Maid of the King's Court

Maid of the King's Court

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Her father, Baron of Stone, announced his twelve-year-old daughter Eliza Rose Camperdowne would soon wed the son of the Earl of Westmoreland, in hope to revive the distressed family fortune through her marriage.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9780763688066
Characteristics: 348 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Eliza Rose.

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marthabwaters
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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