Absoutely LOVED this book! If you like King Henry VIII, this is about his father and mother, Queen Elizabeth (aka the Good) and King Henry VII. Mainly about his mother though and it shows of her growing up with her mother and sisters and father. The scene between her mother and her in sanctuary was wonderfully written. I can only imagine having to be forced to marry someone you don't love. Very highly recommended, especially if you love anything about Tudor history.
Elizabeth of York is the daughter of Edward IV, niece of Richard III, sister to Richard V and wife to Henry VII. With a tree of kings in her family you would think that Elizabeth would have been a strong, confident woman. Not so. Elizabeth was a very meek, subservient woman, which frustrated me at times. She deferred to all the men in her life to make her choices and lets her husbands overbearing mother rule the roost. As you can tell from this passage on page 174:
Mother, dont you understand? We are captives, you and I. Though you may roam more freely than I, we are both watched by Tudor spies, and they report back on everything we say or do. I cannot take back the reins of the household from Henrys mother. I have no influence on him. He hates the House of York. Tis only his mother and Morten he trusts. Their advice has been to give me honorable captivity, but tighter than what Henry received in Brittany, for in the end he escaped. I am not even permitted to write lettersthough whom I would write to is a matter for consideration. Everyone I would write to is dead
We see Elizabeth grow from a young girl in love with Sir Thomas Stafford, one of the guards, to taking her fathers advice and becoming the queen that he knew she would be by logically marrying Henry VI. Her only joy in life was the birth of her kind, sweet son, Prince Arthur. Elizabeth was much loved by her people and was the only reason that Henry VI was tolerated. We also have a glimpse into young Henry VIIIs early life. Elizabeth knew right away that young Henry would not be a good, kind leader that Arthur would be and feared that he would be cruel to his people. If you know anything about this history and know what happens.
I enjoyed reading The Kings Daughter. It blended fiction with historical facts seamlessly and without overburdening the reader. Ms. Worths description of places, people and things bring you right into the folds of the late 1400s.
I REALLY liked this book. It is the story of the parents of Hery VIII. The book focuses on his parents and Arthur mostly as he was suposed to be king. I will say this is longer read than most Tudor fiction I have read but it is well worth it. I had such sympathy for Elizabeth. It was just a wonderful Tudor fiction history book !(not sure how they label that. It is based on history BUT since few rcords of her exist the author had to fictionalize most)