[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: These few days' wonder
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kerrypolka
Play: 2 Henry VI
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Humphrey Gloucester/Eleanor Cobham; Henry VI, Suffolk and Somerset, Margaret of Anjou
Warnings: swears
Rating: 15+
Summary: Look, you try to run a studio with Henry Junior's name on the deed and Beaufort and Pole breathing down your neck and see how far it gets you. Old Hollywood AU.

Of all the ladies, Miss Holly was the only one who'd talked to me like I was a person instead of a prop. )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: The sky above us shoots to kill
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Play: 3 Henry VI
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist
Characters / Pairings: Richard the not yet III
Warnings: profanity, violence, drunkenness, ableist language, period-accurate misogyny, an excess of (canonical) severed heads, raging misanthropy
Rating: M
Summary: Father used to say the rules were different west of the Mississippi. He wasn't wrong.
Notes: Title comes from the song 'Thistle & Weeds' by Mumford & Sons. As per the prompt, this is based on Richard's soliloquy from 3 Henry VI, Act III, Scene II. It is also, however, an AU set in California c. 1875 because the author recently discovered the brilliance that is Deadwood and, if one thinks about it hard enough, it makes a shocking amount of sense.

Father used to say the rules were different west of the Mississippi. )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist
Plays: Henry VI Parts 2-3, Henry IV Part 1
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] gehayi
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Richard [the not yet] III; Margaret/Suffolk; Margaret/Henry; Edmund Mortimer; Lady Mortimer; the rest of the York family; Bolingbroke; Margaret Jourdain; 'a bard of Ireland'.
Warnings: moderate violence and gore; one bit of icky non-consensual panty-sniffing; about as much fidelity towards Shakespeare!canon as Shakespeare had towards history!canon.
Rating: 15
Summary: Kind of like 'Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer', if 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' contained considerably more necromancers, pirates, blood, death, sexual perversion and, of course, Plantagenets.

'... but why not?' The Duke of York smiled, and laid his hand on his wife's shoulder. )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: The Bear and the Shooting Star
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Play: 2 and 3 Henry VI
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen
Characters / Pairings: Warwick, Oxford
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 2285
Summary: John de Vere learns lessons in kingmaking and treason from the best.
Notes: Title comes from the badges worn respectively by Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (the Bear and Ragged Staff) and John de Vere, Earl of Oxford (the Streaming Star). All usual disclaimers about Shakespeare's wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey approach to historical dates and people apply. Thanks so, so much to [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 and [livejournal.com profile] rosamund for getting me to the end and beta-reading, and to [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen for the brilliant prompt -- I tried to do it justice.

The Bear and the Shooting Star )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen
Play: 2 Henry VI
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] gehayi
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Queen Margaret(/Suffolk), Eleanor Cobham/Humphrey of Gloucester, Margery Jourdain
Warnings: References to cat murder, magically induced abortion, and magically problematic consent.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In the Wars of the Roses, any advantage must be cultivated--including magic.

Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Not one, but two!

As is evident from the nature of the exchange, both of these fics have AU settings.

For Truth, For Duty, and for Loyalty (Richard III) by [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen - Richard of Gloucester has a plan for the planet of Albia, and Ratcliffe wants to be part of it. Science fiction AU. Featuring art by [livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair.

Delirien (1 Henry VI) by [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire - In the giddy years of the early twentieth century, the families of York and Lancaster seem to have come to an uneasy truce when Humphrey Lancaster befriends young Richard York and offers him a chance to mend his wrecked fortunes. What neither of them anticipates is the war that will destroy everything they know. Featuring a fanmix by [livejournal.com profile] cherith and art by [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen.

Both links are to the index pages, which include information about the artists as well.
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: The Booke of Oure Foundresses

Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist
Play: Henry VI Part 2
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] roz_mcclure
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Margaret/Suffolk
Warnings: Quite a lot of exuberant sex, not very graphically described; egregious anachronism; a smidgeon of melancholy, and some heavy-handed dramatic irony.

Rating: 15

Historical Notes:
- Margaret calls Suffolk Jack or Jackanapes because Wikipedia says his nickname was Jack Napes, so it must be true.
- Queens' College Cambridge was founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou, refounded in 1465 by Elizabeth Woodville and in 1484, Richard said the college existed by the "patronage of our aforesaid consort".
Note of ThanksThanks to my beta readers [livejournal.com profile] atreic and [livejournal.com profile] borusa.
Summary: Margaret tries to go off for a dirty weekend with Suffolk, but ends up accidentally founding a college instead.

To whosoever discovers this volume, a warning. )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: Broken Music
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Play: Henry VI and Richard III
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] assimbya
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Margaret of Anjou and Lady Anne Neville
Rating: PG13
Warnings: None
Summary: Edward had requested--he had not begged; her son would never beg, not if she could help it--that she be kind to his bride. And so Margaret would. For his sake. And, perhaps, in memoriam, for a young French princess who had crossed the sea to marry a man she had never met for an alliance she did not understand.
Notes: The plays contradict themselves regarding the ages and birth order of Anne and Isabel Neville; Anne is described as the eldest in 3HVI, and in R3 as the younger. I will be following R3, which reflects the historically correct order. Title comes from Henry V, V.ii.240. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rosamund and [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 for beta-reading!

Broken Music )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Teach Your (Parents and) Children Well
Author: [livejournal.com profile] aris_tgd
Play: First tetralogy + Henry V
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Characters: Richard Plantagenet (York), Richard Earl of Cambridge, Richard
Warnings: None beyond canon; if you, reader, feel as though some ought to
be added please let me know.
Rating: PG
Summary: Fatherhood and filial responsibility in a time of dynastic war.

This was wrong. )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: The Further Education of a Christian Prince; or, Why everything that happened afterward was the fault of Humphrey of Gloucester
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Play: Somewhere during 1 Henry VI.
Character(s): John, Duke of Bedford; Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester; Henry VI
Summary: In the end, they both had to do it. It was possibly the most excruciating half-hour in the lives of both brothers. And that included Agincourt.
Notes: This is utter and complete crackfic, though with a surprisingly sober ending--it has come to my attention that no fic involving Henry VI can possibly end well. Title is an adaptation of Erasmus' Education of a Christian Prince. This fic is the fault of [livejournal.com profile] angevin2, who was kind enough to beta-read it for me. ;) And, yes, it also has footnotes.

This is what happens when you spend far too much time talking about the hangups of members of the House of Lancaster. )
Notes )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Because the fabulous ficathon apparently wasn't enough. ;)

Title: Circles in the Water
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Fandom / Character: Shakespeare, first history tetralogy / Cecily Neville, Duchess of York
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Nothing explicit, but a very high body count. Spoilers for all three parts of Henry VI, Richard III, and the last forty years of the fifteenth century.
Prompt: #9. Guard your honour. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards. -- Lois McMaster Bujold
Summary: 'Long die thy happy days before thy death, / And, after many length'ned hours of grief, / Die neither mother, wife, nor England's Queen!' (R3 I.iii.206-8) The curse was not meant for her, but Fortune's wheel cared not for intentions.
Wordcount: 6971 (excluding notes)

(It was said that time ran in circles, that the deeds of men were no more than points on blind Fortune's wheel.)
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Mea culpa
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Play: Henry VI, all three parts
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] cesario
Character(s)/Pairing(s): King Henry VI
Rating: G, I think. Nothing in here except gen and angst.
Summary: Henry had only ever wanted to be good. And that was not enough for kings.

Once upon a time, a Henry killed a Richard. )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Yield Day to Night, or, the Problem with Imported Queens
Author: [livejournal.com profile] roz_mcclure
Play: between Henry V and 1 Henry VI
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] fionn_a_bhair
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Katherine/Suffolk
Summary: "Ned, I think the Queen Dowager is hitting on me," the fourth earl of Suffolk was overheard to say in the Temple Bar on a Friday afternoon during the recess of Parliament.
Rating: PG

Katherine wept the way she did everything else: beautifully, and with purpose. )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Guinevere
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Play: Mostly 2 Henry VI, but references to Part I.
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] roz_mcclure
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Margaret/Suffolk, Henry/Margaret
Summary: The wind whipped through his bright hair, just as Margaret's fingers had on the day they first met. Her own serpent in that garden in Anjou, promising all the world in a smile that set her heart pounding like the drums that called her father to war. A war she had ended with her marriage to King Henry.
Rating: PG13
Notes: The request was for Margaret/Suffolk with particular emphasis on snark and double-dealing. This ended up with somewhat more angst than I had intended, but I hope you enjoy!

Ladies in romances were never seasick. )
[identity profile] the-alchemist.livejournal.com
Hello! This is an extra bonus histories!fic I wrote because I'm greedy and the two I managed to get myself in the ficathon weren't quite enough. I'm posting it now in a blatant attempt to harness any waves of expectation currently sweeping the world due to imminent deadline-ness.

Title: The bet; or, Summer Lovin'
Play: vaguely Henry VIish
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Richard not yet Gloucester, let alone III / Margaret of Anjou; Margaret/Suffolk
Rating: PGish

It had been a horribly dreary week. We were staying with the Yorks and there was literally nothing to do. Pole was around, but Henry kept sending him off on stupid errands, and I was expected to spend every day with the Duchess and her ladies. Sometimes I wonder whether my husband knows more than he lets on.
It was not until the fourth night, towards the end of dinner that he finally sat next to me.Read more... )


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