The Queen's Handmaiden

The Queen's Handmaiden

Book - 2007
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A novel of the early years of Elizabeth Tudor-as told by the spirited niece of her real-life governess.

Her name is Eloise Rousell

. Daughter of a well-bred lady and a strolling player, she lived her early years in peaceful obscurity. But then her father died-and her new stepfather wanted none of her. So she was sent to her aunt, Kat Ashley-governess to the young Elizabeth Tudor.

In the tumultuous household of the princess in exile, Eloise finds her destiny- best friend, confidante, lady-in-waiting, and favored seamstress of the fiery girl who would become the greatest monarch of all time.

Through a decade of plots and counter-plots, tragedies and triumphs, Eloise, like her aunt, is a constant in Elizabeth's life. Risking her heart- and her head-in service to the cause of seeing Elizabeth on the throne, Eloise is a bright, brave, sprightly witness to history. This is her story.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2007.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780425217320
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 14, 2011

This narrative weaves the drama behind the scenes of Elizabeth I and her royal household and the dangerous times of the line of succession. The character of the seamstress allows us a peak into her perspective and travel the corridors and halls of the castle which are full of intrigue and plots. Historical fiction lovers will enjoy this tale regardless of how much or how little they may know in advance of the time period. A nice afternoon read with the right balance of politics, romance and respect for the intricate and dangerous Tudor lifestyle.

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