Hello, hope Wednesday finds you well in a new book discussion. This week for Top 5 Wednesday we talk about the biggest badasses, you know the characters who made you pause and possibly go “damnn.” :D. Come read about a Historical Fiction Badass, a Biblical Badass, a Victorian Badass, a Western Badass and a History Badass.
Let us dive into it:
1.Deidre in Lady Danger by Glynnis Campbell (historical fiction badass)
A Scottish warrior maiden who help defend the family castle along with her sisters. A father is of age and no longer able to go about normal lord duties. Deidre is no-nonsense on and off the battle field, also acting as overseer in the house decisions. Then comes along Pagan, a King soldier who is just as headstrong and badass. Let us call them the badass couple.
2.Jezebel from Top 100 Women of the Bible by Pamela McQuade (biblical badass)
She influence her husband Ahab to accept the worship of pagan gods, spreading the religious practise to the children of Israel. In addition, she ordered the death of many of God’s prophets. That was not enough for Jezebel, to gain a plot of land for her husband, Jezebel setup landowner Naboth to face false accusation of cursing God and the king. In the end Naboth was stoned to death. After Ahab died in battle, Jezebel continued her control through her sons but she did die a badass death
3.Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Victorian badass)
Jane refused to play side piece to Mr.Rochester, she was willing to sacrifice her love to go into marriage in her moral way. She slept outside putting herself in danger when she could have warmed up in Mr. Rochester’s bed. Jane the Victorian badass left her comfort zone and returned to care for an aunt who treated her like second class human. Imagine Jane had the opportunity to marry a man (St. John) willing to take care of her until she died but it was loveless, so she refused. Go on with your badass saint Victorian self Jane!
4. Shane in Shane by Jack Schaefer (western badass)
Badass cowboy rides into frontier cattle ranching area in time to help Joe and his family fight Mr. Fletcher aka Greedy Land Thief. Without Shane’s wit and fast thinking Joe’s ranch would disappear like many others. All by his lone self, Shane took the steps to end Mr.Fletcher’s dominance. Shane is fast with his gun and offers little Bob some good tips in manhood.
5. Boukman from Caribbean Slavery In The Atlantic World eds. Hilary Beckles and Verene Shepherd (history badass).
Remember the Haitian Revolution, the slave rebellion which turned San Domingo into the first black independent country in the Western Hemisphere? Many times one may hear of Touissant L’Overture or General Dessalines but it all started with ‘Dutty’ Boukman. His religious ceremony started the fervour among the enslaved, which soon spread even after his badass death. Boukman fiercest attitude gave others fuel for bravery, he was the spark needed to start a fire which blaze San Domingo into a new era.
These are my five badass characters. What about you, anyone slaying in your reading lately?