The King's Daughter
by Sandra Worth

Berkley Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-22144-0.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 03/16/2009

Fiction: Historical

"Each day we waited for news breathlessly, knowing that the momentum of events, like the torrent of a powerful waterfall, would not slow its current but would rush ahead with gathering force until it plunged over the precipice," says Elizabeth in Sandra Worth's historical novel The King's Daughter. Elizabeth York was the daughter of King Edward of England. Her life was a constant stream of uncertainty: her father's untimely death, her uncle King Richard's defeat in battle and loss of the throne, and her marriage to the brutal Henry VII.

For anyone interested in British history or a fan of the show "The Tudors," this is a book for you. Have you ever wondered how the Tudor dynasty began? What was the mother of Henry VIII like? The King's Daughter is a well researched, in-depth novel exploring the life and adventures of Princess and eventually Queen Elizabeth. It's a fresh take on British royalty and a wonderful tribute to an often forgotten queen.

This book gave me a taste of what it would have been like to be a princess in Medieval England. I wouldn't trade places with Elizabeth for anything! She was never truly happy, apart from the small amount of time each year she was allowed to spend with her oldest son Arthur. Not only did she not love her husband, she had to witness his killing rampages in which he executed her brother and many of her relatives. Being a princess wasn't at all like it seems in the Disney movies. Elizabeth's rule was no joyride.

Sandra Worth's novel is well-crafted and enjoyable to read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys history and especially those interested in the royal family.

Sandra Worth is the award-winning author of four previous historical novels. She is a frequent lecturer of the War of the Roses and has been published by the Ricardian journals in the United States and England. She currently lives in Texas. Visit her website.

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