The Legend of Queen Agatha
by Sam Cunningham
GENRE: erotic fantasy/political allegory
In the mythical, medieval land of Xana, Queen Julia ruled as a typical aristocratic monarch in a country whose great wealth was concentrated among the privileged few. Her daughter, Princess Agatha, was the champion of the commoners. The evil sorcerer Magi comes to Xana to kill Queen Julia and ravage aristocrats and commoners alike. Princess Agatha alone is spared, for she is protected by her fairy godmother. Now the beautiful heiress has two challenges, first to rid Xana of Magi and then to lift all the commoners from poverty into prosperity. To achieve her first goal she must identify her handsome prince incognito in the crowd on her first try. She won’t have a second chance. To achieve her second she must invent and use radical political schemes even if not all her people approve.
Elias was an important member of the Queen Agatha’s council of advisers, perhaps second in the whole country behind the queen. The queen caught him embezzling royal funds.
Elias was shaken to his very core by Queen Agatha’s response. He expected a reprimand and perhaps a mild fine, but instead, she brought him before a huge crowd assembled below the palace balcony and publicly humiliated him. She proclaimed, “Twice you came to me, not to serve our people but to enrich yourself. You will apologize and give back to the people everything you have as atonement and compensation.”
Elias cried out to the people of Xana. “I have done wrong. I have taken that which I did not earn. I am sorry. I will return it all to you. I promise never again to violate my queen’s trust.”
“You will give everything you have to the people,” announced Agatha. “You will give all your land, your property, your possessions, and even your clothes. You will keep only the clothes you are now wearing. Everything you have will be sold at auction. I shall use the money to find more teachers. They will teach arithmetic to all the people of Xana so that they understand contracts. No one can shortchange them again as you have done.”
“Everything but the clothes I am wearing?” whimpered Elias.
“Everything,” responded Queen Agatha, as Elias was led away, crying. “You leave in disgrace. May you one day regain your honor with service, humility, frugality, and generosity to your people.” Agatha repeated, “And generosity.”
All the wealth that he had accumulated in a lifetime disappeared in a flash.
Book Lover Promo Blog asks the author: Why do you write the kinds of books that you do?
Sam Answers: I’ll answer your question for the book that I am promoting, “The Legend of Queen Agatha.” I like to read science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy. Being very much my own person and doing my own thing rather than following the crowd, I thought, why not mix historical fiction and fantasy? Combine two genres? How about creating a fantasy setting with culture and technology of the middle ages as a background? Add ingredients, a strong woman who is gentle and kind with honorable people but doesn’t put up with bad behavior and stops it real fast, some radical politics that places the welfare of the commoners ahead of the fabulously wealthy, and then have the gall to claim that what worked for Queen Agatha in her fantasy medieval setting could work in our real world of the 21st century. I invite you, dear reader, to decide whether to accept or reject my outrageous claim.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sam Cunningham is a small college physics teacher. He knows from personal experience with his pupils that through nurturing nearly all young people can become productive citizens. It is an overwhelming tragedy that so many poor children are not given this nurturing. Their personal loss, and the loss to their country of their productive ability, is a catastrophe. As a scientist he understands that critical thinking and the ability to follow where the evidence leads are the only reliable ways to understand the real world. Away from work he leaves the real world of hard evidence to read science fiction and fantasy. His favorite childhood movie was the Walt Disney 1950 cartoon of Cinderella, and he greatly admires strong women. Sam brings together all of these ingredients in this story of a princess who becomes a wise and inspired queen with a personal mission to achieve productivity, prosperity, and happiness for all of her people.
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Sam Cunningham will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.