Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544

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Welcome to the bizarre court of Henry VIII, where even a princess fears losing her head like her mother. Elizabeth hides her tenacious personality from everyone, especially her father. Your 21st-century kid will enjoy Elizabeth's "treasonous thoughts" and glimpse the daily life of a young woman who ascended the throne at 25 and went on to rule her country for 45 years.

In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII,...

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Overview


Welcome to the bizarre court of Henry VIII, where even a princess fears losing her head like her mother. Elizabeth hides her tenacious personality from everyone, especially her father. Your 21st-century kid will enjoy Elizabeth's "treasonous thoughts" and glimpse the daily life of a young woman who ascended the throne at 25 and went on to rule her country for 45 years.

In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII, celebrates holidays and birthdays, relives her mother's execution, revels in her studies, and agonizes over her father's health.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Katie Preissner
Movies including Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love, and of course, Elizabeth, have brought English history to the masses. Now, a new series of books lets children get close to these powerful monarchs in a unique way. Subtitled Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544, this book is presented as the secret childhood diary of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII, who later came to rule England as Queen Elizabeth I. A fan of English history myself, I appreciated recognizing historical fact woven into this fictional diary, from Elizabeth's descriptions of her very religious sister, Princess Mary, to her explanation of her father's many marriages. While kids learn about life in England during Henry VIII's reign, they easily form a bond with Princess Elizabeth, who, like any eleven-year-old, encounters sibling rivalry, completes her homework, and constantly craves for her father's attention and love. This is a great book for any young reader interested in England, princesses, history, books in diary format, or who just want a great read. I can't wait to read the next "Royal Diary!"
ALAN Review
As the daughter of a supposed witch, Princess Elizabeth--the future Queen of England--lives her life in turmoil. Surrounded by a loving father and stepmother, yet often exiled because of her antics, Elizabeth spends her life traveling from one castle to another, year in and year out. Along the way, she develops wonderful relationships with her brother, Prince Edward, and her governess, Kat. We discover, too, the mysteries surrounding the deaths of King Henry VIII's wives; the close brush that the current Queen, Catherine Parr, has with death; Elizabeth's dislike of her sister, Princess Mary; and Princess Elizabeth's dream to one day be queen herself. Told as a "diary" as an addition to the Scholastic "Royal Diaries" Series, Kathryn Lasky brings her readers the biography of Queen Elizabeth, rounding out her text with smart charts and illustrations. A wonderful and fairly accurate read for children ages 9-12. Part of the "Royal Diaries." Genre: Historical Fiction. 1999, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12, $10.95. Reviewer: Julie Hughey
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In this addition to the series of fictional diaries focusing on royalty by Kathryn Lasky (Scholastic, 1999), Elizabeth, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, shares her day-to-day life from the ages of 11 to 14. She feels herself the "forgotten" or "invisible" princess, being exiled from court life to a country estate due to an unfortunate turn of phrase which earns her father's displeasure. She swings from melancholy to exhilaration as she is finally allowed back at court. Her longing for her father's approval, along with the typical pastimes of an upper-class child in mid-16th century England and her friendships with Robin Dudley and Lady Jane Gray are Elizabeth's main concerns. Her father, his many wives, including the current Queen, Catherine Parr, and other members of the Tudor household are superficially developed. History is conveyed, accurately for the most part, in an entertaining fashion. Narrator Josephine Bailey's light British accent is perfect for a young Elizabeth's first person point-of-view set in diary format. A good choice for libraries where the series is popular.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Josephine Bailey reads with a haughty confidence. Her well-enunciated accent sounds royal as she mixes palace intrigue with preteen concerns of school and friends." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400101351
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Royal Diaries Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 4 CDs, 4 hrs. 30 min.
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 5.44 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author


Coming soon... Josephine Bailey has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and a prestigious Audie Award, and Publishers Weekly named her Best Female Narrator in 2002. Her native British accent has been used in many audiobooks and voice-overs, including The Wild Thornberries, Uncle Gus, and Disney-Dreamworks projects. In addition to her award-winning voice work, Josephine is involved in television, film, and theater. On television she has played parts in Robin Hood, A Tale of Two Cities, and Sword of Freedom. In film she was featured in Shadow Hours, Life's a Circus, and Corridors of Blood. Her theater experience includes lead roles in Betrayal, Otherwise Engaged, and Blithe Spirit. Josephine received her training from the Corona Stage School in London and the Tracy Roberts Actors Studio in Los Angeles. Josephine currently resides in South Carolina.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    I liked it.

    I enjoyed this book. it was bit scary at times. I read it when i was younger, about ten maybe. It was good, and I like and respect Queen Elizabeth. like her, I will NEVER fall in love! She suffered so much! It was a very gory book and Im afraid of blood. Very interesting. My favorate part was May Day when she talked to Mandy. I cant beleive they drowned the poor kittens! Like Daisys kittens . . . . . . SO READ THIS BOOK! But I think that only girls will appreciate it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

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    This book I think it is fun,but then scary at times. To have your mother dead your dad having all these wives and never knowing what is going to happen.But is also a wonderful book i read the royal diaries all the time and I think they are really good books !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The last book that I have read is ELEANOR CROWN JEWEL OF AQUATINE. that is another great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    THE BEST BOOK IN WORLD HISTORY!!

    I read this book and loved it!!I loved how the author wrote it and would definatly buy it!It tells you how elizabeth lived her life and how sad and how much pain she felt because her mother was hated and called a witch.I also felt bad about how mary treated her.It teaches so much history i couldnt put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    fabulistcal

    it could have not been better.it is awe inspiring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    The diary that started it all!

    I read this diary when I was eight, but stopped because I couldn't tell what went on and kept getting lost with King Henry's wives. Even though I kept looking at the chart, I still had no idea which wife was being talked about. When I reread the story at an older age, I understood the it entirely. The book begins with Elizabeth exiled at Hatfield. It made me depressed how much she suffered and longed for her Father's attention. Even after returning to court, she still underwent terrible troubles and insults by her sister Mary (aka y Mary). Her friends, Lady Jane Grey and her brother, helped her endure some of her troubles. The book ends with her father's and Edward's coronation. Katharyn Lasky writes the book in such a way that you emotionaly feel Elizabeth's pain and stress. Espeshely when her father dies and the kingdom is in turmoil over who should rule. I felt for Elizabeth in that time, for who would want a cruel sister who s you aand only wants you ? I enjoyed this diary, as I have enjoyed all of them. but I must say I have read better ones but that is just my opinion. For those who have not read this book, I do recommend they read a copy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    i think it was good 

    i think it was good 

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the BEST BOOKS EVER

    I can't remember when I first got my hands on this book, but I went head over heels in love with it! I've read it over and over again, in spite of ageing. It is certainly one of my most favorite books ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    I started to read this book when i was 9 but never finished it because I didnt understand it.But now that Im 11 I understand and totally relate.I thought it would be horrible to be exiled all the time and feel unloved by your father.But that is exactly what makes you want to read more.I almost cried at the end because ... well I wont spoil it for you but you will defanatly want to buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

    Going back in time........

    As I read this book I was constantly wondering what happened to Elizabeth. Did she rule? What became of soon to be 'Bloody' Mary. What really happened to Elizabeth's mother? What was going on with the religion? the book was really interesting and I enjoyed it. It makes you feel like you are lost and forgotten too as Elizabeth goes through pain and longing for her fathers attention. Really interesting and you could at times feel like you were there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2006

    One of the greatest

    I love Enlish History, and I read this book a year ago and was amazed at the detail of the story-It was realistic, not like other historical ficton, I would deff. recomend it to younger readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2006

    THE DIARY OF A PRINCESS

    This stroy is informal. If you don't like non-fictio books you would still like it. I am reading it for a book club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    Good Book

    This is one of the best Dear America Books I have! It teaches life about being a forgotten princess and I love her accent. Now I have to see the Dear America movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    A great book!!!!

    I really enjoyed this book! I loved the descriptions of how she lived.I would deffently reccomend it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    One of my Favorites

    Elizabeth is one of my favorite Queens. The fact that she never married and still ruled is amazing. This is definately one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2005

    THe Best!

    I thought that this book is definetly the best book in the whole series. She has a good attitude about life, and she was very patient about all that appened to her. I think that her father was the most selfish person I have ever read about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2005

    amazing story i never knew!

    Elizabeth has seen people disapprove of her threw her life.the only person who truely love Elizabeth was her mother who was murder by her father the king of England.Eliz was only 2 yr old when she died.later on she suck her gut in and moved on and showed the whole kingdom God send her to be a blessing.Not a curse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Very Goo!!

    Very, very, very, good. I've only read 3 others but this was one of the best ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2005

    good for a history book

    I don't usually like historical fiction books, but this one was really good. It kept me interested and I loved all the details of princess life and how a lot of emotion is shown.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    boring

    This book started out okay, but then it just started repeating itself. Nothing very interesting ever happens. we will give it 2 stars because of how disappointed we were with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2004

    Pretty Good

    I loved the details about the realities of court life (lice and swill). Really connected with Elizabeth wanting to have a father. Depicts Mary as cruel to Elizabeth, so not true! Mary absolutely adored Elizabeth!

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