The Virgin Queen's Daughter

The Virgin Queen's Daughter

by Ella March Chase


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The Virgin Queen's Daughter by Ella March Chase

In her sweeping historical debut, Ella March Chase explores a thrilling possibility: that the Tudor bloodline did not end with the Virgin Queen. As captivating now as it was more than four centuries ago, the reign of Elizabeth I—with its scandal, intrigue, and resilience—has sparked the imaginations of generations. 

Tucked away in the country estate of her beloved father, Lord Calverley, young Nell de Lacey feeds her hungry mind with philosophy, language, and studies of science. Her mother, once a devoted lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, would rather her daughter stop dabbling in the grand affairs of men and instead prepare for her eventual duties as a wife. She knows all too well what menace lurks in royal courts.

But Nell’s heart yearns for something more, and a chance meeting with Princess Elizabeth, then a prisoner of the Tower of London, pushes her closer toward finding it. Now, years later, Nell’s chance arrives when she is summoned to serve as a lady-in-waiting to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. Nell is entranced by the splendor and pageantry of royal life, unaware of the danger and deception that swirls around the monarch and her courtiers.

But a lingering rumor about nine unaccounted for months in the Virgin Queen’s past reignites when the flame-haired Nell—a mirror image of Her Majesty both physically and intellectually—arrives at court. Quickly she catches the eye not only of the cunning Elizabeth, but of those who would see the queen fail. With strong evidence to connect Elizabeth to her newest maid of honor and the politics of England in turmoil, the truth could send Nell and those she loves to the Tower to join in the wretched fates of those who’ve gone before her.

Engrossing and enlightening, The Virgin Queen’s Daughter brings to life one of the greatest mysteries of one of the greatest monarchs. Ella March Chase’s vivid storytelling gives due credence to a daughter who might have been and a mother who never was.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307451125
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ELLA MARCH CHASE is the author of Three Maids for a Crown and The Queen's Dwarf. She lives in Moline, Illinois.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ella March Chase combines the best of literary worlds, Historical Fiction, Strong Women, and a hint of Romance. You cannot go wrong with this book! I couldn't put it down, it's riveting and addictive!

Ella's research has unearthed a mystery that may have been told before, however, she adds a new twist, making this book a must read!

Ms. Chase's descriptions of the royal court and the countryside make the Tudor era come to life. One can feel dreariness of the Tower when described, the intrigues and elegance of the court, the paralyzing fear of discovery. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth reminds the reader of the nagging frustrations the Queen faced due to being an intelligent, strong woman of this era. The Queen is not unlikable; in fact she serves as a model for those facing a reality which one does not wish to live. She governed and led a country at a time when intelligence, being strong willed and power hungry was a resounding negative unless you were tied to a man. Both she and Nell share the thirst for knowledge and the truth as well as rebelling against the roles of the sexes in the time period. Thus, proving themselves to be more than capable, intelligent, resourceful, judicious heroines in their own right. They never cease to inspire!
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I thought it was an interesting take on the life of Queen Elizabeth and the "what if" scenario. It never occured to me that such a thing could have possibly have happened. Who knows? this book explores it well and what I loved the most about it was the realistic account of court life during that specific time period. There was no romanticizing court life, it's more cutthroat, like being in a lion's den and no one is really safe from anybody. One little rumor and everything could fall like a pack of dominos lined up one after the other. It was certainly a very intriguing and interesting book I couldn't find myself to put it down. It was well written, wonderful descriptions and to the point, court life was realistic and there is LOTS of intrigue. There is so much plotting going on you start feeling like Nell, and you feel you can't trust anybody with any of your secrets in the court. It was an absolute fun and interesting read. I liked Nell from beginning to end. She was so strong and although a bit headstrong and naive at times, she's mature enough to learn from her mistakes and continue to stay strong. Her traits were admirable and inspiring. I liked her relationship to Gabriel as well. They did suit each other and although it was obvious he was trying to help her, you couldn't help but mistrust him at the same time. He may seem very immature at first, and you share a dislike in him as Nell did at first, but as their relationship develops, you eventually accept him, and like him too. I also loved Nell's friendship with Mary Grey although an odd pair at first, and probably friends because they were "outcasts", Mary was probably one of the very few decent ladies in court (you'll find the maids of honor are rather catty and hard to deal with). Queen Elizabeth wasn't the nicest Queen either in this book, and I liked how the book portrayed her. Sometimes it does get tiring of reading on how great she was, I'm sure she has her evil bad days as well. In this book you'll find a much more mean, catty, jealous side to Elizabeth and not the wonderful regal Queen we're so used to reading about. The only criticism I can give to this book is, a little more historical information should have been given in the Author's note. It might help to have a bit more of an introduction for those that aren't too well versed with the history behind the Tudors. Overall, a wonderful exciting intriguing book about life in Queen Elizabeth's court, I definitely recommend this book to fans of Tudor England.
SlinkyFrog More than 1 year ago
I am fascinated with this era and the people involved, and this book didn't disappoint me. I found the suggestion of the plot involved believable.
Ginger219 More than 1 year ago
I have a fascination for Elizabeth Tutor and this book is definitely one of my favorites. I wish this book was based on fact and not just speculation or imagination, it's so sweet and thrilling all at the same time. Only thing was is that the ending is very easy to guess from the beginning but it was extremely entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was an amazing book, it made my love of history grow. Great for all age groups and genders. Had a lot of interseting twists not just a list of facts.
Alliesopinions More than 1 year ago
“The Virgin Queen’s Daughter” was a whirlwind of intrigue, romance, and paranoia. Beginning to end this book is suspense defined. The Tudor family has always fascinated me. I’m sure that statement can be made for many. Their line is full of mystery and madness. The Tudors were well known for their intense mood changes and paranoia. Living in the same conditions, I can’t say that most would feel differently. Every person you meet could be plotting your murder and overthrowing your rule as they dance with you and ploy you with compliments. It’s amazing that this is a debut novel. This book ranks, in my opinion, with historical fiction giants like Philippa Gregory and Alsion Weir. I am now adding Chase to my list of favorites for this genre. The idea that The Virgin Queen wasn’t a virgin at all and may possibly of had a child has been hotly debated for many years. I’m sure this will continue to be debated unless by some miracle evidence is found that solves the matter. Until then, it makes a fascinating point to speculate on. I would like to say that Nell would of been an oddity of the time but I can’t help but wonder how many women were secretly learning like her without making it apparent. Any attention in those days could be deadly. I think that Chase has written the best tale of how that scenario would play out if it did, in fact, happen. I was hooked from page one and have added her to my Christmas list of books my husband should buy for me. To see my full review, check out my blog AlliesOpinions on Wordpress!
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joeysgretchen More than 1 year ago
This book does an excellent job at expanding upon the rumor that Elizabeth I had a child when she was a teenager. It gives the reader freedom to make their own decision on whether or not the rumor has merit.
EagleMama More than 1 year ago
This book had an awesome concept and the characters came alive for me! Wonderful for a rainy day; however, the writing was a bit slow and repetitive. It also seemed as if the ending was rushed. The book took some time to explain the backgroud and history, but then ended within chapters. That was disappointing. I felt it could have had a hundred or so more pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will certainly leave you questioning the history books.