Which Queen might have advised "Choose your allies well, or they will come back to bite you on the asp" — or maybe "The soil is only as good as the seed"?
Based on her book Doomed Queens, U.S. Games deck creator and illustrator Kris Waldherr playfully posits what past Queens, Empresses, Princesses and female rulers might have said in her new Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck.
Beloved for her exquisite Lovers Path Tarot and popular Goddess Tarot, both by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Ms. Waldherr offers theoretical advice from the Queens in this deck, as well as interesting historical tidbits about each female leader. For example, did you know that:
- Empress Alute, the consort of the Tongzhi emperor, died at twenty in 1875 after less than three years occupying the dragon throne of the Qing dynasty with her young husband. No one knows what–or who–caused the empress's demise. One theory suggested she was poisoned with gold leaf, a popular mode of murder at the time.
- Queen Blanche of Bourbon was renowned for her piety and comeliness, her future was destroyed when her father, the Duke of Bourbon, wed her to King Pedro of Castile–a.k.a. Pedro the Cruel. Pedron imprisoned his wife in the castle of Arevalo. Eight years later in 1361, he arranged for her death. At the time of her demise, Blanche was twenty-two years old.
- Born in 1919, Eva Peron was the bastard daughter of an impoverished seamstress mother. When she became first lady of Argentina, Evita never forgot her humble origins and made it her mission to help the poor. Evita embraced her work as if she knew her time was limited. It was: She was diagnosed with uterine cancer at the age of thirty and died in 1952.
(All excerpts above from the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck. © Kris Waldherr)
Below are several cards from this 40-card deck (click each image to enlarge):
For more fun with royalty, check out Waldherr's Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards, too, which is also based upon her book of the same name.
The ISBN for the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck is 978-1-57281-664-0, available at your favorite local or online bookseller. If you don't see it in stock, you may ask for it by name and ISBN number and they will gladly order it for you. Here are the ISBNs for Waldherr's other U.S. Games Systems decks:
Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards – ISBN 978-1-57281-663-3
Lovers Path Tarot – ISBN 1-57281-468-3
Goddess Tarot – ISBN 1-57281-125-0
You can visit Kris Waldherr online at ArtandWords.com