Beware, Princess Elizabeth (Young Royals Series)

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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.
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Overview

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.

After the death of her father, King Henry VIII, in 1547, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth must endure the political intrigues and dangers of the reigns of her half-brother Edward and her half-sister Mary before finally becoming Queen of England eleven years later.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Carolyn Meyer has made something of a specialty of the Tudors recently. Her well-received Mary, Bloody Mary is now followed in the "Young Royals" series with this fictional autobiography of Elizabeth of England in her years before becoming queen. Once one sorts out the exquisitely complex genealogy of the players (conveniently laid out in a genealogical chart), Elizabeth's story takes off. Her voice is certainly more modern than Elizabethan, but that nod to contemporary readers is soon forgotten in the world of the court and its Byzantine intrigues which unfold before us. As heads fall and heretics burn, it's hard not to root for young Elizabeth's succession to the throne—as soon as possible! A brief ending historical note puts all in perspective for young readers. 2001, Gulliver/Harcourt, $17.00. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
VOYA
Set in turbulent sixteenth-century England, this novel is an entertaining tale of intrigue, self-discovery, and royal wrangling. Readers meet the future queen of England, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Tudor, shortly after the death of her father, Henry VIII. Ever aware of her royal allegiances and duties, Elizabeth disregards her own feelings of loss to comfort her nine-year-old brother, Edward, the new king. As a pawn in the great drama of royal succession, Elizabeth must stay out of trouble and wait for her inevitable turn at the throne. The story ends rather abruptly with her long-awaited coronation, leaving readers wanting. Unlike many works of historical fiction for young adults, Meyers's book offers teens more than just a glimpse at the time period, taking a deeper look at faith, social class divisions, and individuality. All characters are flesh and blood, memorable and true. Elizabeth's half sister, Queen Mary, appears unreasonable and vindictive, but Elizabeth does not condemn her. Rather, she tries to understand this woman who fears her so, and in doing so, comes to terms with her own doubt about her ability to rule. This work has a strong female protagonist who possesses a considerable understanding of her place in society and world history. Regrettably, the book does not spend more time exploring Elizabeth's relationship with Robin Dudley, which formed the basis of the recent Academy Award-winning film of the queen's life, Elizabeth. With its wide appeal, this first-person story is a highly recommended purchase for all public and school libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined asgrades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Harcourt, 224p, Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Stefani Koorey SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
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Gr 5-8-As the title suggests, this gripping historical drama tells of the danger Elizabeth Tudor faced on her way to the throne of England. The novel is not meant to portray Elizabeth's whole life; rather, set within a story frame of her coronation, the narrative relays the hardships, ill treatment, and tragedies that occurred between the death of King Henry VIII and the death of Elizabeth's half sister, Queen Mary. Because the story is told in first person, readers have a sense of being with Elizabeth and feeling the uncertainty, apprehension, and determination she feels. The author does not pull any punches when it comes to telling about Elizabeth's feelings for Tom Seymour, her religious convictions, or the bloodshed caused at the behest of Queen Mary. The political intrigue and changing alliances could be confusing, but a family tree at the front of the book helps readers keep most of the relatives straight. If only there were a chart of court advisors, foreign dignitaries, and servants! Reading Jane Yolen's The Queen's Own Fool (Philomel, 2000), about Elizabeth's cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, would be an interesting comparison/contrast study with this novel because both women faced similar types of opposition. Elizabeth was a unique person in her own time, and her intelligence, drive, and independence will appeal to today's readers.-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"High drama. . . . The elements of Elizabeth's life remain irresistible."—Booklist
"Gripping."—School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152026592
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Young Royals Series , #2
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROLYN MEYER is the celebrated author of more than forty books for young people, many of which have received awards and honors. She lives with her husband in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this book, im 13 and i cant stop reading it. Its historically accurate and I reread it alot. Along with Mry bloody Mary I love theesebooks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    Okay

    The series while good was also okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Young Royals Series

    1. Mary, Bloody Mary
    2. Beware, Princess Elizabeth
    3. Doomed Queen Anne
    4. Patience, Princess Catherine
    5. The Wild Queen

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Sounds good

    IDK!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    I really injoyed this book!

    This was a great book! I injoyed learing about all the young royals. :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Great book

    If your a person who loves history or wants to learn about the English monarchies then this is the book for you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2010

    GREAT BOOK!

    i Love the book sooo much i have read it 2 times, its a wonderful book about queen Elizabeth when she was younger. When i was in school and they were explainng it to us and i did'nt really understand, I thought it was instersting. Reading this book made me understand more about her, her father, and her sister and there whole sitution!! This Book i could READ, READ and READ Again(:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2010

    Amazing Book!!!!!

    I had to read this book for school, and I thought I was going to hate it because I had never found the Tudors very interesting, but after I read this book I imediatly fell in love with Elizabeth and her amazing story. Meyer does an awesome job in giving details and making you feel like you were really hearing this story from Elizabeth herself. I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2010

    The Pre-Queen

    Beware, Princess Elizabeth is an entertaining novel about the young Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII. It is full of drama and conspiracies as the princess struggles for her life while her older half sister, Mary, is on the throne. The novel masterfully tells of Elizabeth's life as a teenager and young adult, showing her independence, confidence, and bold new ideas and points of view.
    Although it is a historical novel involving subjects relevant to the pre-Elizabethan era, all of the themes in the book are still dealt with in this modern age. Themes such as true love, betrayal, loss of innocence, and true happiness are subtly placed throughout the book's pages as Elizabeth tries to keep her identity as Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VII, without being accused of conspiring against her sister or anyone in the ranks of power. Elizabeth tries her best to live a quiet, peaceful life after the death of her father, but danger and turmoil always find a way back to her. For example, while living with her step mother, the young princess focusses greatly upon her studies yet she can barely live with herself as she finds her heart set upon the affections of Tom Seymour, her step mother's new husband. As she silently disciplines herself for even considering him attractive in such ways, Tom Seymour is also attracted to her. In the end this secret love ends in tragedy as Tom only used her for his own political gain, leaving him charged with treason and Elizabeth accused of conspiring against the Queen and with a broken heart. The amazing thing about such a soap-opera like drama is that it is not made up. Carolyn Meyer does her best to stick to the facts, as the truth is ore jaw-dropping than anything she could have made up.
    Unlike other "historically based" novels, Beware, Princess Elizabeth is mostly compliant with historical facts. She keeps consistent with the timeline of events in Elizabeth's life and merely reiterates what emotions she must have been feeling during such turbulent times. Like a diary, you can see Elizabeth's life through her own eyes and as a result, understand what life was like for this young royal.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Outstanding piece of literature!!!

    I admit, the only reason I picked this book up at Barnes and Noble was because of a book report for Social Studies I had to do. Although I am a heavy reader, I generally avoid historical fiction. However, this book absolutely blew me away! It was very easy and entertaining to read, and I finished it in two days. Carolyn Meyer did an amazing job at portraying Elizabeth as a pawn in the drama of the royal succession. The numerous well-developed characters greatly add to the intrigue of the book, making it a page-turner. I greatly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an educational, but an interesting to real historical fiction book.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Informative and Inspiring

    This book gives you a good perspective of that time period, and gives you the chance to look into people's minds. Before I read this I didn't have the greatest grasp on the royal family of England of that time period. Now that I've read it, I really understand how the whole system worked. Reading this will not only be informative but inspiring. I recommend for anyone interested in history to read this, but if your not interested in history, then chances are that you'll be better off with something else.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

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    Princess Elizabeth

    I enjoyed Carolyn Meyer's portrayal of the early life of Elizabeth I when she was a princess. I read a lot of Tudor era fiction, and most written for adults depict Elizabeth I as nothing more than an seductresses with a raging temper. In Beware, Princess Elizabeth Meyer, in my opinion is more accurate. Elizabeth was a strong, independent woman who lived in a difficult time who had to rely on her wits to keep herself alive. Meyer book brings this all to life and I think that teenage girls will be inspired by this fascinating woman.

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  • Posted October 23, 2008

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    Historically Materpiece

    This book is interesting only because it shows you what she, as a young forgotten princess, went thorugh, I t is romantic, and it keeps you at the edge of your seat for more. It is an historical masterpiece!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Cailyn Z. This book was great!!

    The book, Beware, Princess Elizabeth is very interesting. Although it takes a while to get into, I would recommend it to friends. Once you get passed the first two chapters, you will be hooked. It is set in Hertfordshire, England from January 31, 1547 to December 14, 1558. Since it is set so long ago, some of the phrases are hard to completely understand. Elizabeth is the daughter of King Henry VIII. He has another daughter named Mary who is 14 years older than Elizabeth. He also has a son named Edward. He is four years younger than Elizabeth. When King Henry VIII suddenly dies, no one knows who will become the next king or queen. Even though Mary was 27 and Elizabeth was 13, Edward was a boy so he became king at the age of nine. At 16, Edward got sick and died. Before he died he had written a ¿Device for Succession¿, which is basically a will. It stated that Mary couldn¿t become the next queen because she was a Catholic. The people on the Privy Council and the majority of England were Protestant. He worried that she might send everyone to the chopping block. Although Elizabeth was Protestant, she couldn¿t become the next queen either because it just wouldn¿t be fair to Mary. He decided the Privy Council would vote and decide on the next queen. They voted for a woman named Jane Dudley to be the next Queen of England. Mary didn¿t like the choice at all. As a result, she decided to get the people of England to protest. Jane Dudley was only queen for nine days. With Mary as the new queen, she executed as many Protestants as possible. Elizabeth had to act like a Catholic and attend Mass twice daily. This story had many conflicts. The main one was between Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth hated Mary and would do anything to keep her off of the throne. Mary found out that Elizabeth wasn¿t really a Catholic. As a result, she made her a prisoner for two years. During that time, Mary married the Prince of Spain. Mary announced that she was pregnant so that knocked Elizabeth off the list for the throne. After nine months of waiting, Mary revealed that she was no longer pregnant. She lost the baby. Everyone was disappointed but Elizabeth. She was now back on the list for Queen. A couple of years later, she claimed to be pregnant again, but it was actually stomach swelling. This led to her death. At last Elizabeth was crowned the Queen of England. This book was great! I hope that you will make the right choice and read it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    I could not put this book down!!!!

    After reading Doomed Queen Anne, I started to read this book. I became captured with the plot and fineshed it in less than two days! I liked how Elizabeth described her wardrobe and the setting. Carolyn Meyer gives you a vivid description about life in England. The only thing I didn't like was that the book had too much Princess Mary in it, although she was a major figure in Elizabeth's life. The epilogue was mainly about Mary and missed some important facts of Elizabeth's reign. Nevertheless, this book is a must read. For those who have not yet read this book, it is awsome!! I would say this book is directed toward teens as are all the other Young Royals series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    Amazing!

    Watch out because ths book will bring you right back to the time of Elizabeth. Carolyn Meyer does a great job of puting you in the place of Elizabeth. There is joy, sadness, and terror in the heart of Elizabeth and Meyer does a great job of describing it. A Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Recommended for the best!

    This book was awesome it wasn¿t the best book I have ever read but it was good at the least. It starts out of course in old England and Princess Elizabeth, who of course is the main character, father had just died and her little brother has been made king. Her step mother Catherine has asked Elizabeth to move with her to her palace in the country. It has horses and fields with lovely gardens. Elizabeth¿s older sister Mary had shown up to the funeral but then left and hasn¿t been seen from at all. The current religion is Protestant which is important throughout the story. Everyone is worried because her brother is only about twelve years of age. And because he is so young he has no idea how to rule a country on his own so the council can convince him to do anything and Edward (the king) is basically just a puppet. The conflict is that everyone wants to be king!! Well queen in Elizabeth¿s and Mary's case. But then as Edward starts to lose weight and looks pale it becomes clear that he is dying. Within this time Edward reveals to Elizabeth that Mary is going to be queen and that she has become catholic even though the religion is Protestant. He tells her very little of conspiracies within the castle. Eventually he dies and a few days later Mary becomes queen. Now one conflict is that Mary has never liked Elizabeth in fact she hates Elizabeth. Even though they are sisters they are but half sisters. Elizabeth's mother was beheaded and accused of adultery. Mary hated her sister because their father left her mother to marry Elizabeth's mother. So when she becomes queen she accuses Elizabeth of treason. She (Mary) spies, lies, cons, bribes, and threatens to get Elizabeth in jail. She wants Elizabeth dead that much is clear. But while all this is happening Elizabeth can do nothing. I don¿t want to spoil the rest the book is well written is Elizabeth's point of view using first person. The theme of the book is the best part in my opinion, it shows all the troubles she goes through to survive she has to lie and be good at it to survive. It shows sometimes life is hard and you have to deal with it or die. Elizabeth is changed by what she goes through she has to toughen up or be eaten alive by the lies, cons and tricks. You also have to know that Elizabeth wants to be queen more than anything. The theme is supported by everything in the book she has to pass by her tears and be bold if she wants to be the queen of England. She learns a lot about trust and herself and that you can¿t always depend on someone in that time period she learns to grow up and grow up fast. The author did a great job with this book. I would rate this book a nine out of ten! You should read this book I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    Listen Up!

    Beware Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer is fantastic. If all the praises in the world could describe this than I give them credit. The book allows you to personaly relive the horror, deprestion, and it's a memerable book. You can personaly feel the emotions in trhis story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Read this book ASAP!!!!

    In this book, a young english princess's father dies and her very young brother must take the title of King. Over time, her brother dies and her half sister takes the title of Queen. During her time as Queen, she put all Prostants through a hellish life and forces them to become part of her religon. She puts her sister through hell because of their fathers ways and sends her to the tower. While she is in the tower, the only thought going through her mind is ' Will I live a another day?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    Can't get enough of it!

    This was one of my first Historical books and I loved it. I read trough it quickly and wished that it hadn't ended so soon. This book kept me interested in the English history.

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