The King's Daughter: A Novel of the First Tudor Queen

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In this groundbreaking novel, award-winning author Sandra Worth vibrantly brings to life the people's Queen, 'Elizabeth the Good.'

Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth of York trusts that her beloved father's dying wish has left England in the hands of a just and deserving ruler. But upon the rise of Richard of Gloucester, Elizabeth's family experiences one devastation after another: her late father is exposed as a bigamist, she and her siblings are ...

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Overview

In this groundbreaking novel, award-winning author Sandra Worth vibrantly brings to life the people's Queen, 'Elizabeth the Good.'

Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth of York trusts that her beloved father's dying wish has left England in the hands of a just and deserving ruler. But upon the rise of Richard of Gloucester, Elizabeth's family experiences one devastation after another: her late father is exposed as a bigamist, she and her siblings are branded bastards, and her brothers are taken into the new king's custody, then reportedly killed.

But one fateful night leads Elizabeth to question her prejudices. Through the eyes of Richard's ailing queen she sees a man worthy of respect and undying adoration. His dedication to his people inspires a forbidden love and ultimately gives her the courage to accept her destiny, marry Henry Tudor, and become Queen. While her soul may secretly belong to another, her heart belongs to England?

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Worth vividly brings one of England's lesser-known queens to life in this luminous portrait of "Elizabeth the Good," wife of Henry VII and mother of the notorious Henry VIII. The daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville Grey (who dabbled in witchcraft), Elizabeth of York first falls in love with her uncle-a man she originally despised-who later becomes King Richard III after Edward's death. Although she does not marry Richard, Elizabeth becomes queen when she accepts Henry Tudor's proposal and becomes the first Tudor Queen. Woven into Elizabeth's story are the shrewish machinations of her mother and Margaret Beaufort, Henry's mother, as well as the mysterious fates of her brothers, Edward V and Richard of York, the princes who disappeared in the Tower of London. Worth (Lady of the Roses) examines Elizabeth's life with a journalist's eye, an impressive feat given that her subject left little behind for study. This attention to detail will appeal to fans of historical fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425221440
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 337,929
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Worth is the award-winning author of four previous historical novels. She is a frequent lecturer on the Wars of the Roses and has been published by Ricardian journals in the United States and England.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

    Great Writing, Impossible-to-Forget Characters

    Moran's cover quote on Ms. Worth's book says it all: "Meticulously researched, exquisitely written, here is a rich, magnificent novel of the Tudor court evoking a once forgotten queen, now impossible to forget."

    Impossible to forget, indeed. Worth has brilliantly breathed life and emotion into Elizabeth the Good. Worth's may be my favorite book of all those in this popular genre, and I look forward to a long and distinguished career from her.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    An in-depth novel of the first Tudor Queen

    Elizabeth of York is brought to life in Sandra Worth's novel THE KING'S DAUGHTER, A NOVEL OF THE FIRST TUDOR QUEEN.

    Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV, lived the life of a true princess of England. A beloved princess to her father, she finds that upon his death she is to be used as a political pawn by her ruthless mother. After her father's death the world she was accustomed to no longer exists. Fleeing into the safety of the sanctuary with her mother and siblings after her fathers brother Richard claims the crown as his own. To soon are they forced to hand over the true heirs of the throne. King Richard soon comes to reveal the secret plans he made to save the lives of his young nephews. Welcoming Elizabeth to back to court, she soon finds that she is falling deeply in love with her uncle the King. With King Richard's wife, Queen Anne dying, Elizabeth with the aid of the Queen is pushed upon the King. Although a happy ending was not theirs to have. Rumors soon start circulating about Richard poising his wife to wed his niece, forcing Richard to deny them. Soon he must defend his kingdom against Henry Tudor. Struck by grief he rides into battle only to be slaughtered. Elizabeth has lost it all her father, and now the man she loves, she now knows that is her responsibility to protect those she loves. Marrying the new King Henry Tudor she has ended the bloody wars know as The War of the Roses. Although the new Queen now finds that she has no power with the King. She is more like a captive than a queen, constantly guarded by the King's mother and spied on by the King's spies. Unable to help those she loves, and holding little sway over the King's decision Elizabeth focuses on raising her son Arthur to be a goodly and just king. Little by little Elizabeth finds that she has come to care for Henry. Soon their world is threatened by the uprising a man who claims to be one of the princes in the tower. Could this be Elizabeth's brother coming to claim the crown that is rightfully his? Henry is quick to dispel any claims that this pretender may hold and executes all those associated with the previous Kings. Elizabeth will never know if he was indeed her brother. Upon her death Elizabeth is finally reunited with the King she loves Richard.


    A once forgotten queen takes center stage in this gripping historical novel. Methodically researched and extremely well written, THE KING'S DAUGHTER, A NOVEL OF THE FIRST TUDOR QUEEN will pull on your heart-strings. Sandra Worth has a magical way of combing fiction and history so the reader is drawn into the heart of the book. Rich in detail, nothing has been overlooked in this breathtaking novel of love and loss. In THE KINGS DAUGHTER, A NOVEL OF THE FIRST TUDOR QUEEN Sandra Worth has included all the trappings and intrigues associated with court. On occasion you will read a book in which the story and characters have been so well defined that it will linger in your memory for all time, THE KING'S DAUGHTER, A NOVEL OF THE FIRST TUDOR QUEEN is indeed that book.


    I do have to say that this has to be one of my favorite books that I have read for a long time. I enjoyed they way that Sandra Worth has humanized King Richard III instead of choosing to make him out as the villain. She has also shed a new light on the only woman to have been daughter, mother, wife, and niece to the Kings of England. I would highly recommend this book to those who like both history and a love story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2010

    This is a MUST read!

    A beautiful child of beautiful parents, Elizabeth of York is the politically important eldest daughter of a triumphant king, Edward IV. She's just in her teens when family feuding eclipses her golden future and destroys the Plantagenet dynasty. A political marriage to Henry Tudor sets her on the throne of England and promises to end civil war. Often appalled by her husband's avarice and bloodthirsty paranoia, constantly watched by Margaret Beaufort, her mother-in-law who acts like she's the true queen, Elizabeth has no political power, only occasional influence. Her love and hope for the future centers on her firstborn, Arthur, whom she raises to be a chivalrous ruler like her father and uncle, Richard III. But pretenders to the throne and her younger brother's possible survival tear at her heart. And Henry, the second son who wants to be king in his brother's place, is a selfish, heartless child who laughs at the pain of others.

    This is a sad story of a captive queen who does her best to protect her sisters and her countrymen. It's often painful to read how much pleasure she has in tiny, humanizing victories. Her gallantry hearkens back to her Plantagenet ancestors even as she helps bridge England into the more ruthless Tudor age. However, holding onto her humanity and the overflowing love she shares with her family and her people is a kind of victory that readers can comprehend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    My Motto: Without Changing!

    "Love drew her heart toward him, and shame drover her eyes away." Such are the words shared by Tristan and Iseult in a volume treasured by King Richard of Gloucester and Elizabeth of York, the daughter of King Edward V, Richard's brother. Simple, clear words perhaps but in reality portraying a mesmerizing, complex life of a woman seeking her own role in history! <BR/><BR/>The story begins with understanding the totally dissimilar nature of Elizabeth's parents, her life intertwined with a loving but unwise father, King Edward, and her overbearingly meddling mother, Bess Woodville, a notorious woman feared by everyone in the kingdom. The latter is a woman like so many other tyrants, possessing an inordinate amount of greed stemming from fear of being deposed and having to return to an insignificant, impoverished status. The description sounds historically objective, but Sandra Worth fully captures the essence of Elizabeth's confused plight in the middle of this calculating shrew who calls herself mother and siblings who eventually will disappear or turn against Elizabeth for a very long time. Who will prevail and what personality will evolve from such chaotic parenting? Imagine such a childhood! <BR/><BR/>Bess Woodville's plans following the death of King Edward are thwarted by Richard seizing the throne as Protector and then King, and all seems well for a while as he and his beloved Queen Anne rule England. Justice becomes the norm rather than the exception, until Richard's rivals begin to make war to seize the Crown. Times of joy and tragedy follow the royal couple. Will Richard's mercy free Bess and allow Elizabeth a place in his court? For there we read of the intimate bond between this King and Queen about to be tested in the furnace of adversity.<BR/><BR/>During this time, Elizabeth realizes her mother's lies have distorted the truth. As Elizabeth begins to see Richard with new eyes, how will she be treated by the Queen and by Richard who previously sees Elizabeth only as a despised Woodville?<BR/><BR/>Destiny seemingly has other plans as Henry VII invades England and Elizabeth agrees to marry the usurper, a union tortured again, this time by Henry's own mother, Margaret Beaufort, a woman even more diabolical than Elizabeth's own mother. Will Elizabeth find honor or regret in her choice made for what she believes is England's good? What can she do against her mother-in-law's influence over her two very different sons, Arthur and Henry? <BR/><BR/>Sandra Worth's writing elicits confusing, loving and hateful thoughts, feelings and responses resulting from the reader's total immersion in these carefully crafted historical characters' lives, reactions paralleling Elizabeth's own. The author's creative writing skills are honed with excellent research and insight into personality.<BR/><BR/>Ms. Worth, superbly done! Readers, prepare yourself for an amazing, wonderful read herein as you sit down to enjoy the life of Good Elizabeth, the first Tudor Queen!<BR/><BR/>Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on December 6, 2008

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  • Posted November 30, 2008

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    A fascinating look at history as a novel.

    In The King's Daughter Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV, tells her own story about growing up and becoming the First Tudor Queen.<BR/><BR/>She leads a pampered life until the king dies and the battle over who is the rightful heir to the throne begins. Once Richard of Gloucester is proclaimed the true successor, Elizabeth is taken from her seclusion in the sanctuary and brought to court as a lady in waiting for Richard's wife, Queen Anne. But just when everything seems perfect, Queen Anne becomes ill and knowing she has only a short time left, she persuades Elizabeth to see Richard in a new light. Together they begin plotting for Elizabeth to marry Richard after Anne's death.<BR/><BR/>Devastated by his true love's death Richard sends Elizabeth away and recklessly leads his men into what some say was a suicide mission against Henry Tudor. In order to secure his position as the new king Henry marries Elizabeth and together they begin the Tudor dynasty.<BR/><BR/>This was an amazing book! With the Showtime series the Tudors I fell in love with King Henry VIII so having the opportunity to read his mother's story, I jumped at the chance.<BR/><BR/>Elizabeth's life was full of devastation and loss yet she remained true to the English people up until her death. Forced to marry Henry and dominated by her dreaded mother-in-law, Elizabeth led her life without question and this novel shares some of her deepest secrets.<BR/><BR/>Much is written about Henry VII and his mother but so few history books tell the tale of Elizabeth. Even though this is only a novel, I feel that you get a good look into her life with this story. I highly recommend this book to all historical lovers and anyone who has a fascination with royalty.

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  • Posted November 7, 2008

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    This late fifteenth century biographical fiction looks closely at Elizabeth of York

    When the Duke of Gloucester became King Richard, his seventeen year old niece Elizabeth of York becomes a prisoner of his ambition like her two younger siblings. Richard incarcerates the "little princes" in the Tower and proclaims his niece is a bastard. He also further abuses his royal power insuring opposition is nil as he cements his control of the throne.<BR/><BR/>Elizabeth is shocked by what is happening to her and immediate family. Her dying aunt suggests she trust Richard¿s judgment and accept her lot in life. She does as she marries Henry Tudor in 1486, whose rise to the crown led to the English believing her to be the "Good Queen". Their oldest son Prince Arthur weds Katherine of Aragon; and their oldest daughter Margaret marries the King of the Scots. When her Arthur dies, she worries about her other son Henry being young to be a ruler except with her as the Queen Consort guiding hand<BR/><BR/>This late fifteenth century biographical fiction looks closely at Elizabeth of York who through the males in her life is related to several kings as a daughter, niece, mother and finally wife of Henry VII; and should have been sister too. The story line brings Elizabeth to life as she watches her world crumble when her father dies and her uncle incarcerates her and her younger brothers only for her to rise again and again. Sub-genre readers will appreciate this worthy look at the machinations to sit on the English throne during the War of the Roses, the peace her marriage to Henry brings to the land and the rise of her children to throne; as she was much more than the title as her roles in life all lead to that of royal relative.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Queen Elizabeth the Good Queen.

    I enjoyed the fictiional view in the life of Elizabeth of York. What a hard life to follow out of duty and honor for your family and country. I loved the stpry.v

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    Overbearing Mother

    Elizabeth of York is the daughter of Edward IV, niece of Richard III, sister to Richard V and wife to Henry VII. With a tree of kings in her family you would think that Elizabeth would have been a strong, confident woman. Not so. Elizabeth was a very meek, subservient woman, which frustrated me at times. She deferred to all the men in her life to make her choices and lets her husband's overbearing mother rule the roost. As you can tell from this passage on page 174:

    "Mother, don't you understand? We are captives, you and I. Though you may roam more freely than I, we are both watched by Tudor spies, and they report back on everything we say or do. I cannot take back the reins of the household from Henry's mother. I have no influence on him. He hates the House of York. 'Tis only his mother and Morten he trusts. Their advice has been to give me honorable captivity, but tighter than what Henry received in Brittany, for in the end he escaped. I am not even permitted to write letters-though whom I would write to is a matter for consideration. Everyone I would write to is dead"

    We see Elizabeth grow from a young girl in love with Sir Thomas Stafford, one of the guards, to taking her father's advice and becoming the queen that he knew she would be by logically marrying Henry VI. Her only joy in life was the birth of her kind, sweet son, Prince Arthur. Elizabeth was much loved by her people and was the only reason that Henry VI was tolerated. We also have a glimpse into young Henry VIII's early life. Elizabeth knew right away that young Henry would not be a good, kind leader that Arthur would be and feared that he would be cruel to his people. If you know anything about this history and know what happens.

    I enjoyed reading The King's Daughter. It blended fiction with historical facts seamlessly and without overburdening the reader. Ms. Worth's description of places, people and things bring you right into the folds of the late 1400's.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    A New Take

    This book is a completely new take on Elizabeth of York, her passions and her motives for submitting to the Tudor invasion. Rather than the normal (and slightly insipid) "Good Queen Bess," this book presents a passionate and compassionate young woman left utterly alone to care for her family and her country.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    The King's Daughter: and the King's niece, the King's wife, the King's mother. So many titles for such a humble and unassuming lady.

    I found this book to be a very sad tale for the main character. She had no control over any faction of her life or so it appears and was always the mediator and peacekeeper in so many situations. She played such a pivotal role in history and yet never liked to have attention drawn to herself. But her plight was like so many women during these times. Their lives were not their own. They were but pawns for power and property. Elizabeth handled it all with grace and dignity and was much beloved throughout her life because of her ability to cope with her lot.

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