Image of The Queen's Handmaiden


Image of The Queen's Handmaiden

Following in the tradition of the
fictionalized biography begun
by Jean Plaidy and Norah Lofts,
Ashley merges actual events and
real personages with engaging
fictional characters and presents
a colorful portrait of Elizabeth I
though the eyes of her friend and seamstress, Eloise Rousell. Ashley's
talent for bringing history to life is
evident on every page.

Born within days of the Princess Elizabeth, Eloise lives quietly, until her father's death sends her to court, where her Aunt Kat is governess to the princess. The girls become fast friends, and in a household where loyalty is prized, Eloise becomes the confidante and favorite seamstress to Elizabeth.

Eloise witnesses old King Henry's death, young King Edward's death and Bloody Mary's reign. She watches Elizabeth take the throne to become a powerful monarch, but when Eloise falls in love, she places her heart and her head in danger - because political intrigue is never far from the throne. (Berkley, Oct., 320 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin