – Some years ago now I read The Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn. While I am looking forward to reading The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory and Lady on the Coin by Margaret Campbell Barnes. (3)
  6. White – I have read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson. While I have The White Princess by Philippa Gregory on my shelf to read. (3)
  7. Shadow – Some time ago now I read The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien and Master of Shadows by Neil Oliver. (2)
  8. Red – I just finished reading The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory and a few years ago now I read Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson. (2)
  9. Sister – I have previously read The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien and Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle. (2)
  10. Rose – Some years ago now I read Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson, while I have a copy of Anne, The Rose of Hever by Maureen Peters on my Kindle to read. (2)

Can you think of other historical fiction with these words in their title? Can you think of any other words frequently used in historical fiction titles? Also, please leave a link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.

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29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten…Frequently Used Words in My Historical Fiction Titles

  1. Hahaha – that became like some mad tongue-twister halfway through – or maybe the ultimate drinking game! 😉 I’m currently reading Daughters of the Winter Queen (fact, not fiction, though) so I’m feeling like one of the in-crowd… 🙂

    1. HAHA FF, try writing it! I was boggling myself – I even tried different layouts but it didn’t help! 😀 And I definitely think you are one of the in-crowd with Daughters of the Winter Queen, that has three frequently used words in historical titles in one!

  2. Fascinating! I can’t think of any actual titles but I feel like the words “bride” and “girl” come up often in historical fiction. Maybe I’m not thinking right, but that’s all I got off the top of my head! LOL! 😀 Neat post, Jessica!

    1. Aw thank you Amy – I am so pleased you think my post is neat! 😀 And I think ‘bride’ and ‘girl’ are good choices for historical fiction titles too – there is The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and I have The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson to read. 🙂

  3. Yes, I have a lot of books on my shelves with those words in the titles too, especially king and queen. Princess is another frequently used one in the books I’ve read or am planning to read and I can think of a few with daughter or wife in the title too. Great list this week!

    1. Thank you Helen, it means a lot to hear you think this is a great post, as you are like an historical fiction guru to me! 😀 And I have to agree, I also have one or two titles with ‘princess’ and ‘daughter’ in. although I don’t have any titles with ‘wife’ in, I can see how that might be another frequently used word. In the past, if a woman wasn’t a queen or princess she was simply someone’s wife or daughter!

    1. Thank you Leslie – I am surprised to hear that mine is the first post on historical fiction you’ve seen, as I would have thought it was an obvious one for frequently used words. Heading over to check out your TTT post now! 😀

  4. That’s an interesting post. I only started to read historical fiction recently, so I only have another title for your list with the words queen and sister in it: Three Sisters, Three Queens, by Philippa Gregory.

    Another book I read recently is Game of Queens, by Sarah Gristwood but there’s no fiction in it, only historical facts so technically, it wouldn’t make it into this list.

    1. Irene, as you can see I have some of Philippa Gregory’s titles in my post, however I have not heard of Three Sisters, Three Queens before. Thank you for sharing 🙂 And yes, I’m afraid Game of Queens by Sarah Gristwood wouldn’t count this time as I decided to go for fiction, but I can think of fair few non-fictions with ‘queen’ and ‘king’ in their titles too! 😀

    1. Thank you Fran 😀 It very interesting to see you can think of so many historical titles with ‘queen’ and ‘king’ in – re-affirming that they should be at the top of my list. I have heard of The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory, bot all the others are new to me. Heading over to check out your post now 🙂

      1. I liked The King’s Curse because it tied together some of the themes from the Plantagenet series and the Tutor series. You should check it out when you get a chance.

    1. Hello Anastasia, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face and I agree, ‘war’ must be a popular work in historical titles too. Happy TTT! 😀

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