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Dear Author and fellow history geek,
Hello! And thank you in advance for writing something for me. I'm delighted we share an interest in these people and time periods and am delighted to learn from any insights you can offer me about them!
General likes: humor/snark, plotty fic, canon pairings, retellings or resonance with myth/folklore/etc., worldbuilding, idealism, playing with or twisting tropes, AUs with subtle callbacks to canon, and women being awesome in multiple (not just Strong Female Character, to quote Kate Beaton) ways. I also adore backstory or behind-the-scenes fic, and will always, always love outsider POVs and unreliable narrators. I'm a quick reader, so long fic is totally fine, should the question come up, and I have no particular preferences for POV or tense.
General dislikes: explicit sex/violence/gore, consent issues, fics that hinge solely on hurt/comfort or angst/hopelessness.
Anne Neville Queen of England
Anne Neville, my forever girl :D. I love her to bits, and ship her with Richard like there's no tomorrow, but other aspects of her life I'd love to see explored: dealing with being the privileged Kingmaker's daughter (and Princess of Wales) to a traitor trapped in her brother-in-law's estate/the infamous cookery shop. Her relationship with her mother, which could have only become more twisted when the widowed Countess came north (on the one hand, she was declared legally dead one year after; and on the other, there's this hilarious anecdote four years later about her ordering a fancy golden tablet, likely the Middleham Jewel, and pissing off Richard, which I would dearly love to see Anne's involvement in.) Her sisterhood with Isabel, of course, but also Margaret, her half-sister who was also a participant in her coronation. And/or just give me snarky Richard/Anne banter and I shall be a happy gel:)
Hatshepsut of Egypt
The original woman king. I first met Hatshepsut in Mara, Daughter of the Nile, and as negative as that portrayal is, I loved her nonetheless. I love her success, her cleverness, and her grandeur. But I confess what I'd most love to see explored is her relationship with Senenmut and/or with her daughter Neferure. I find Neferure's assistance of her mother fascinating - she seems to have taken on the ceremonial aspects of the queenship - as well as her sudden disappearance from the historical record. Whatever happened to her? What was her relationship with her mother like? And Senenmut - to me, he and Hatshepsut were the meeting of two equally brilliant and witty minds (yes, I ship them, too, and would love something from their first, sparky meetings as young people) - but what also intrigues me is that in all the portraits I've seen, it's always Senenmut portrayed with Neferure. I've always thought of the three of them making up their own family, even if Neferure and Senenmut aren't biologically related, and also of Senenmut having the more gender-stereotypical role of being associated with the children as compared to Hatshepsut.
Edith Swannesha
This is probably the request I know the least about, but the one that's always puzzled me: Edith Swan-Neck, as I discovered her, was Harold's long-term mistress and effectively his wife, only to be put away for another Edith, Edith of Mercia - but at the same time, Harold seems to have very little interest in his official wife, and apparently returned to Edith Swan-Neck the night before Hastings. At any rate, she's supposedly the one who identified his body - and how awful must that have been. That said, though, before I could think of Edith Swan-Neck as a poor, down-trodden girlfriend, she was apparently one of the richest women in all England and clever and bold enough to rescue Harold's body when even Harold's mother couldn't ransom it. Add to that the proposed identification with Richeldis, who apparently had a vision of the Virgin Mary at Walsingham and established a chapel there, and I am officially intrigued. I'd love anything about her: a young Edith being wooed and won by Harold, her reaction to his (re-)marriage, and/or her walking the battlefield to find and bury his body.
In conclusion, I hope at least some of these prompts help you, dear author, and I look forward to eagerly reading whatever you're created upon reveals!


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