Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week's topic is "Best Character Names". Forget all those fantasy/paranormal/whatever names fluttering around, there are plenty of unusual/uncommon names found in all sorts of beautiful non-fiction books that I am happy to share. Today I am focusing on three figures from history, some pretty bad-ass women who have amazing stories to tell.
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Eleanor of Aquitaine
Okay, so this name is not unusual, and is kind of making a comeback (something that distresses me to no end). But one of the things that makes her name special is that it is possible she was the very first Eleanor. (I find some variations to the story, so this is not a 100% for-sure thing). However, Eleanor's mother's name was Aénor. Eleanor was named Alíenor, literally meaning 'another Aénor'. Also, Aquitaine in itself is pretty neat.
While the name is a mouthful, she is a most intriguing figure from the long-ago days when the Anglo-Saxons ruled and William the Bastard was still nearly two centuries away from setting foot on England's soil. Aethelflaed was the first-born child of my fave king, Alfred the Great and there is some interesting research out there about her that shows perhaps she learned a thing or two military-wise from her father. When her husband died in 911, she became known as 'Lady of Mercia' and sought out her brother Edward the Elder as a partner so they could rule their respective kingdoms with aid from one another and attempted to further their father's idea of a united England - something that would come to fruition during the rule of Edward's son Athelstan.
Boudicca, Bouddica, Boudica, Boudecea
I have said, more than once, that my little lady is extremely lucky that I discovered Eleanor of Aquitaine before I learned about the mighty queen of the Iceni, Bouddica. And for the record, there are so many spellings even I use them interchangeably because honestly, it is easy to lose track of the number of consonants and vowels when one is typing quickly. Whether Bouddica's story is true or not, whether she was a warrior who rallied the tribes around her and defeated the Romans twice, rather completely before being routed in a third meeting and subsequently losing her own like (either from illness or suicide), the story is A-MAY-ZING. However, given the fact that her revolt was written about by both Tacitus and Cassius Dio, I am inclined to believe she existed. Not to mention the fact that there is a whole layer of earth in both Colchester and London referred to as the 'Boudiccan Layer' or 'Boudiccan Destruction Horizon' that reveals her presence the complete decimation she and her followers brought down upon the two Roman-controlled cities at the time. Her story is so intriguing, it is a shame we don't know more of it.
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