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Gr 5-8-As the title suggests, this gripping historical drama tells of the danger Elizabeth Tudor faced on her way to the throne of England. The novel is not meant to portray Elizabeth's whole life; rather, set within a story frame of her coronation, the narrative relays the hardships, ill treatment, and tragedies that occurred between the death of King Henry VIII and the death of Elizabeth's half sister, Queen Mary. Because the story is told in first person, readers have a sense of being with Elizabeth and feeling the uncertainty, apprehension, and determination she feels. The author does not pull any punches when it comes to telling about Elizabeth's feelings for Tom Seymour, her religious convictions, or the bloodshed caused at the behest of Queen Mary. The political intrigue and changing alliances could be confusing, but a family tree at the front of the book helps readers keep most of the relatives straight. If only there were a chart of court advisors, foreign dignitaries, and servants! Reading Jane Yolen's The Queen's Own Fool (Philomel, 2000), about Elizabeth's cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, would be an interesting comparison/contrast study with this novel because both women faced similar types of opposition. Elizabeth was a unique person in her own time, and her intelligence, drive, and independence will appeal to today's readers.-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
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No words to describe. 😃 Okay, a few words..... I sat endlessly for hours so deeply absorbed in the book.Published 3 months ago by Edith Germano
Great book. Very similar to Sophia war.
I rate this book 5 stars because of the excellent writing. I have read many but this one is different
I absolutely love Carolyn Meyer and her writing style. I love how all of her books give you a personal first-hand look at these historical women and the challenges they faced.Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Bombay
it was a good book that gave me a better idea of the royal family and what it must be like to be a part of it. I did not like the one word used often bas####. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased several of the of this author's ~ (Carolyn Meyer), books. They are quite easy to read, and I like that the material is based on history. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Estelle
We all know who Elizabeth I is; Gloriana, the Virgin Queen, the last of the Tudor monarchs. But underneath all the powder and the wigs, who was this woman? Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Mena P.
Queen Elizabeth I was true s good thing for England and Mary bloody Mary was crazy. She just wanted to queen like her mom.Published on May 5, 2013 by Elizabeth Penley
The reign of Queen Elizabeth I was a golden age for England. I've always wanted to get past the history books and get a glimpse into what life would have been like for Elizabeth as... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Elizabeth Barnes