Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chivalrous Deeds: A Historical Fiction Reading Challenge for 2011

I LOVE reading challenges and participate in several every year. For 2011 I decided to host my own-Chivalrous Deeds: A Historical Fiction Challenge!

The Object of the Challenge: As a Knight or Lady Knight, to visit as many courts as possible. For example, reading Victoria Victorious by Jean Plaidy would count as 1 visit/chivalrous deed achieved at the court of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Reading No Will But His by Sarah Hoyt would count as 1 visit/chivalrous deed achieved at the court of Catherine Howard and Henry VIII, etc...

  1. You can visit any court from any point in history as long as the book you are reading is Historical Fiction
  2. You can visit the same court more than once but not consecutively. Knights and Lady Knights have many great deeds to perform and so must not tarry at one court for too long!
  3. No books started before 1 January 2011 will count for this challenge
  4. Participants can only win 1 prize in this challenge
  5. Entries will be counted by posting a link to your review of the book. You do not have to have a blog to participate as long as you are posting a review somewhere and can provide a link to it (Paperbackswap, Goodreads, Librarything etc...). I will add a place to post these links closer to the end of the year.
Duration: The Chivalrous Deeds Historical Fiction Challenge will begin 1 January 2011 and finish on 31 December 2011.

Prizes: I will be giving 2 prizes for this challenge.

  1. The person who reads the most books for this challenge will receive their choice of a book from the Book Depository not to exceed $20.
  2. The person who visits the greatest number of different courts during the challenge will receive a book of their choice from The Book Depository not to exceed $20.
Signing Up:

This challenge is open to anyone living in a country on this list that The Book Depository ships to.

To sign up please leave a comment with your name and email address.

For any questions about the challenge I have not answered please drop me an email at

That's it! Time to shine up the armor and sharpen the sword. Please join me in 2011 to go questing through history!


  1. What a fun idea! I shall of course sign up for this one... how could I not, lol. My post about it will go up as the year draws closer to an end.
    Thanks for hosting this :)

  2. I added this to A Novel Challenge for you. Sounds like a great historical Fiction challenge. I am trying to cut down on challenges, but we'll see.

  3. I love the ideas for this historical fiction challenge! I look forward to participating. This one I know I can commit to! :-)

  4. +JMJ+

    What if it's a Historical novel set during someone's reign, but not really in a court setting? For instance, the Brother Cadfael mysteries are set during the reign of King Stephen of England (if I recall correctly), but I don't know if Brother Cadfael ever runs into royalty.

  5. E-I'm not going to be too picky :) I read a couple of the descriptions on Amazon and it appears that at least part of them are also about the civil war between Stephen and Matilda (even if they don't have a starring role in the books). As long as there is some connection to royalty in there somewhere I think it will do :)

  6. Oooh, I will sign up for sure! I have a hard time passing up challenges!

  7. Hi Holly -
    I have created a post for the challenge.

    Shellie {layersofthought(at)gmail(dot)com}

  8. Please signed me up!
    Charlie {bitsyblingbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

    My challenge page is here: Charlie's Reading Challenges

    I am also hosting a historical challenge. I'd love to have you or anyone else who is interested in HF reads join in. I'm sure there will be cross overs so both will compliment. The more the merrier!
    Here's the link for details: Historical Tour de Genre

  9. This challenge sounds fun! Count me in. I love historical fiction, and have lots of great books on my to be read pile that will fit in perfectly with this challenge.

    I'll track my progress on my blog:

  10. Thanks to all who are planning on playing along! I am going on vacation to NY for Christmas and will be putting up the area to post the reviews at when I get back so we'll be ready to go on the 1st :)

  11. I'm in. I adore Historical Fiction :)

  12. I'd love to participate.

    I'll post the reviews on my blog


  13. I think I'll join in. This is right up my alley.

    And I'll be posting reviews on the blog I'm just getting started.

  14. Fabulous! I can't wait to get started!

  15. Chanced upon your blog and loved the challenge... I'd like to sign up even though my country India is not on the Book Depository list... I don't mind about the prize, would love to share in other participants' experiences as well as share my reading..

    My Blog :
    And my first review is there!

  16. Ok, I'm back with my official sign up post! I am really excited about this challenge. Thanks so much for hosting it :)

    My sign up post

  17. Thanks for this, I've signed up now, hope I'm not too late.

  18. No, not too late at all. Thanks for signing up!

  19. I love stories of Knights and fair Maidens, this challenge looks great! COunt me in. :)

  20. Can you count books in courts that do not have the concept of chivalry? Such as Egyptian Pharoahs or Roman Emperors?

  21. Yes, those are allowed. As long as it is a court I'm not picky.