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The redheaded princess : a novel
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2008
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*Starred Review* In Rinaldi's latest work of historical fiction, the popular author looks to the life of Elizabeth I leading up to her spectacular reign in Renaissance England. The stage is set by a helpful historical preface, which illuminates the circumstances of Elizabeth's traumatic childhood, fraught with brutal political treachery. (Her own father routinely had his wives murdered for suspected affairs and for not producing a son.) Rinaldi makes history come alive through her portrayal of the tough, precocious heroine at the outset, Elizabeth muses that it is never good when you hear a horse galloping up to your home in the middle of the day or night. Night is worse, of course. Religious and political tensions of the day emerge in the course of the story, and through it all, the princess comes into her own as a self-possessed young woman with the steely courage to face the chicanery and rivalries besetting the court. The rich scene-setting and believable, appealing heroine will satisfy Rinaldi's many fans, especially those captivated by the slice of the same history the author explored in her book about Lady Jane Gray, Nine Days a Queen (2005). And, for readers who may have first encountered Elizabeth I in Kathryn Lasky's Royal Diaries treatment (1999), this more substantial portrait offers a natural next step.--O'Malley, Anne Copyright 2007 Booklist
Summary
<p>Growing up, Elizabeth fears she can never be Queen. Although she is the King's daughter, no woman can ever hope to rule over men in England, especially when her mother has been executed for treason.</p> <p>For all her royal blood, Elizabeth's life is fraught with danger and uncertainty. Sometimes she is welcome in the royal court; other times she is cast out into the countryside. With her position constantly changing, the Princess must navigate a sea of shifting loyalties and dangerous affections. At stake is her life--for beheading is not uncommon among the factions that war for the Crown.</p> <p>With the vivid human touch that has made her one of the foremost writers of historical fiction, Ann Rinaldi brings to life the heart and soul of the young Elizabeth I. It's a portrait of a great leader as she may have been as she found her way to the glorious destiny that lay before her.</p>
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