In this groundbreaking novel, award-winning author Sandra Worth vibrantly brings to life the people's Queen, "Elizabeth the Good."
Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth of York trusts that her beloved father's dying wish has left England in the hands of a just and deserving ruler. But upon the rise of Richard of Gloucester, Elizabeth's family experiences one devastation after another: her late father is exposed as a bigamist, she and her siblings are branded bastards, and her brothers are taken into the new king's custody, then reportedly killed.
But one fateful night leads Elizabeth to question her prejudices. Through the eyes of Richard's ailing queen she sees a man worthy of respect and undying adoration. His dedication to his people inspires a forbidden love and ultimately gives her the courage to accept her destiny, marry Henry Tudor, and become Queen. While her soul may secretly belong to another, her heart belongs to England...
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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1 . Wonderful Book
Posted December 28, 2009 by Annie , PortsmouthA great book, perfect for readers of the Tudor Era and definitely competitive with the finest Tudor writers. A wonderful commentary was written that explains exactly why the author came to her conclusions, and a full bibliography exists that directs the reader to more information. Well put together and I will definitely look for more books by this author.
2 . Great Read for Plantagenet-Tudor fans!
Posted March 11, 2009 by Ratchet , Red Sox NationI have been reading historical fiction for years. This novel is by far one of the best I have read. Sandra Worth writes this novel with such accurate historical happenings that it is almost as if she was there at that time. Great research on her part! There is so much controversy over the princes in the tower, and I have definitely read many books on this subject. I enjoyed and agreed with her storyline and her outcome of this book.
December 01, 2008
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