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THE QUEEN'S HANDMAIDEN
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
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
Eloise witnesses old King Henry's death, young King Edward's death
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: October 2007