- I love reading about the intrigue of the English Court.
- I began this book on the 5th of November – an event which takes place in the book itself.
Summary from GoodReads:
Superb historical novel of the Jacobean court, in which Princess Elizabeth strives to avoid becoming her father’s pawn in the royal marriage market The court of James I is a volatile place, with factions led by warring cousins Robert Cecil and Francis Bacon. Europe is seething with conflict between Protestants and Catholics. James sees himself as a grand peacemaker — and what better way to make his mark than to use his children in marriage negotiations? Into this court come Henry, Prince of Wales, and his sister Elizabeth. Their louche father is so distrusted that soon they are far more popular than he is: an impossibly dangerous position. Then Elizabeth is introduced to Frederick of Bohemia, Elector Palatine. He’s shy but they understand one another. She decides he will be her husband — but her parents change their minds. Brutally denied Henry’s support, how can Elizabeth forge her own future? At once a love story, a tale of international politics and a tremendous evocation of England at a time of great change, this is a landmark novel to thrill all lovers of fine historical fiction.
As much as I love to read historical fiction and gravitate toward the stories of the British Royalty, every time I finish one of these books I have one single thought: I am so glad this wasn’t me.
Intrigue, betrayal, murder, lust and more are held within the pages of The King’s Daughter by Christie Dickason. While some historical fiction books can get bogged down with names and make it difficult to follow (due to the constant use of the same names), the only thing confusing about this book was the name. Which King’s daughter? So let me answer that for you: Elizabeth II, daughter of James I of Scotland, or James VI of England, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots.
King James I was.. not a nice man, and Dickason paints him as being coarse, petulant and spoiled. When I picked up this story on the 5th of November and noticed the corresponding date on the inside, granted 1605, I had to laugh a little – because the treason of those actions played a central part in this book and the relationship between Elizabeth and her father.
I admittedly do not know much about Elizabeth II or her brother, Henry, so it was interesting reading a story that was unfamiliar to me. I think Dickason did a beautiful job of telling the story of what her life would have been like, feeling as if she were gems or wealth to be bandied about, offered to this prince or that prince – whichever would make the best match for England.
This book is told in the first person, from the perspective of a young, Elizabeth Stuart, but never once did I feel as if the book was a young adult novel, or meant to be one. Elizabeth is portrayed as having a young sort of wisdom, but still behaves without thought and, in some ways, very much resembles her father.
… and Christie Dickason? I’ll be keeping my eye on this author. She did a beautiful job of writing this story and I look forward to seeing what else she has to offer.
About the Author
A little about Christie’s life and experience so far, including her work in theatre before becoming a writer.
What type of book does Christie write, and why?
Christie has also written poetry, articles and short stories. In addition, she teaches writing and collaborates as a librettist with an award-winning composer on projects that range from single songs, through cantatas to the indescribable.
Visit Christie Dickason on her website here.
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