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Beware, Princess Elizabeth (Young Royals #2)

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Elizabeth Tudor's teenage years are hardly those of a fairy-tale princess. Her father has beheaded her mother; her jealous half sister has her locked away in the Tower of London; and her only love has betrayed her in his own quest for the throne.
Told in the voice of the young Elizabeth and ending when she is crowned queen, this is the second novel in the exciting Young Roy
Paperback, 214 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2001)
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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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
Carrie Slager
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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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
Great historical fiction. Very well done and reasonably accurate.
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
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
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.
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
“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)
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
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
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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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
Tami Daniel
"Beware, Princess Elizabeth" is a heart pumping story of a girl who is sadly misjudged. I would recommend this book to those who like main characters who fight to find their own identity. I would recommend this to those who enjoy a good female power piece. I would warn that there are a lot of violence and imagry.

This story is about Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry, half sister to Mary. Unfortunatly, Elizabeth has been labled a disgrace due to her traitoris mother Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth's father
Beware Princess Elizabeth begins with my father's (King Henry VIII) death in 1547. I had a fractured relationship with him; sometimes I was favored in court and other times I was sent away. I was only three when my mother Anne Boleyn was executed. My true companion was my governess Kat Ashley.

My half-brother, Edward, then became king, but he was young and frail; his reign was short. And brief was the reign of his successor Queen Jane Grey. My half-sister Mary and I intensely disliked and distru
I found this novel a very enthralling read. I found it a great fictionalization of historic events. Even though you know what it going to happen (or I would assume as much if you have had any history classes) the novel still makes you want to keep reading to see how things will come about. Very good book. I only wish I had read it years ago when I first bought it.
I read this in the Spring of 2004. The book was just soooo good. This is a great 1st series for anyone who wants to get an easy and quick history of the Tudors. Carolyn Meyer did an excellent job with this depiction. My favorite Tudor is Elizabeth I. She just has an amazing story and this is a great read for a first book into her great life.
This is a fictional account of the true story of Princess Elizabeth during her teenage years prior to becoming Queen of England. The story includes her controversial relationship with Thomas Seymour, her stepfather, her relationship with half brother King Edward and her brutal treatment at the hands of her sister Queen Mary who wanted to have her killed.

I liked this book as it was an easy light read,covering the story from the viewpoint of Elizabeth, and showing the fear that she lived in while
Having read about Queen Anne Boleyn and her step daughter Queen was really interesting to read about Anne's daughter Elizabeth!
When you think of princesses you think of plush palaces, adoring, handsome princesses, feasts and balls, beautiful's not quite like that...most of the time!
Elizabeth is a princesses but by no means has the stereotypical princess's life!
Her mother was beheaded, she's locked in a tower, then released into a world with cruel relations, deceit, waste
Erica J
Beware Princess Elizabeth is a story of many hardships. The author does an exceptional job to express the feelings of Elizabeth. Young girls would enjoy this book. I keep thinking of the movie The Other Boleyn Girl. After her father’s death, during the reign of her brother Edward, she was very happy, however her brother treated her like a sister only when he was not in the presence of the privy council. The death of her brother brought drastic hardship. Elizabeth was wanted by thousands of peopl ...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)
Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 (Royal Diaries #5) Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals, #1) Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 (Royal Diaries #3) Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals, #3) Kristina: The Girl King, Sweden, 1638

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