Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beware, Princess Elizabeth (Young Royals #2) by Carolyn Meyer

Pages:  214
Publishers:  Gulliver Books
Published:  September 1, 2002

Imprisonment. Betrayal. Lost love. Murder. What more must a princess endure?

Elizabeth Tudor's teenage and young adult years during the turbulent reigns of Edward and then Mary Tudor are hardly those of a fairy-tale princess. Her mother has been beheaded by Elizabeth's own father, Henry VIII; her jealous half sister, Mary, has her locked away in the Tower of London; and her only love interest betrays her in his own quest for the throne. 

Told in the voice of the young Elizabeth and ending when she is crowned queen, this second novel in the exciting series explores the relationship between two sisters who became mortal enemies. Carolyn Meyer has written an intriguing historical tale that reveals the deep-seated rivalry between a determined girl who became one of England's most powerful monarchs and the sister who tried everything to stop her.


The second book follows princess Elizabeth, the sister of Queen Mary. She is the only monarch of England to have been a woman and not married.  This book begins with the death of King Henry VIII and the princess finding out three days later and her brother being crowned as king. When Edward dies of Consumption, princess Mary becomes queen and Elizabeth is told that she would be restoring the true church of England. The catholic church.

When she questions her sister's choices, she is imprisoned in the tower until she is released and sent back to court. When her sister is nearing death, Elizabeth is made the heir. Everyone expects her to marry and produce an heir because they believe that a woman does not have the power to rule. Kind of stupid really. Girls are much more powerful than guys. Check Amelia Earhart.

This story is told from the point of the child of Anne Boleyn. From her lost love to betrayal from someone close to her. This book provides an insight into the life of princess Elizabeth and how she created one of the most celebrated eras in history. I'd give it 5 stars.

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