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Beware, Princess Elizabeth (Young Royals #2)

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Imprisonment. Betrayal. Lost love. Murder. What more must a princess endure?

Elizabeth Tudor's teenage and young adult years during the turbulent reigns of Edward and then Mary Tudor are hardly those of a fairy-tale princess. Her mother has been beheaded by Elizabeth's own father, Henry VIII; her jealous half sister, Mary, has her locked away in the Tower of London; and he
Paperback, 214 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2001)
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Katie S.
Sep 17, 2015 Katie S. rated it it was amazing
In the historical fiction book Beware, Princess Elizabeth, by Carolyn Meyer, the theme is to persevere against all odds. This book takes place in the 1500's in London, England and the outskirts of London. The titular protagonist is a teenage Princess Elizabeth, who is a bit of a rebel, and the future queen of England. After her father, King Henry VIII dies, his last wife dies, and finally her half brother dies, the kingdom of England is left in the hands of Elizabeth's sister Mary. Mary is the ...more
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The younger daughter of Henry VIII, Elizabeth’s future was far from certain. She enjoyed the benefits of a royal heir for only a short period, being declared illegitimate about the same time her mother lost her head. She was only returned to the line of succession during Henry’s sixth and final marriage. Her childhood was marked by a series of stepmothers; one dying in childbed, one set aside, one beh
Steffie Buechersammlerin
Das Befreien dieser SuB Leiche ging wunderbar schnell, dennoch konnte mich das Buch nicht richtig überzeugen. Ich würde diesem Buch auch eher 2,5* geben.
Die Geschichte von Elisabeth und ihren Geschwistern ist sehr interessant und ich werde mir auch noch weitere Bücher über sie zulegen. Hier fehlte es mir leider an Tiefe, denn in meinen Augen werden die Geschehnisse einfach nur runtergerattert. Mich hat dies ein wenig erstaunt, da das Buch aus der Ich Perspektive geschrieben ist und man dadurch
Laura Verret
I purchased this book in June of 2012. I read it in February of 2014. Why such a long delay between the purchasing and the reading? Well, to be honest, although I felt brave when purchasing it, my spirit wilted within me at the thought of reading yet another snarky princess story. So I waited, and waited, and waited… and then, as I was packing my books just prior to our move in February, I stopped and flipped through it. I immediately recognized that this was no ordinary account.

Most princess st
Mar 02, 2013 Rafaella rated it really liked it
This book was incredible, it kept me hooked until the very end which in this case wasn't very helpful because I had a set number of pages I had to read each night as a part of my literature circles homework. Elizabeth is a wonderful, powerful, intelligent and incredible young royal who never gave up on her journey to the throne. I can't imagine being jailed and forbidden to do many things by my own sister. I wondered how Elizabeth coped with it. I think when Kat Ashley was permitted to be with h ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
Title: Beware, Princess Elizabeth
Author: Carolyn Meyer
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Biography
Length: 214 pages
Date Finished: October 5, 2012

On January 31, 1547 King Henry the Eigth, Elizabeth's father, died. So then Elizabeth's brother, Edward, inheritted the throne. He later became sick and died. Mary, Elizabeth's sister was supposed to inherit the throne, but John Dudly tried to stop her and didn't succeed. Mary became queen and Elizabeth lived happily in a castle next to her's. Although, her h
Elizabeth Andrews
May 14, 2013 Elizabeth Andrews rated it liked it
"Beware, Princess Elizabeth"
I must say, I really don't know what made me want to read this book. Its prequel in the series, "Mary, Bloody Mary", was definitely not a book I enjoyed. But I will admit, this one was much better than the one before it.

One thing this book did far better than the first one was actually spread the plot line out. Instead of cramming whole years into a couple of sentences, the whole six, seven years (I'm not exactly sure how long it was), was spread out over the course o
Dec 23, 2008 April rated it liked it
Shelves: nerd, young-adult, 2008
I'm a big fan of Elizabeth I; she is a woman to look up to: intelligent, diplomatic, and independent, she led her nation at a time when women were thought to have few (if any) redeeming qualities, and she excelled at it to boot. Best of all, she did it without subjugating herself to a man. She is a feminist icon, and I love her.

Told from Elizabeth's point of view, the book deals with the period between Henry VIII's death and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne. By necessity, most of the dialogue
Kelcey Murdoch
Oct 23, 2015 Kelcey Murdoch rated it it was amazing
Another favorite from high school that I just re read.
Mar 17, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Beware, Princess Elizabeth was written by Carolyn Meyer. The genre is Historical Fiction. The main characters in this book are Princess Elizabeth Tutor, her sister Queen Mary, and her servant Kat Ashley. The setting is in different palaces in England.I recommend this book to girls ages 12 and up because of the time the book took place, it might be hard for girls younger to understand it. I liked this book because I had never read any other books on the England royal family.

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Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it really liked it
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Queen Elizabeth I is famous for being one of England’s most powerful monarchs ever, even though she reigned in a man’s era. But what do you really know about her, especially about her formative teen years? Well, after reading Beware, Princess Elizabeth you’ll definitely know why Elizabeth became such a powerful, influential ruler.

Unlike her older sister Mary, Elizabeth does not really remember a time when she was the favourite at court. She is first overshadowed by her boy-king brother upon her
Mar 06, 2015 Sruthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is in the perspective of Elizabeth who is a princess.She is talking about her teenage to adult years(13-25).All she wants is a peaceful happy life with whatever is left of her family, but she has many obstacles in her way.My opinion on this book is that it is interesting and that it keeps you hooked on.It is the first time I had ever read a book in the perspective of a real princess.This is book is a historical fiction because it is set in a significant time period.All the characters a ...more
May 12, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: allie
I read this book in order to approve it for my 10 year old step-daughter who was very interested in reading it. I thought the book was an excellent, fictional retelling of Queen Elizabeth's rise to the throne. I don't know a lot about the actual history of this event, but the book was written very well. Things move pretty quickly. In just over 200 pages, we see a synopsis of events with Elizabeth ranging from 13 years of age to 25, starting with the death of her father, King Henry VIII, and endi ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Lina rated it it was amazing
I liked the book, why? first i liked the characters, the plot was mainly good, and the world that was set in.


This book shows us the storyline of Elizabeth before she bacame queen and how she faced struggles, frames, lies.What i liked about this book is that everything had patience, the author did a great job by creating the characters, the world that was set in, the rule of Edward the VI and Mary Tudor, Elizabeth's dreams about becoming a queen one day, everything was described perfectly.

Sep 17, 2015 StepanieC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the book Beware Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer is an interesting book. It is a historical novel that talks about Elizabeth's exciting, but also daunting life.The main character is princess Elizabeth and the point of view is first person. In the story, Elizabeth is telling her story about how she becomes the queen of England. In this book, the reader gets to understand that life is very difficult for a princess to get the throne in England even if you're the kings daughter.The story ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: edrd-314-006
Great historical fiction. Very well done and reasonably accurate.
May 08, 2009 Dianna rated it it was ok
i tried reading this a while back in like fourth grade, and i can't even remember if i finished it or what...

it didn't pull me in very well. as in, at all.
Erika Filer
Jan 09, 2014 Erika Filer rated it really liked it
Thie historical fiction, realistic, first person POV narrative Beware, Princess Elizabeth by novelist Carolyn Meyer finds teenage Elizabeth Tudor entangled in a messy web of schemes, revolutions, and betrayals, after her father, King Henry VIII, who beheaded her mother, displaces her and her sister, Mary in the line for the throne. Their displacement leaves her younger brother, Edward, as heir of the English Kingdom.

Through a turn of events, after different relatives' heads have passed under th
Apr 26, 2013 Chai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the ones I read during my "royalty & intrigue" phase back when I was entering middle school. I remember it being very creepy and well written.
Oct 02, 2015 Fairley rated it really liked it
Unlike “Patience, Princess Catherine” and “Doomed Queen Anne”, this story was much more about political power—and I loved that. While it’s understandable, as the queen consorts didn’t do as much as queen regents, I enjoy reading about the latter more often.

Whether you’re a history buff or not, the life of Queen Elizabeth was a very interesting one. Back then, women weren’t viewed at the same level as men (unfortunately, like now, though there is a difference), but Elizabeth was rightfully an he
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the daughter of King Henry the VIII and Anne Boleyn, the wife he had executed on false charges of adultery simply because she did not birth him a son, the young Princess Elizabeth was at various times pampered, scorned, or simply ignored by her father. She and her young half-brother Edward, the heir to the throne, were close. But Elizabeth and her half-sister Mary - daughter of the woman Henry divorced to marry Anne Boleyn - were barely civil to each other. Mary hated Elizabeth simply for her ...more
Emily Good
Jan 20, 2013 Emily Good rated it it was amazing
“Consorts both in throne and grave, here rest we two sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, in the hope of one resurrection.” This is the epitaph that lies over the tomb of two powerful queens of England: Mary Tudor and her sister, Elizabeth I. In this brilliant historical fiction novel, Beware Princess Elizabeth, Carolyn Meyer explores the lives of these two sisters using an autobiographical narrative style.

Beware Princess Elizabeth follows the life of Elizabeth (Mary's half-sister) leading up to her cr
Priya (Sweet Picks)
May 04, 2012 Priya (Sweet Picks) rated it it was amazing
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The second book follows princess Elizabeth, the sister of Queen Mary. She is the only monarch of England to have been a woman and not married. This book begins with the death of King Henry VIII and the princess finding out three days later and her brother being crowned as king. When Edward dies of Consumption, princess Mary becomes queen and Elizabeth is told that she would be restoring the true church of England. The catholic church.

When she questions her sister's choices, she is imprisoned in
Lisa is Busy Nerding
in a sentence: Princess Elizabeth, the beautiful bastard child of Henry VIII, struggles through her sister Mary's persecution and her romantic trials through - and eventual abandonment - of marriage. All of this while she is waiting to become Queen of England.

The historical fiction novel is told from the point of view of Elizabeth herself, which creates a memoir sort of feel for the reader. Elizabeth faces some tough stuff, such as having to fake giving up her faith, watching her brother suffer
Jan 12, 2012 Ifmarybooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't know if I already mentionned this on my blog but i'm kind of an history geek and I just love british civilization so i'm always excited to read a book based on history. I want to read more historical book in 2012 by the way (I'm going to sign up for a challenge this year if I can) ! I'm fascined by the Tudors dinasty. I got these two books for christmas as well as a book about the Tudors in general and the dvds about the tv show that I rewatching during my christmas break so I was really i ...more
Taira Cangro
Dec 18, 2015 Taira Cangro rated it liked it
I read this book years ago (8th grade I believe) but I didn't know it was apart of a series, I found it today when looking at children's books that I want to give to family members and I saw the whole set.. which I'm definitely thinking of reading. I liked the book, I'm not sure of all the details in it since it was years ago that I read it but I do remember enjoying it and it being a little more suitable for someone around 14 instead of 12.
Aug 01, 2011 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-historical
Carolyn Meyer's fictionalized autobiographies of the famous Tudor princesses are interesting because she makes them feel so real. I was interested to discover that, just as "Mary, Bloody Mary" made me really sympathize with & feel for Henry VIII's eldest daughter & what she went through during her teenage years, so this book made me feel the same for Elizabeth. Yet generally one sides with either one or the other. I think this is the mark of a truly sympathetic author, one who can bring ...more
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Sep 13, 2011 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple if days ago I finished an awesome book called Beware Princess Elizabeth. This great book written my by Carolyn Meyer, is about Princess Elizabeth's teen years and up. Betrayal, lost love and murder, what more must a princess endure? Princess Elizabeth's mother Anne Boleyn was beheaded my her father Henry VIII, her evil half sister Mary locks her in a tower and keeps her prisoner, and her young brother dies of a deadly disease. This book is a fact filled, historical fiction novel. I lear ...more
Of the four books, this is most likely my favorite. I think Elizabeth is more fondly looked upon than her older sister, mother, or Catherine of Aragon (not sure why, since Catherine really never did anything wrong). In general, though, I’m not a big fan of any of the Tudors. Beware, Princess Elizabeth moves at a very quick speed, often skimming over months at a time in a paragraph, or jumping quickly. More than any other book in the series, I think I would have liked this to go more in-depth, bu ...more
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Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Young Royals (7 books)
  • Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals, #1)
  • Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals, #3)
  • Patience, Princess Catherine (Young Royals, #4)
  • Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de' Medici (Young Royals, #5)
  • The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette (Young Royals, #6)
  • The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary Queen of Scots (Young Royals, #7)

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