Maid of the King's Court

Maid of the King's Court

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In the vibrant, volatile court of Henry VIII, can even the most willful young woman direct her own fate and follow her heart in a world ruled by powerful men?

Clever, headstrong Elizabeth Rose Camperdowne knows her duty. As the sole heiress to an old but impoverished noble family, Eliza must marry a man of wealth and title -- it's the only fate for a girl of her standing. But when a surprising turn of events lands her in the royal court as a maid of honor to Anne of Cleves, Eliza is drawn into the dizzying, dangerous orbit of Henry the Eighth and struggles to distinguish friend from foe. Is her glamorous flirt of a cousin, Katherine Howard, an ally in this deceptive place, or is she Eliza's worst enemy? And then there's Ned Barsby, the king's handsome page, who is entirely unsuitable for Eliza but impossible to ignore. British historian Lucy Worsley provides a vivid, romantic glimpse of the treachery, tragedy, and thrills of life in the Tudor court.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780763688066
Characteristics: 348 pages
Additional Contributors: Worsley, Lucy


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Apr 02, 2017

This is super, super readable YA historical fiction that nicely finds balance between providing readers with details of the historical context (the court of Henry VIII in the Anne of Cleves/Katherine Howard years) without getting bogged down in too much dense detail of the court politics. The heroine is a cousin of (poor, doomed) Katherine Howard who serves as a lady in waiting, and the book spans six or seven years of her life. Worlsey is fortunate in that, of course, she picked an extremely interesting period in history to focus on, lending the novel a lot of drama from the actual real-life events that were occurring, but Eliza is an interesting heroine whose head you enjoy spending 350 pages in. I also thought Worlsey's take on Katherine Howard was interesting -- I've always found her to be rather stupid, as that's generally the way she's portrayed, but Worlsey lends her character some nuance that I found quite interesting.

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