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Queen Elizabeth's Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  240 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
From the author of At the Mercy of the Queen comes the gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I’s young cousin and ward, set against the glittering backdrop of the Elizabethan court.

Mistress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite ward, enjoying every privilege the position affords. The queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like any good mother, she wants her to make
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Michelle (True Book Addict)
I have touched on this I would think that someone like me would grow tired of the Tudors, as I have been reading books and watching shows and films about them faithfully for years...and how honestly I thought I was starting to feel a bit less enamored in recent days. However, this author has such a spot on voice when it comes to writing about the Tudors. Queen Elizabeth I is arguably my most favorite Tudor figure and the depiction of her in this book is exactly as I imagine she wa ...more
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
It is not often that I love a book in this genre but I admit that I loved this book. I read it last night and I ended up staying up late because I just couldn't put it down. This is very well written and I think if you are picky in this genre of novels you will just absolutely love this one.

I highly recommend .

I give this 5 out of 5
Book of Secrets ☕
QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DAUGHTER is a captivating novel of forbidden love, religious conflict, and political intrigue in the lavish court of Elizabeth I. The story is about Mary Shelton, cousin to the queen on the Boleyn side of the family. Mary became Elizabeth's ward as a young child after the death of her parents. The queen thought of her as the child she'd never have, and Mary quickly became Elizabeth's favorite, which was both a blessing and a curse.

I enjoyed seeing the different faces of Elizabe
I have to be honest and found that I struggled to finish this one, provided by the publisher through netgalley.

What did I like?

- I love history, particularly Tudor history, about which more and more is being researched, written and published all the time, and I appreciate that it is a wonderful setting for a piece of historical fiction. All that intrigue, gossip, unstable politics, threats of chaos and invasion from both within and without the British Isles, and a Court lead by a mercurial, int
Susan (susayq ~)
I really liked this glimpse into the life of Queen Elizabeth through the eyes of her ward, Mary. We got to see a side of her that was motherly and not just queenly. I loved the parallels between Elizabeth being in love with a man she could not be with and Mary's forbidden love of John which led to her rebellion and marrying him against the Queen's wishes.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Queen Elizabeth's Daughter" is the story of Mary Shelton, a young woman who is a cousin of the infamous queen. She is also the ward of the Queen and she is treated more like a daughter than a mere ward. In this book, we get to see a very different side of Queen Elizabeth than we get to see in a lot of other books, which I found very cool. Queen Elizabeth is absolutely fascinating to me and I just cannot get enough of reading about her. I really enjoyed this story!

I always love learning somethin
May 13, 2015 Books rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2015
I don’t read much historical fiction, but when I do I always end up enjoying it. This book, however, is the exception. Though I finished this lengthy novel, I can’t say I enjoyed it very much. The story moves at a good pace, and a lot happens to keep the plot moving, but somehow I just couldn’t immerse myself in it. Quite disappointing, because I was looking forward to reading a historical fiction novel that what take me back in time allowing me to relive a tiny part of history. I mostly attribu ...more
Feb 12, 2014 AvidReader47 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put this one down. Fantastic. Love the Elizabethan era and everything surrounding this time in history. Wonderfully written and the storyline was exceptional. Will definitely be reading more from this author. Highly recommended.
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It's been nearly three months since I reviewed a Tudor era fiction. I'm not sure if that's a personal record, I'm not exactly a Tudor junkie, but it does seem as though I'm due. Today's title? Queen Elizabeth's Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill.

I'd looked forward to this title and was initially really excited about reading it. That enthusiasm, however, faded early on and by the time I finished the book, dissipated entirely.
V.E. Lynne
Mary Shelton, cousin to Queen Elizabeth I, was brought up at court as the queen's ward when she was left an orphan at the age of three. So close is their relationship that the queen has come to think of Mary, nicknamed "fawn", as her surrogate daughter. But no one crosses Elizabeth I without facing dire consequences and Mary must face some of her own when she secretly weds Sir John Skydemore, a mere knight and a Catholic to boot. Will Mary and John survive their sovereign's wrath? "Queen Elizabe ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
It has been such a long time since I have read a historical fiction based on Tudors Era that I couldn't wait when I saw the new release of Queen Elizabeth's Daughter to come out!

Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth's favorite ward, having been under the queens care ever since her mother died when she was only 3 years old - she lives the life of privilege that her position offers. Queen Elizabeth loves Mary as if she was her very own flesh and blood. Therefore like any good mother, she want's what's b
Apr 01, 2014 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mistress Mary Shelton was Queen Elizabeth’s cousin (Anne Boleyn line) and the new queen’s ward since the age of three, when Mary became an orphan - and Elizabeth had just turned twenty-five at the time. The queen loved Mary and truly treated her as her own daughter.

Brought up in the most royal entourage- with lessons in dance, music, languages, embroidering- Mary was Elizabeth’s pride and joy. Along with these privileges though came the attachment of a nonnegotiable marriage arrangement. As dear
Erin Al-Mehairi
Mar 25, 2014 Erin Al-Mehairi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a little road trip this weekend, and as I was the passenger I had the perk of getting a lot of reading done. A book I dove into on this trip, and a little late into the night at the hotel when I should have been resting, was Anne Clinard Barnhill's Queen Elizabeth's Daughter. It's a novel of Queen Elizabeth I, but actually it's mostly a novel of Mary Shelton, her lady-in-waiting, second cousin, and ward.

I immediately got lost in the easy ebb and flow of Anne's words across the page and he
Andrea Guy
If you love the Tudor period, Queen Elizabeth's Daughter should be on your reading list. This book provides a very different view of Elizabeth's reign, through the eyes of her ward, Mary Shelton. (though part of the story is told from the Queen's viewpoint too)

Mary is a character you will love because she is very much a teenager as the book starts out. She's spoiled and a little rebellious and she wants to do her own thing, but you do watch her grow as a woman. But for me, the real star of this
Mar 12, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything about the Tudor's. Love reading about them and learning the history behind the stories.
Anne Clinard Barnhill has created an amazing story. Mary Shelton is a dynamic, likable character. We see her grow and evolve under the guide of Queen Elizabeth and the other members of Elizabeth's court. Mary is the ward and cousin of the Queen, growing up in a court full of intrigue and danger. She is surrounded by individuals who are almost paranoid with their beliefs and ideas. Elizabeth
Jun 04, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Shelton is the young cousin of the Queen, orphaned at three and taken to live at court. She enjoys a close relationship to Elizabeth, a love that is quite maternal and at times the historical equivalent of BFF. Mary is there through Elizabeth's romantic heartaches and political headaches. This story is set mainly through the troubles with Mary, Queen of Scots and Protestant/Catholic tension. It doesn't help matters that Mary, of the Queen's church, has fallen for a Catholic who is loyal to ...more
May 05, 2014 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Ms. Barnhill and I did enjoy a her view of Elizabeth I's court through the eyes of her ward, Mary Shelton. Mary was a cousin who was taken into Elizabeth's care after she was orphaned. She was brought up at court and treated as if she were indeed a daughter to the Queen. But with such high living comes consequences - like not being able to choose your own husband. Elizabeth has big plans for Mary - or maybe she will just keep her pure for all men are bound to cause hear ...more
If I could give this 2.5 stars, I would. As in previous Barnhill novels, this carries some of the same stilted, awkward conversations between characters and little character development. Though, once again, I enjoyed hearing form a player at Court that is not often heard from, this book can't keep pace with some of the more well written books. As with "At The Queen's Mercy" it made me feel as though this could have been a much more intriguing book if written by a different author, especially as ...more
I really did like this book, Anne Clinard Barnhill is great and the Shelton family are so interesting. A problem for me were that Madge Shelton and her cousin Anne Boleyn in At the Mercy of the Queen were more likeable,vivid characters, Queen Elizabeth not being a favorite for me.

The dialogue that Elizabeth has with herself and/or Blanche Parry was a bit awkward, although I understand the need for Elizabeth to make her reasoning known to the reader. The appearance of those conversations may als
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 11, 2014 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Queen Elizabeth's Daughter is the second novel featuring the Tudors, the first is At The Mercy of the Queen. This novel is focused on the life of Mary Shelton from the time she was taken in as the queen's ward after her parents died. As Mary was Queen Elizabeth's cousin she had a privileged life as one of the women appointed the the queen's Privy Chamber. Mary was also the queen's sleeping companion. Mary of course was at the whim of the queen, even to whom she should marry. Mary falls in love w ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel as though I’ve been going through withdrawal from one of my favorite genres which is historical fiction of course. It feels like ages since I got to sit down and enjoy a good piece of historical fiction but not any longer … Anne Clinard Barnhill’s newest novel Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter was a great read and the perfect book to curl up with and read this past weekend! Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter takes us back to all of the intricacies of the Tudor court along with the treachery and betrayal
Patty Mccormick
Jun 15, 2014 Patty Mccormick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did Queen Elizabeth have a daughter? No not really, but Mary Shelton was her cousin and a ward of the court. She was like a daughter to Elizabeth. Now you are probably saying not another Tudor novel!!! Well yes it is, but….I think that this one is deserving of closer inspection!!

This book contains everything that I like about the Tudors: the court, the love, the intrigue, the religious conflict and politics. I was not disappointed in this one. I am happy to say that this book gives us a new view
Frishawn Quinn
Queen Elizabeth's Daughter, while one book, tells the stories of two women; Queen Elizabeth I and her ward, Mary Shelton.
Surprising, though the story does indeed feature Queen Elizabeth, it is the character of the lesser known Mary, that is truly allowed to shine as the "driving force" behind the novel's complex plot.

Following Mary from the time that she first comes to Elizabeth as an orphan at age 3, through her childhood, service to the queen, and culminating at Elizabeth's death. Queen Elizab
Dec 05, 2014 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not expert in historical fiction (although I read a couple each year) but I’d say this one is a keeper. The author succeeds in creating a most personal story set in a key place during England’s classic period—Tudor’s England. And the book is both a character’s study—for Queen Elizabeth—and a coming-of-age, harrowing path for Mary Shelton. It reveals a world with very different personal freedoms, ruthlessly ruled but also enslaved by rules.

Although the main character (Mary Shelton, a distant
Sep 09, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The summary sounded interesting and the writing was good. However, the plot just fell flat for me. Elizabeth was so desperate to keep Mary by her side that she was willing to do anything to do so (view spoiler)

I feel like everything was resolved too easily. Although Mary could be killed if she was spotted in London (view spoiler)
The Lit Bitch
Reviewing this book was difficult for me. There is a lot….and I mean A LOT….of Tudor/Elizabethan literature out there so it’s a challenge to find something different and unique in the genre.

There was nothing necessarily ‘unique’ in the story itself at least for me, but what set this novel apart and made it different was the attention to the details. The Elizabethan court was vibrantly brought to life and was full of descriptions. I could see all the court perfectly in my mind.

The little details
Stevie Carroll
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread:

The Tudors always strike me as being rather under-represented when I’m looking for lightweight historical romances to read, being generally overshadowed both by the Regency period (for historical romance) and by weightier volumes covering the era or the fictionalised love lives of the most powerful members of the various monarch’s courts. So I was very pleased when this book came up for review, although a little nervous after some of my
ARe Cafe
Jun 04, 2014 ARe Cafe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kat's staff pick for the week of 5/26/14.

Kat says: Mary Shelton is the young cousin of the Queen, orphaned at three and taken to live at court. She enjoys a close relationship to Elizabeth, a love that is quite maternal and at times the historical equivalent of BFF. Mary is there through Elizabeth's romantic heartaches and political headaches. This story is set mainly through the troubles with Mary, Queen of Scots and Protestant/Catholic tension. It doesn't help matters that Mary, of the Queen's
Jun 27, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books about the Tudor period and really enjoyed the Author's unique perspective of Queen Elizabeth I's relationship with one of her royal wards (and cousin). Interspersed throughout the book are short chapters in which you are in the mind of Queen Elizabeth and what she is thinking. Those short chapters are then followed by longer chapters in which you get Mary Sheldon's 'side of the story'. It was a very interesting and very effective way to introduce two different perspectives ...more
Gina Shoen
Mar 24, 2014 Gina Shoen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical book, that I truly enjoyed from cover to cover. It covered a period of history that I find fascinating, from a point of view that we wouldn't normally have seen. From the "human" side of Queen Elizabeth. The characters are rich and the personalities are believable. You want to comfort each character, and cheer them on! The author brings the Elizabethan court to life, even showing a tender side to Queen Elizabeth. Extremely well written.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 04, 2015 10:16AM  
  • The Boleyn Bride
  • Roses Have Thorns (Ladies in Waiting #3)
  • My Lady Viper
  • The Virgin's Daughter (Tudor Legacy #1)
  • The Tudor Conspiracy (The Spymaster Chronicles, #2)
  • Blood Between Queens (Thornleigh, #5)
  • Venus in Winter
  • The Forgotten Queen
  • The King's Damsel (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #5)
  • Queen of Bedlam
  • I, Jane (In the Court of Henry VIII, #4)
  • Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady
  • The Collector of Dying Breaths (Reincarnationist, #6)
  • The Queen's Secret
  • Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony
  • The Spanish Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
  • The Men Who Would Be King: Suitors to Queen Elizabeth I
Anne Clinard Barnhill has been writing or dreaming of writing for most of her life. For the past twenty years, she has published articles, book and theater reviews, poetry, and short stories. Her first book, AT HOME IN THE LAND OF OZ, recalls what it was like growing up with an autistic sister. Her work has won various awards and grants. Barnhill holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Univer ...more
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