Katherine of Aragon (16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) was Queen of England from June 1509 until May 1533 as the first wife of King Henry VIII. The youngest daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, Catherine was three years old when she was betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the English throne. They married in 1501, but Arthur died five months later on 2 April 1502. In 1507, she held the position of ambassador of the Aragonese Crown in England, the first female ambassador in European history. Catherine married Arthur’s younger brother, Henry VIII, in 1509. For six months in 1513, she served as regent of England while Henry VIII was in France. During that time the English won the Battle of Flodden, an event in which Catherine played an important part with an emotional speech about English courage. By 1525, Henry VIII was infatuated with Anne Boleyn and dissatisfied that his marriage to Catherine had produced no surviving sons, leaving their daughter, Mary, as heir presumptive. When Pope Clement VII refused to annul the marriage, Henry defied him by assuming supremacy over religious matters. In 1533 their marriage was consequently declared invalid and Henry married Anne. Catherine refused to accept Henry as Supreme Head of the Church in England and considered herself the King’s rightful wife and queen. But she was acknowledged only as Dowager Princess of Wales by Henry. After being banished from court, she lived out the remainder of her life at Kimbolton Castle, and died there on 7 January 1536. English people held Catherine in high esteem, and her death set off tremendous mourning. The controversial book The Education of a Christian Woman by Juan Luis Vives, which claimed women have the right to an education, was commissioned by and dedicated to her. She successfully appealed for the lives of the rebels involved in the Evil May Day, for the sake of their families. Catherine also won widespread admiration by starting an extensive programme for the relief of the poor. She was a patron of Renaissance humanism, and a friend of the great scholars Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More.
Adam Birkholtz grew up knowing he has an arranged marriage to the Prince of Canada. But his betrothed has never allowed his face (or name) to be known by the public, so he has no idea who he’s actually engaged to. In the mean time, he can’t help but start to fall in love with his best friend.
Prince Justin adopted a fake last name and has hid himself from the public for so long because he wants to live his life like a normal person. He just wants to go to college, make real friends and play some hockey without the pressures that come with having the Royal Name. He wasn’t expecting to meet his fiancé along the way. He definitely wasn’t expecting them to become best friends. And he most certainly wasn’t expecting to fall in love.
* we have no idea how the team reacts to losing shiro, this scene is never shown
* despite all keith and red went thru last season he still becomes the black paladin, red lion who???? Don’t know her
* allura has to Learn to Respect Keith’s Leadership Skills because Not All Galra ™. She probably has to apologize to him too and even though she’s obviously a more experienced and capable leader than he is she takes a backseat while Keith leads the team
* hunk saves the day by eating in one episode
* lance flirts with every Girl in the show (none of these girls have names or speaking lines except the one who kisses him)
* they each get like 2 minutes of development in the whole season
* staff makes it seem as if they’re a way bigger deal than they actually are, getting us all hyped up for the new season and then… it’s season 2 again
* Keith’s mom shows up in a flashback, turns out she’s dead. Her whole personality is being beautiful and dead that’s it that’s all we’re given
* but Keith’s dad is still alive !!!1 and he’s a fully fledged character with a detailed backstory and interesting motivations
(* Fandom ships him with everyone)
* speaking of
* he’s there
* he’s fuckin horrible. Murders someone every episode. Fandom uses the “you’re doing amazing sweetie” reaction pic endlessly for each of these. Everyone thinks he’s gay because he has long hair, is evil, and is (god help me) Hot
* he’s also shipped with Everyone
* naturally he gets more development and screen time than hunk and lance put together I mean like that’s even a question
* turns out he was betrothed to allura before Altea fell and he Never Got Over It
* it’s creepy as shit but we have no idea how allura takes it because this is used to further Keith’s character development not hers
* pidge finds Matt, this either takes a single episode or half the season, and now the two of them have to find their father. He’s probably wherever lance and hunks characterization went.
* there’s a couple in the background of one scene and it’s implied they’re a Gay. This is the LGBT rep they were talking about. They pat themselves on the back for this and never bring up LGBT rep again.
* allura has to keep dealing with the not all galra storyline, she has to learn to accept them and love them ™ because all hate is Bad… live and let live… imagine all the people living life in peace…
* the last episode is a cliffhanger but this time it’s shiro who has returned, only when he opens his eyes they’re yellow like in that vision he had with Hagar back in s1
!! Oikawa's outfit to show off his betrothal necklace is so cute! He looks so proud (and Iwa-chan looks so embarrassed haha), your art is amazing! Thank you for drawing more atla AU for them. You literally made my day~ I hope you have a good day too and see lots of good iwaoi <3<3
THANK YOU!! more Iwaois for you all guys, you’re the best
I LOVE these fics and wish there were more! PLEASE let me know if there are more, I absolutely adore this AU! Thanks for this request! (Also, I know what the Regency Period and Victorian Era are in different time periods but I thought I would put them together in one list! If you want some different time period fics you can find them here, and if you want some royalty fics you can find them here!)
Healthy Improprietyby mtothedestiel, Explicit, 29k Victor is the wealthy master of the Nikiforov estate. At a society party he’s swept off his feet by the mysterious, suave, and very drunk Katsuki Yuuri. Victor aims to declare his love and secure Mr. Katsuki’s hand in marriage, but first he has to find him! I LOVE THIS FIC SO MUCH
what remains of the dance by dyules, Gen, 1.6k Viktor Nikiforov, head butler of Feltsman Court, falls in love with the visiting young viscount’s new dancing master. Cute!
King Maker by aquaselution, Teen, 12k (WIP) Yuuri, Crown Prince of Glaciena and Victor’s betrothed, had been missing for ten years only to be found at an obscure inn in a quiet coastal town. But he does not remember Victor and he does not think he is fit to rule the Kingdom. Great fic so far!
Masks off by emulikule, Teen, 27k And so the story goes that a playboy comes to a town, makes it fall in love with him and then proceeds to get himself enticed by the most mysterious person there. Wait… did it really go like that? SO GOOD
Private Theatricals by Watergaw, Gen, 1.4k Mr Victor Nikiforov, rich, handsome, accomplished, and quite the most eligible bachelor in four counties, has a problem. His friend Giacometti has a solution. VERY cute, and amazing use of Regency Period language!
↳ Pt 1 (1/10) Pairing: Jimin x reader Genre: Inspired by Ever After | Royal; Arranged Marriage AU. Information: Recommended song here.I have uploaded this onto my Wattpad and A03 if it looks familiar ayoo. Raiona in Māori means lion <3 Happy reading. → Summary: You refuse to marry the youngest prince of the Raiona Kingdom.
Sorting through letters, it finally begins to sink through the valves of your heart. You were nothing but currency to the royal family, expendable to royal intermarriage for the sake of forming an alliance; an act that would bond faraway kingdoms together; a kinship of sorts.
Stiles listened to the latest musicians that Derek had brought to court to play for him with a wide smile and a thankfully small amount of hand movements. They were, as all the artists that Derek presented to him with startling frequency and fervor were, wonderfully talented, and playing a piece that had been commissioned just for him.
Sometimes, Stiles thought that his husband’s gifts and ever increasing support of Stiles’ interests might mean that his own feelings of deep abiding love may be returned by his king, but in his more reasonable moments he knew his love was unreturned. Derek had always been a generous and attentive man, even as a child he would allow Stiles to choose their activities and humor him in his frequent schemes. When Stiles proposed that they sneak into the castle kitchens to steal some of their favorite cakes, Derek rolled his eyes fondly (“They’re my kitchens, Stiles! And yours as well!” “Yes, but we aren’t meant to be in there now, silly!”) and acquiesced with enthusiasm as they tiptoed around the halls and into the pantry.
The head cook had found them covered in icing and failing to contain their laughter.
Thinking of it now brings a warm glow to Stiles’ chest even as it sets off a cascade of similarly joyful memories of growing up as Derek’s best friend. They were so close that Stiles had never considered that he would marry anyone else, though when he was old enough to understand that he was in fact Derek’s intended, the betrothal sent a panic through him. How could he ever think that a union with a man he loved so deeply, but could only look upon him as a dear friend, would bring him anything but heartache?
In the end, Stiles had decided that life without romantic love but with Derek by his side was far better than life away from the man who reigned in his heart.
Sitting now, beside his husband, ensconced in ornately carved thrones with soft velvet cushions, Derek’s arm resting close enough to his own that he can feel the warmth radiating from him, seeing his friends in court smiling and enjoying the music created just for him, Stiles knows he’s exactly where he wants to be. Even Boyd and Isaac, their usually stoic guards appeared to be enjoying themselves, though each man was regarding their kings with indecipherable looks.
Stiles takes a deep breath and turns to his husband only to find Derek looking back at him, a smile curving his lips in a way that still makes Stiles’ heart flutter. He can feel his own grin widen in response as Derek’s eyebrows raise in question. “Are you pleased, my dear husband?”
Stiles’ heart stutters then gallops at the thoughts that assail him, all the ways he’d like to please his king, the oft imagined looks of pleasure he’d like to paint upon Derek’s beloved face. He must get lost in thinking about how Derek’s skin would feel beneath his hands, because Derek’s brow furrows in concern. “Stiles? Is something the matter?”
“No, my king,” Stiles hurries to reassure, “I was simply trying to decide how best to tell you how perfectly lovely this evening has been thus far.”
Derek’s smile is so bright it puts the castle’s chandeliers to shame, and Stiles feels an elated pride bubble in his chest.
“I am exceedingly happy to hear you say so,” Derek says genuinely, the radiant smile still in place and the corners of his beautiful eyes crinkling slightly. The way Derek looks at him then, his entire regard focused on Stiles and the force of his honest joy makes Stiles forget that they are a couple bound by duty and friendly affection. It makes him believe for a moment that they share a love that will inspire artists for decades.
It emboldens him, and he places his hand over Derek’s, suppressing a shiver when Derek moves ever so slightly so that his thumb can run lightly over the outside of his pinkie. “I am exceedingly happy that you are exceedingly happy,” Stiles teases.
After another long moment simply getting lost in watching one another, a particularly evocative piece of the song draws Stiles’ attention and he turns to see how those gathered to dance interpret it. He can feel Derek still watching him, and it turns his smile small and private as he ducks his head briefly. Derek’s hand is still warm and real under his own, and as the evening stretches into night, it remains there, tapping the occasional rhythm against Stiles’ hand, their fingers eventually entwining.
Neither dares acknowledge it, but neither do they pull away. When it is time to applaud, the lost contact is nearly unbearable. When their hands automatically settle back together, Stiles feels like he’s soaring.
As a gay man, I really love gay books and here are some of my favorites:
The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling; This is easily my favorite series I’ve ever read, and it consists of seven books and a short story collection. The story revolves around two spies, who are both bisexual (although the word does not exist in the universe in which it is set). It’s a fantasy setting that is incredibly fleshed out and, thus, feels very real. The two main characters begin as teacher and protege but, as the story progresses and they are on more equal footing, they become lovers. There is a large cast of multi-dimensional characters, a well-developed story, and lots of action and political intrigue.
Bonds of Earth by G.N Chevalier; This one takes place right after WWI. The narrator is a gay man who fought in the war and was scarred by it. His life mostly revolves around sexual pleasure as a means to forget about his experiences. His uncle finds out that he’s gay and forces him to leave New York and his job in a bath house there. He becomes a gardener on an estate that houses a reclusive man, who was badly injured in the war. They do not get along to begin with, but with some coaxing from the housekeeper’s granddaughter, they are brought into each others’ orbits and are forced to work together. The narrator worked in a hospital helping wounded soldiers and he uses his experience to help the man who lives on the estate and their relationship progresses the longer they spend time together. The story is very sweet and shows the characters bettering each other.
Immortal Quest by Alexandra MacKenzie; The story take place in modern-day London, but with the edition of secret immortal mages. A detective encounters a thief who claims to know the detective from the detective’s past lives. He also claims he’s an immortal mage who is 500 years-old. The mage asks for the detective’s assistance in helping him contain an evil mage who he’s accidentally released. The detective begrudgingly comes with and, slowly, recovers memories of his past lives. He’s been reincarnated many times and the mage has kept track of him through each life. He sometimes remembers his past lives and sometimes not. There is a lot of humor in this one–the mages are almost all stockbrokers, if I remember correctly, because they’re used to serving the rich and powerful, and have magic that is basically useless with modern technology. The characters are sarcastic and snarky but at the same time complement each other well.
Malachite by Kirby Crow; This one takes place in a matriarchal world in a society that consists of only criminal and outcast men. (I was not so keen on the idea at first but I was convinced as I read it.)
Being a society of all men, men have relationships with each other. The story is told from three men’s perspective, two of which are former gang members who were forced into their gang as children, and the other who is much younger and the son of the most powerful man in the city. The former gang members used to be lovers and together brought down the gang which they were once a part of. They have since parted ways but there are many hard feelings between them. One has worked his way up in society and is engaged to the son previously mentioned, and the other spends his days drinking and having sex and thinking about his previous lover. The character relations are really great and the world is captivating, plus there is a polyamorous relationship between three men. Also, Tris is one of my favorite characters from anything ever.
The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff; Another fantasy novel that’s a pretty typical fantasy quest story. There are three main characters–a thief, a prince, and a wizard who happens to also be a princess. The prince and princess are betrothed but neither wants to be with the other. The three end up together by fate and go on a quest to retrieve the stone which was stolen from the prince’s kingdom and which is the only thing keeping the volcano in the city at bay. The story includes an asexual princess and two men who are attracted to men. There’s a decent amount of world-building, which I liked, and the story is very fast-paced.
I was wondering if you came across any "arranged marriage" pics? For some reason those have really been my jam lately. Love this blog!
Thanks for these requests! I think I have a few here that fit what you’re looking for!
Arranged Marriage AU
Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon by OathKeeper, Explicit, 17k (WIP) Prince Yuuri, heir to the throne, is in an arranged marriage with Princess Mila. The only problem is that Yuuri’s attracted to men, and Mila’s attracted to women. Oh, and her brother, Prince Victor, is really attractive. I’m obsessed!
Spring and Winter by MidnightCrow, Teen, 8.4k (WIP) Viktor is the beloved second prince of the spring kingdom, Yuuri is the shy prince of the winter kingdom, in order to prevent war between their two kingdoms Viktor is sent to the court of his enemy as a peace offering, a husband for their own prince. Can flowers even bloom in frozen ground? Love this!
The Rules For Lovers by ADreamingSongbird, Teen, 22k (WIP) Prince Yuuri Katsuki has a duty to his country, above all else, and he knows this alliance will help to ensure the safety of his people. That’s the only reason he accepts Prince Nikiforov’s hand in marriage. The pleasant surprise, of course, is the part where they fall in love along the way. The unpleasant one, well… that’s a long story. Great fic so far!
There’s a Rumor in Saint Petersburg by MagicalGirl15, Teen, 5.8k (WIP) Viktor Nikiforov, the prince of Saint Petersburg, now twenty-eight years of age, needs to find a suitor appropriate enough to please his father, the king, and continue the blue blooded Nikiforov line. What happens when he meets an attractive peasant in town and sees him in secret? Rec’d by a follower!
My Name On Your Lips by feelslikefire, Explicit, 44k (WIP) Victor Nikiforov has finally returned home, and Yuuri is being summoned to the capital for their wedding. He needs a plan to put off marriage long enough to find a way to break the betrothal, while keeping his practicing from being discovered. A/B/O elements, if that’s your thing!
born to make it happen by norgbelulah, Teen, 15k Victor is pleased Yuuri has accepted his proposal of marriage. Yuuri is anxious they’re rushing into things. Matters are complicated when they realize they will have to convince literally everyone else it’s a good idea. Lovely fic!
King Maker by aquaselution, Teen, 7.8k (WIP) Yuuri, Crown Prince of Glaciena and Victor’s betrothed, had been missing for ten years only to be found at an obscure inn in a quiet coastal town. But he does not remember Victor and he does not think he is fit to rule the Kingdom. Great fic so far!
Melody of the Sky by Kagami_Sorak, Teen, 21k (WIP) In which Yuuri is an omega but ignores his secondary gender because he can and bitchslapps the alpha king more often than necessary because Victor needs to be put down from his high horse and they slowly fall in love while dealing with more problems than they need. I haven’t read this yet, but it sounds like a great fic if you like A/B/O elements!
Imagine Loki falling in love with one of his servants. Who so happened to be a lost daughter to a powerful family, and has lost her memory. The only thing keeping them apart is his betrothal to another realm Daughter to keep the peace with Asgard. This princess is madly in love with Loki to the point of contemplating on killing Thor. So that Loki many take the throne! ( inspiration from Hellfire :“> )