Timeless Tour | Discussion Questions

So instead of posting a book review for the blog tour, today we were given a set of questions that reflected the books that we read. These questions reflect our own opinions and to how we thought the books were written in telling the story. I hope you look forward to my answers and be sure to check out the Timeless Tour homepage to learn more about the books, authors, and reviewers that are in this tour with me!

1. What was your favourite historical time period among the Timeless Tour reads? Did you know anything about this period before you began reading the book?

I enjoyed the Victorian time period that Enemies of Versailles because I feel that it offers a different perspective on all the history that we are taught about. Readers are able to experience what it was like to be royal, and yet feel like you are alone. This time period is not often spoken about in school, so it brings forth new knowledge that I was not aware of before reading the book.

2. How did the historical events in each book influence the character’s choices and personalities?

As the books progressed, each challenge that the women came to face seemed to change them, either for better or worse. As well, the people that they came to encounter also affected who they presented themselves to be in society. Where at the beginning many would start out shy, towards the end the women had found the courage to stand up for what they wanted.

3. If you could invite one of the Timeless Tour leading ladies (Beatrice, Jeanne, or Amelie) to dinner, who would you choose and why?

Amelie without a doubt. She is strong and courageous and was able to make it past every difficulty that had gotten in her way. Being one of the supporting females of her family, she proves that women can be powerful. She is also a perfect example of the relations that settlers had with Aboriginals, and how the introduction of the British had affected those that were closest to her. I also feel that the discussion that I could have with her would be beneficial in learning about the ways in which she lived in comparison to what we learn about in school.

4. The Scribe of Siena starts in the present before Beatrice is transported back in time to 1347, whereas Promises to Keep and Enemies of Versailles are firmly rooted in one timeline. How did this change your reading experience?

Being that I had read Promises to Keep and Enemies of Versailles first, I rather enjoyed the transportation of times in Scribe of Siena. It gave a different aspect of the times, taking into account the description and deprivation of the times during that era. While the other 2 books also did this from a person perspective during that time, the Scribe of Siena gives readers a different perspective, that of a person who is not from that time.

5. In the past, powerful women have been written out of textbooks. How do the protagonists of the Timeless Tour reads challenge the misconception that women in history were passive, submissive and dependent?

The women presented in these book challenge this theory as they are faced with unseen challenges that were often experienced during this time. The death of loved ones, sickness, and challenges between lovers all leave the females to deal with everything. The males in the books appeared minor and were often sent out to do “man things”, but the women were the ones who kept the house running smoothly. Many people do not account for women in history during these times, as once a person has a perspective in their minds, it is hard to be non-objective to a different understanding.

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