Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Redheaded Princess

by Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 9780060733742

This book is about Queen Elizabeth I before she was queen. It is historical fiction.

This was the first book I had read by Ann Rinaldi, and I was impressed by the way she brings in actual facts into her story in an understandable way. She really weaves them into the plot.

This book was very interesting to me although I did not see very much hope or redemption. The time of Henry VIII was a brutal and sad time, even for the royalty in Europe. There was the Spanish Inquisition as well as poor King Henry killing all his billions of wives. Therefore the book was pretty dark, detailing the troubles Elizabeth had with her family members all trying to scheme and plot to take the throne.

Despite all of this sadness this was a pretty good book. I definitely learned new things about that time period, and bringing in the perspective of a young royal girl helped shed a new light on the topic. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

2 comments:

gamedesignmom~ said...

Have you read "Anna of Byzantium" by Tracy Barrett? Written in the first person by Anna, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor and heir apparent to the throne, it recounts political machinations and plots surrounding her position. I don't want to spoil the ending if you haven't read it, but in the end Anna finds peace and hope. You should give it a try. Thanks for all the reviews!

Jen

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