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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.
Posted August 16, 2012
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.
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Posted January 22, 2010
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 December 4, 2010
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(:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2010
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!!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2008
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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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2007
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2006
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?'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.