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The King's Daughter. A Novel of the First Tudor Queen (Rose of York) Paperback – December 2, 2008
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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
"A Perfect Ten"!" ~~Romance Reviews Today --romrevtoday.com/12-10-08%20Update/the%20king%27s%20daughter%20-%2012-15-08.htm
"[A]n Elizabethan page-turner."~ Wisteria Leigh, Blog Critics Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not only am I always impressed with Worth's research, but her writing style just grabs me. It's difficult to put her books down and this one was just like the others. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Smuggins
I have read all of the "Rose of York" books, and am now reading Sandra Worth's books on Elizabeth of York, and now Catherine of Gordon. Read morePublished 20 months ago by pianofingers
It was interesting but I thought the character portrayals and dialogue were a little stilted and pedestrian. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book!
It's is so passionate and sweet.
I love so much Richard III and Elizabeth of York together!
Ugh this is awful. I think the author is madly in love with Richard III, her portrayal of him is so nauseating sweet that I think I got two cavities reading it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Celegirl27
So much better than Philippa Gregory's The White Princess! I loved Elizabeth in this book--she was strong, elegant, and quick-witted. I zipped through this novel. Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by Jeyne
Such a horrible book I couldn't get through the first 100 pages. It's very historically inaccurate and it depicts Elizabeth Woodville as an evil witch. Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by chris palmer
If you love the history of the english crown and their wives this is a good transition to the Tutor court.Published on April 5, 2014 by Holly Ingram
The Epilogue at the back of the books is much more interesting then the story itself. However it does "try" to offer explanations for why Henry VIII was such a spoiled... Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Stellasgroovn