UK Publication Date: 7 Apr 2016. 368 pages.
Lucy Worsley has written a number of serious historical tomes for adult readers but this is her first book for younger readers. That said, although this is marketed as a children’s book with illustrations, I would be inclined to say that it is more for the Young Adult market than for children.
Eliza Rose begins in 1536. Elizabeth is the twelve year old daughter of Lord Anthony Camperdowne and at her advanced years she is to be betrothed to the son of the Earl of Westmoreland. A marriage that will be advantageous to her whole family.
The book covers her teen years including her education and links with the Royal Family as she is sent to court with her cousin Katherine Howard to be ladies in waiting. Some of the themes (medical and sexual) require quite a mature reader so I would not recommend this book for under twelves.
Overall it is an interesting read that gives you a real feel for the court of the Tudors and the pressures on a young naive girl of the times. It is an easy read that is not difficult to follow but gives you a real feel for life in such turbulent times.
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