Princess Elizabeth is the daughter of James I, a position that would seem to be enviable and filled with pomp and luxury. But Elizabeth finds herself walking a dangerous tightrope, struggling to be seen as more than a broodmare to be sold for the benefit of England, without arousing her father's dangerous temper. Elizabeth has not seen her mother in years, but when she is finally called to court, she is hopefully for her mother's love and attention. Instead, her mother gives her a slave, Tallie, but nothing more. Tallie helps Elizabeth realize that she is only a weak and helpless if she gives up. When Elizabeth finds a suitor that offers a chance of happiness, she must decide if it is worth fighting for, even if threatens her life.
"The King's Daughter" by Christie Dickason was an engrossing read, filled with historical characters that leapt from the page, larger than life. This was an exciting and dangerous time, with court filled with factions vying for a jealous king's attention and patronage. This is a outstanding piece of historical entertainment, a must read for fans of English history.
The daughter of James I, the Princess Elizabeth would not be merely her father's pawn in the royal marriage market.
The court of James I is a dangerous place, with factions led by warring cousins Robert Cecil and Francis Bacon. While Europe seethes with conflict between Protestants and Catholics, James sees himself as a grand peacemaker—and wants to make his mark by trading his children for political treaties.
Henry, Prince of Wales, and his sister, Elizabeth, find themselves far more popular than their distrusted father, a perilous position for a child of a jealous king. When Elizabeth is introduced to one suitor, Frederick, the Elector Palatine, she feels the unexpected possibility of happiness. But her fate is not her own to choose—and when her parents brutally withdraw their support for the union, Elizabeth must take command of her own future, with the help of an unexpected ally, the slave girl Tallie, who seeks her own, very different freedom.