Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter:
A novel of Elizabeth I
By Anne Clinard Barnhill
Hello readers everywhere!! This is another library book and for those who have a burning need to know, it is a paperback!!! This book was released in March of 2014. It is 384 pages long. The dress on the cover is a beautiful blue-purple shade. Did Queen Elizabeth have a daughter? No not really, but Mary Shelton was her cousin and a ward of the court. She was like a daughter to Elizabeth. Now you are probably saying not another Tudor novel!!! Well yes it is, but….I think that this one is deserving of closer inspection!!
From the author of At the Mercy of the Queen comes the gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I’s young cousin and ward, set against the glittering backdrop of the Elizabethan court.
Mistress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite ward, enjoying every privilege the position affords. The queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like any good mother, she wants her to make a powerful match. The most likely prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. But while Oxford seems to be everything the queen admires: clever, polished and wealthy, Mary knows him to be lecherous, cruel, and full of treachery. No matter how hard the queen tries to push her into his arms, Mary refuses.
Instead, Mary falls in love with a man who is completely unsuitable. Sir John Skydemore is a minor knight with little money, a widower with five children. Worst of all, he’s a Catholic at a time when Catholic plots against Elizabeth are rampant. The queen forbids Mary to wed the man she loves. When the young woman, who is the queen’s own flesh and blood, defies her, the couple finds their very lives in danger as Elizabeth’s wrath knows no bounds (Goodreads).
This book contains everything that I like about the Tudors: the court, the love, the intrigue, the religious conflict and politics. I was not disappointed in this one. I am happy to say that this book gives us a new view of Elizabeth as a mother and a new spin on the Tudor escapades. Having read many Tudor stories, I enjoy something with a new outlook. It is a tad slow at times, but keeping reading it is a good tale. It took awhile for me to get through it. The writer has a beautiful style and it is clear and easy to follow and understand. It had fresh new characters and an interesting storyline. If you like the Tudors then you will want to read this one!!! I give this a 4 out of 5 stars.