Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author and winner of RWA's RITA award, writes as Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley. She lives in the southwest with her husband and cats and spends most of her time in the wonderful world of her stories. More about the series and Jennifer's books can be found on her website.
The Queen's Handmaidenby Jennifer Ashley
Her name is Eloise Rousell
. Daughter of a well-bred lady and a strolling player, she lived her early years in peaceful obscurity. But then her father died-and her new stepfather wanted none of her. So she was sent to her aunt, Kat Ashley-governess to/i>
A novel of the early years of Elizabeth Tudor-as told by the spirited niece of her real-life governess.
Her name is Eloise Rousell
. Daughter of a well-bred lady and a strolling player, she lived her early years in peaceful obscurity. But then her father died-and her new stepfather wanted none of her. So she was sent to her aunt, Kat Ashley-governess to the young Elizabeth Tudor.
In the tumultuous household of the princess in exile, Eloise finds her destiny- best friend, confidante, lady-in-waiting, and favored seamstress of the fiery girl who would become the greatest monarch of all time.
Through a decade of plots and counter-plots, tragedies and triumphs, Eloise, like her aunt, is a constant in Elizabeth's life. Risking her heart- and her head-in service to the cause of seeing Elizabeth on the throne, Eloise is a bright, brave, sprightly witness to history. This is her story.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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The Queen's Handmaiden is a fast page turner as the latest court intrigue makes the reader turn the page to see what happens. Jennifer Ashley has created a lively herione Eloise Rousell niece to Princess Elizabeth Tudor governess Kat Ashley. Both girls share a common bond, they have been neglicted by their birth parents and as a result have grown up to be close chilhood firends. This is a fun intro to Tudor history.
Eloise Rousell is the same age as Princess Elizabeth as both were born in 1533. However, unlike the royalty, Eloise lived with a traveling troupe until her aristocratic mother is dumped as a pampered pathetic lady once her actor spouse died. The five years old is sent to live with her Aunt Kat, governess to the ¿defrocked¿ no longer a princess by royal decree of her sire when he beheaded her mother so Eloise moves to the court. She becomes Elizabeth¿s most trusted confident. Thus she is there when King Henry died she sees his offspring young King Edward die in a rather short reign and observes first hand Bloody Mary take the throne terrorizing her half sister Elizabeth and others. When Elizabeth becomes queen, Eloise¿s importance to her highness is even greater. However, when Eloise falls in love, she fears her beloved might be endangered as those surrounding the Queen would do anything to gain an edge she has not considered that she might also be in peril from those who want to gain power. --- Jennifer Ashley provides a clever look at the life of Elizabeth I through a fictional confident Eloise Rousell. Royal events like queen beheadings are cleverly tied to moments in Eloise¿s life. Thus fans obtain a deep biographical fiction that intelligently compares the big scenario of the royal stage to a minor participant influenced by what happens at center court. --- Harriet Klausner