Beware, Princess Elizabeth (Young Royals Series)

Beware, Princess Elizabeth (Young Royals Series)

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Overview

Imprisonment. Betrayal. Lost love. Murder. What more must a princess endure?

Elizabeth Tudor's teenage and young adult years during the turbulent reigns of Edward and then Mary Tudor are hardly those of a fairy-tale princess. Her mother has been beheaded by Elizabeth's own father, Henry VIII; her jealous half sister, Mary, has her locked away in the Tower of London; and her only love interest betrays her in his own quest for the throne.

Told in the voice of the young Elizabeth and ending when she is crowned queen, this second novel in the exciting series explores the relationship between two sisters who became mortal enemies. Carolyn Meyer has written an intriguing historical tale that reveals the deep-seated rivalry between a determined girl who became one of England's most powerful monarchs and the sister who tried everything to stop her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152045562
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Series: Young Royals Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 235,767
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

CAROLYN MEYER is the celebrated author of more than forty books for young people, many of which have received awards and honors. She lives with her husband in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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"High drama. . . . The elements of Elizabeth's life remain irresistible."—Booklist
"Gripping."—School Library Journal

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Beware, Princess Elizabeth 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
nm.fall08.j.bean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Elizabeth you is third in line for her fathers thrown. This book tells you about Elizabeth's struggles with her sister for the crown. The good thing about this book is that you will never know what elizabeth will do next, She could be at her fathers funeral and the next thing you know Elizabeth is locked in a tower by the order of her sister Queen Mary, you just can't stop reading it so you will go through the book fast. the bad thingh about this book is thgat you have to rewad vary slowly because this book is vary hard to understand. the way yhey talked back in the day was and is vary different from the English that we speak today. If you like a book that is suprising and suspenceful then this book is for you.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Someone needs to tell Carolyn Meyer that it's not necessary to describe in detail every single outfit each character wears, and furthermore, that to suddenly introduce a character that tells the protagonist all sorts of detailed information and then conveniently disappears is so blatant a plot device that I'm sure the 12-year-olds this book is directed at will see right through it.
alebarbu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Beware, Princess Elizabeth" is a fictional account of Elizabeth I's teenage and young adult years, from the time her father, King Henry VIII, died when she was 13 to when she became queen of England in 1559 at age 25. "Lady Elizabeth" as she was known during that time had a lot to fight against, and worry about after the death of her father. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, had been executed by order of her father when Elizabeth was not yet three years old. Subsequently, she was declared illegitimate. With the death of Henry VIII, Elizabeth lost her main protection. Her younger brother, Edward, had become king, and Elizabeth found herself under suspicion for a while because of her association with Tom Seymour who was accused of wanting to kidnap the king, and of scheming to marry her. She knew him because he had married her stepmother after her father's death. Those charges proved groundless, but that was one early scare she had as a teenager. Edward VI died of tuberculosis in 1553, at age 15. One of the members of the privy council, John Dudley, had managed to make Edward declare Lady Jane Grey (Henry VIII's great-niece) as his successor, and not his half-sister Mary, as his father's will had stipulated. However, Mary claimed her rights to the throne. Noblemen and common people flocked to her defense because she was popular, and she was declared queen very soon after that. Mary was a fervent Catholic, and she wanted all Protestants (including her half-sister Elizabeth) to convert to Catholicism. They were burned at the stake if they refused, and hundreds of them died that way during her five-year reign. She also had Elizabeth imprisoned in the Tower of London, and then under house arrest in the ruins of Woodstock palace for several months because Elizabeth was accused of supporting Protestants rebelling against Mary. When Mary became sick and understood she was dying, she finally recognized her sister as her successor, and Elizabeth became queen on November 17, 1558. She was crowned on January 15, 1559.This book is written with Elizabeth as the narrator, which makes the reader privy to her thoughts and emotions, as if the reader were reading a diary. This technique brings Elizabeth closer to the reader who sympathizes with her, and learns about some private facets of her personality. In this book, Elizabeth comes across as a very likeable, witty and determined young woman who faced many perils, and had to overcome many hurdles before becoming queen of England. From what I know about this period of English history, the book seems to be historically accurate. The many characters are well developed, and although the plot may be a bit hard to follow at times for readers not familiar with that period of history, the book is well-written and very enjoyable to read. I love history, so I usually enjoy any fiction and non-fiction historical reading, but I think that this book would be interesting to read even for young adults who may not particularly like history. It reads as a story of a young adult living in the 16th century while at the same time providing valuable historical and cultural information about that time period. Also, it is not a dull book as it mirrors the eventful times in which the story takes place.I recommend this book for purchase for a middle school library because I think the type of writing makes it more likely to be enjoyed by Gr. 6-8 students, but also because it ties into the seventh grade social studies standards.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever since I attempted to read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, I realized that if I wanted to appreciate that book, I needed to gain a better understanding of the Tudor lineage, personalities and power plays. I asked around for a recommendation for a fictional account that would be easy to follow but was founded on solid research and historical accuracy. That's when an LT friend surprised me by sending me this book in the mail. As part of the Young Royals series, the short novel is an first person account of Elizabeth's life from the death of her father King Henry VIII, through the trials and tribulations of the reign of her brother Edward VI, followed by the extreme discomfort she suffered throughout her sister Queen Mary's rule. Mary Tudor had such a fear that Elizabeth would take the throne from her through an organized rebellion that she banished her and treated her as a prisoner for the better part of her reign. The simple family tree of the Tudors at the beginning of the book was a great help, and I finally feel like I've got a bit of background understanding of the dynamics at play. I'm not sure what I'll follow up with, but at least I am no longer completely in the dark.
Anaxshre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sign of good historical fiction is being engaging and natural. This Novel displays both qualities and more. I would recommend this book to both historical fiction lovers and those who are reading such a book for the first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is pretty good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well this book is really good but i also think that it is kinda confusing im 12 and i have to read it for reading counts but other wise i think that it is a great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book ever I hqve read it at least 10 times all the way through
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This was a great book! I injoyed learing about all the young royals. :P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your a person who loves history or wants to learn about the English monarchies then this is the book for you
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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(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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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