Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544

Written by:
Kathryn Lasky
Narrated by:
Josephine Bailey

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2005
4 hours 16 minutes
Welcome to the bizarre court of Henry VIII, where even a princess fears losing her head like her mother. Elizabeth hides her tenacious personality from everyone, especially her father. Your 21st-century kid will enjoy Elizabeth's 'treasonous thoughts' and glimpse the daily life of a young woman who ascended the throne at 25 and went on to rule her country for 45 years.
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Very well done and enjoyable. True to historic fact but with the very real details of life at that time, even royal life, with the fleas and lice and rats, the buildings unrepaired and crumbling, the murder and intrigue. The young Elizabeth, age 11 and 12 in the book, written as a diary, was innocent and wise, observant as she would be as a queen, independent already, not wishing to ever marry because she has seen what happens to wives -- they are murdered. A good read!

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Unimaginative and flat. Elizabeth comes across as whiny and annoying. The writing is equally annoying. Don't waste your time with this.

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