Schooled in Magic is a fantasy book, but it draws extensively from real history. The Allied Lands bear a strong resemblance to Middle Ages Europe, complete with self-obsessed rulers, clergy and commoners struggling to build a united state and a looming threat on the southern border from the necromancers. I studied extensively to create the matrix for the Nameless World, reading hundreds of history books about kings, princes and their worlds.
Princess Alassa, for example, is based - at least in part - on Mary Queen of Scots. Scotland was simply not used to having a queen on the throne (nor was England, but England was a more established country at the time) and the concept of being ruled by a woman shocked many of the higher noblemen. Zangaria is a cross between Scotland and the United Kingdom of Charles I; there are social tensions between aristocratic, magicians, businessmen and traders, all of whom want to secure their own position and, if possible, demolish their enemies. The prospect of Alassa - who was something of a brat before she went to Whitehall School - taking the throne spurred her enemies to act.
Real history also discusses the limitations facing rulers in their times. To us, the idea that Mary couldn’t rule in her own right seems absurd; to her noblemen, it made a convenient excuse for ignoring her from time to time. (Elizabeth I had the same problem.) Mary had to balance a number of competing factions, all of whom hated the others; in hindsight, it isn’t really surprising she lost her balance and fell off the tightrope.
That’s not to say that real history should be used as a guide. Alassa … may not end up being chased off her throne by her noblemen. The story will go the way that suits its internal logic - and, unlike Mary, Alassa has magic. On a fundamental level, the Allied Lands are different from Earth. And that is something that should always be borne in mind.