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Worth vividly brings one of England's lesser-known queens to life in this luminous portrait of "Elizabeth the Good," wife of Henry VII and mother of the notorious Henry VIII. The daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville Grey (who dabbled in witchcraft), Elizabeth of York first falls in love with her uncle-a man she originally despised-who later becomes King Richard III after Edward's death. Although she does not marry Richard, Elizabeth becomes queen when she accepts Henry Tudor's proposal and becomes the first Tudor Queen. Woven into Elizabeth's story are the shrewish machinations of her mother and Margaret Beaufort, Henry's mother, as well as the mysterious fates of her brothers, Edward V and Richard of York, the princes who disappeared in the Tower of London. Worth (Lady of the Roses) examines Elizabeth's life with a journalist's eye, an impressive feat given that her subject left little behind for study. This attention to detail will appeal to fans of historical fiction.
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"A banquet of simply luscious and delicious history."--Romantic Times, 4 ½ stars
2008 Best Historical Biography of the Year Reviewers Choice Award Winner

Winner of USA Book News Magazine's 2009 Best Books Awards (Historical Fiction)

"A rich, magnificent novel of the Tudor court evoking a once forgotten queen, now impossible to forget."~~  Michelle Moran, author of the national bestseller, Nefertiti: A Novel

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Product Details

  • Series: Rose of York
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042522144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221440
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sandra Worth is the award-winning author of six novels chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty in England and the rise of the Tudors. She is internationally published and her books have won multiple awards and prizes, including three Reviewers' Choice Awards and a Francis Ford Coppola-Ray Bradbury-Moxie Films sponsored prize."

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Sadie J on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth of York was the only woman to be a daughter, niece, sister, wife, and mother to English kings. Her wide connection to royalty did not prove to grant her a charmed life, quite the opposite.

Her life began as a charmed one, the daughter of Edward IV, she was loved by her father and lived a brief life of joy and contentment as the apple of his eye. When war struck their country again at the tender age of five, she and her family were forced into sanctuary, and thus the first hints of tragedy started to enter her life.

Her father survived the battle and lived until she was seventeen, but with his death came the beginning of a series of events that led this hopeful princess into a life filled with death and sorrow. Losing her father, her brothers, her nephew, her queen and friend, and then her beloved uncle (the man she also loved), she never lost her faith. When given an opportunity to run, she stayed behind, determined to let a royal marriage to a man who claimed the crown end years and years of battle.

From the moment you open this book, drawn into a game of revelry, to the end you are hooked into Elizabeth's life as she tells it. Sandra skillfully relays a heartwrenching tale that pulls you into the heart of a queen. You find yourself enjoying each brief moment of happiness, and sharing each lonely moment of pain and fear.

"Elizabeth, the Good! Elizabeth, the Beloved! Elizabeth, the King's Daughter!" You will want to know her. You will want to see her find peace. She will be made a part of you.

Thoroughly researched, you can see that Sandra loves her subjects in all of her novels. You are given a touching tale that will leave you with real tears...and you will learn of a period of history through a historical figure often forgotten - but certainly no less important.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on December 6, 2008
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"Love drew her heart toward him, and shame drover her eyes away." Such are the words shared by Tristan and Iseult in a volume treasured by King Richard of Gloucester and Elizabeth of York, the daughter of King Edward V, Richard's brother. Simple, clear words perhaps but in reality portraying a mesmerizing, complex life of a woman seeking her own role in history!

The story begins with understanding the totally dissimilar nature of Elizabeth's parents, her life intertwined with a loving but unwise father, King Edward, and her overbearingly meddling mother, Bess Woodville, a notorious woman feared by everyone in the kingdom. The latter is a woman like so many other tyrants, possessing an inordinate amount of greed stemming from fear of being deposed and having to return to an insignificant, impoverished status. The description sounds historically objective, but Sandra Worth fully captures the essence of Elizabeth's confused plight in the middle of this calculating shrew who calls herself mother and siblings who eventually will disappear or turn against Elizabeth for a very long time. Who will prevail and what personality will evolve from such chaotic parenting? Imagine such a childhood!

Bess Woodville's plans following the death of King Edward are thwarted by Richard seizing the throne as Protector and then King, and all seems well for a while as he and his beloved Queen Anne rule England. Justice becomes the norm rather than the exception, until Richard's rivals begin to make war to seize the Crown. Times of joy and tragedy follow the royal couple. Will Richard's mercy free Bess and allow Elizabeth a place in his court? For there we read of the intimate bond between this King and Queen about to be tested in the furnace of adversity.
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Huston on February 19, 2009
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It seems of late that every time I hear of an author writing yet another novel set in the Tudor period of English history -- from 1485 to 1603, I mentally cringe and try my best to ignore it. It isn't so much that I know that they will be a horrible book, but rather that I've read and studied enough of the historical period that I know I am bound to be disappointed by whatever a fictional novel can cook up.

Having read one of Sandra Worth's previous novels, set in the turbulent era of the Wars of the Roses, I was pretty leery of taking on this account of Edward IV's eldest daughter, Elizabeth, who would marry Henry VII and become the mother of Henry VIII.

Told in first-person narrative -- a style that I am not fond to begin with -- this is an account of Elizabeth's life from young childhood to the grave. Elizabeth is the eldest child of King Edward IV and his queen, Elizabeth Wideville, and along with her younger sisters, she hopes that soon there will be a male heir born soon. She knows that even at a young age her parents are not exactly happy -- her father is eaten up with the worries of running a kingdom ruined by civil war, and her mother is shrewish and constantly seeking out favours and wealth for her numerous relatives. More than once Elizabeth overhears their sparring. During one uprising, her pregnant mother takes her children and flees for sanctuary at Westminster Abbey, and Elizabeth turns into a target for her mother's temper -- along with a display of what might be witchcraft. But the child that is born while they are in sanctuary is that longed for boy, and named for his father, Edward.

For a time, things go well for Elizabeth and her family, with younger sisters and another brother, Dickon, added to the ever-growing brood.
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