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THE QUEEN'S HANDMAIDEN
by Jennifer Ashley

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: Tudor England

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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

Publisher: Berkley

Published: October 2007

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