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The Virgin Queen's Daughter

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,780 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
The court of the Queen Elizabeth is a hot-bed of intrigue and ambition...

It is a place where reputations can stand or fall on the merest hint of scandal. Lingering rumours even surround the Virgin Queen herself, despite the fate of those foolish enough to besmirch her reputation.

Recently arrived in court, Nell de Lacey is surprised to discover that many think she bears mor
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Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jul 02, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm half way through and can't put it down! I don't want to give anything away but I'm at the part that is jaw droppingly shocking!! A must read for history buffs and romantics alike!!
UPDATE: Since I have finished reading the book at 1:30AM I can say it was suspenseful to the end!! I couldn't put it down until it was done because there was just too many questions that didn't get answered until the last 10 pages or so!!! AWESOME!!
Sep 16, 2014 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is hilariously awful. The protagonist, Nell, does NOTHING but go to court and then fret about danger in melodramatic and passive self-indulgent agony. That's it. That's the story. Life at court isn't particularly fleshed out, but apparently it's very, very dangerous. I know, because every character says so. Over and over. Yet the precise source of danger is often murky and weirdly inconsistent (and, as is usual for female protagonists these days, Nell is SOOOOOOOOO STUPID in handling i ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Ceren rated it really liked it
The Virgin Queen's daughter is an fictionalised account of what could have happened if Queen Elizabeth had had an daughter from her illicit and infamous 'affair' with Thomas Seymour (her step-father). Nell, the main character, was quite fiesty, intelligent and stubborn which I quite liked very much. In a day and age where women were not given the same liberties in pursuing education as men, Nell is an vibrant young woman who craves to learn about the world-which sets out to also to nearly become ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical fiction book was a hoot to read. I knew very little about Queen Elizabeth the first and it was fun to learn more about her and those that surrounded her during her reign as England most beloved Queen. The book sort of has it all...tension, romance, history, mystery, and wit

The main character Nell is intelligent and realistic and I loved watching her character grow and change. I loved the chemistry between her and Sir Gabriel. I thought Queen Elizabeth was protrayed very well. Sh
This book is historical-fiction to the max. It takes a purely hypothetical case and runs with it. The plus? It runs with it in the richest way possible!

Based on the speculation that Elizabeth I was impregnated and gave birth in the country side with a secret mid-wife, Ella March Chase creates a story on a young child (Elinor) who is brought to court and realizes a close bond with Elizabeth. They both soon realize that this bond may be deeper. As deep and mother and daughter.

Sound too fluffy to
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Aug 25, 2011 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hauntingly spellbinding. The suggestion that Queen Elizabeth had a daughter as a result of her scandalous liaisons with either Thomas Seymour or Robert Dudley made for a truly fascinating read. I loved how Chase introduced the character of Nell de Lacy, revolving the narrative around her, and then interweaving the possibilities of her being the secret daughter of the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth is painted as the scholared, disciplined, bitter ruler that most historical sources portray h
Aug 21, 2009 Kayeb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with tidbits and info again that are fun...... like midwives cutting a bit of the bedding from the sides of wealthy women to prove they were there..and perhaps verify hidden births. A fun read, filled with enough history to be informative and enough speculation (elizabeth with a daughter) to be fun.

[close:] As captivating now as it was more than four centuries ago, the reign of Elizabeth I—with its scandal, intrigue, and resilience—has sparked the imaginations of generations. In her sweep
Jun 22, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This one's more of a "what if". What if Elizabeth secretly had a child after she was expelled from Katherine Parr's household? And what if that daughter - unknown to all concerned - ended up at court, a bright, intelligent, educated young woman?

Through Nell's sheltered, country eyes we see life at court: confusingly full of intrigue, back-biting and jostling for favors, along with a fear of trusting anyone. Her only friend seems to be Mary Grey, the short, deformed sister of the unfort
Nov 07, 2009 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zzz-books-2009
WOW - I knew Elizabeth was vain and always worried about keeping her crown, but this book sure plays that aspect up. Whether it is real or imagined, the portrait of Elizabeth is harsher than I realized. I found the main character Nell De Lacey entirely believable and enjoyed the constant intrigue from the court. I enjoyed the role that science and the new scientific ideas played in the story... What a cruel time to live in!
Jan 12, 2012 Jocelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one I was not quite sure about. But it has a fun story, it's historical fiction, I didn't know much about Queen Elizabeth. There was some suspense that made that last 100 pages hard to find a place to stop.
V.E. Lynne
Jan 31, 2014 V.E. Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Virgin Queen's Daughter' explores the possibility that Elizabeth I's image as the famous 'virgin queen' was nothing more than a carefully constructed charade designed to hide a great secret - that Elizabeth had had a baby at age fourteen by her stepmother's husband, Thomas Seymour. The scandal was hushed up and the baby, a girl called Nell, was adopted by the de Laceys and brought up as their child. But once Nell, against her adopted mother's wishes, enters the world of the court the blood ...more
Justine Gower
It was fairly good. For the most part life at court seems pretty much confined to the background and we spend most of our time trapped with Nell's thoughts. This was frustrating at times because I didn't feel like I was fully immersed in life at a Tudor court. Elizabeth I had always interested me, and she is depicted well (smart, quick to anger, intimidating but glamorous).

Nell started to annoy me at a certain point with her determination to hate and not trust Sir Gabriel. He's practically the
Jan 18, 2014 Marte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book reminded me why I love historical fiction so much; the feel of another century in the palm of my hand.

There's something special about history for me. Sometimes I even wish I was born in another century. In The Virgin Queen's Daughter you get the good and the bad of the lavish life at court during the reign of Elizabeth I. From deceiving courtiers to the faithful and beloved servants. The book centers on the rumour of a supposed child of Elizabeth, the child being Elinor "Nell" de Lace
Ash Bruxvoort
Feb 28, 2010 Ash Bruxvoort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book because it was a suggestion from someone else, but I was thrilled to find out as I read that the book was about Elizabeth I, or the end of the Tudor bloodline. Since I was totally obsessed with the show Tudors at the time I was reading this I had a little bit of extra information that helped me with the book. In Ella March Chase's The Virgin Queen's Daughter the main character is Nell de Lacy, a young woman obsessed with knowledge. As a child she meets (then) Princess ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Cayleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
This tale explores what could have been if Queen Elizabeth had a secret daughter by her step father Thomas Seymour. Our main character Nell de Lacey could be that daughter, but as a woman raised in the country away from court she has no idea, all she knows is that she longs to go to court and serve Queen Elizabeth. When she gets her wish, to the detriment of her mother ( who was once a lady in waiting to Catherine Parr) she goes to London with high hopes. But once she gets there rumors start swi ...more
As captivating now as it was more than four centuries ago, the reign of Elizabeth I—with its scandal, intrigue, and resilience—has sparked the imaginations
of generations. In her sweeping historical debut, Ella March Chase explores a thrilling possibility: that the Tudor bloodline did not end with the Virgin

Tucked away in the country estate of her beloved father, Lord Calverley, young Nell de Lacey feeds her hungry mind with philosophy, language, and studies
of science. Her mother, once a de
Tara Chevrestt
This was entertaining, as most novels containing the vindictive, petty, jealous, and headstrong Elizabeth Tudor tend to be. It contained the usual court drama and intrigue, courtiers tip toeing around the queen, being fearful of all they say, kissing her majesy's rear end, and having quiet, forbidden affairs. This book was very well written and I found it impressive as debut novels go. Nothing makes it stand out from other royal court dramas tho except the fact that one of the ladies in waiting ...more
Dec 10, 2009 Sensitivemuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was an interesting take on the life of Queen Elizabeth and the "what if" scenario. It never occured to me that such a thing could have possibly have happened. Who knows? this book explores it well and what I loved the most about it was the realistic account of court life during that specific time period. There was no romanticizing court life, it's more cutthroat, like being in a lion's den and no one is really safe from anybody. One little rumor and everything could fall like a pack ...more
Brooke Hembree
I really enjoyed Ella March Chase's Three Maids for a Crown wanted to read more of her books. I picked it up in March 2012, read a few pages and lost interest until I decided to clear off my "currently reading" shelf. I'm glad I did, because the beginning felt like slow going, once Elinor arrived at court and the intrigue began, I couldn't wait to happen next.

I enjoyed Chase's take on Elizabeth and her past, as well as her relationships with the people around her, especially Kat Ashley, her gove
Oct 20, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really interested in reading this book because I had read other books set at the same time period that had discussed and explored Elizabeth I early life and had touched upon the rumour that she had an affair with her stepfather whilst she spent time living with Henry VIII surviving wife Catherine Parr.

Books that explore parts of history that are rumour are my favourite kind of historical fiction and the author did a magnificent job weaving fact and fiction together to create a story that
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Jun 24, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Elinor de Lacy has spent much of her life at Calverley Hall in the country, locked away from all the scandals and intrigues of court. After a chance meeting with the young Elizabeth Tudor, at the time imprisoned in the Tower of London, Elinor develops an affection and loyalty for the princess, that develops into a burning desire to go to court. After Elizabeth becomes queen and Elinor's father dies, her sheltering mother has no other choice but to send Elinor to court to find her a suitabl ...more
There are rumors that Queen Elizabeth had a child in the years that she stayed with Catherine Parr as a young adult. This story imagines what might have happened if Elizabeth had had a daughter in secret. Nell de Lacey grew up knowing nothing of the terrible circumstances surrounding her birth. Elizabeth thought her daughter had been killed after birth to destroy the damning evidence of her affair. In secret, the midwife had taken the child and delivered her to a mother unable to have children o ...more
Dude. It's me buying a book for the cover again. I can't resist laces and frills.

As to the story, well, it doesn't need summarizing or anything. Yes it's about Elizabeth I (did she? didn't she?) and a very intelligent and learned (she's the narrator, we have it all from her own mouth) young girl. There is sort of happy end, although not an official recognition. There is a romance, a bit predictable, but all right, the guy is sort of interesting... There is Dr Dee too, but nothing comes out of it
Apr 09, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will admit now, I have had this book sitting in my to-be-read pile for over a year. What is more shameful is that I had started reading it, made it to chapter three and put it back in the stacks. What finally drew me back were the cover and the need to step back into historical fiction.

Where to begin…the beautiful detailed writing? The spot-on historical aspects? The intriguing story? The brilliant characters that captivated my every page turn? Yes my friends, it has it all.

While I could gush
Aug 12, 2012 Gaile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on the theory that Elizabeth I had a child when she was fourteen. In this book, Elinor De Lacey called Nell is that daughter. Raised far from court by a scholarly father and his wife, Nell becomes restless after her father dies. Against her mother's wishes, she finds a way to go to court. Once there, she discovers her mother was right. Elizabeth, who had been through so much danger in her youth was still alert and aware to anything that might threaten her throne. Nell finds th ...more
Cortney Watterson
Feb 24, 2014 Cortney Watterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a very interesting view into the life of Queen Elizabeth I. The idea that she conceived and delivered a chil in secret only fuels the fires upon which the "virgin Queen" rumors circulate. While this book was fiction, it opened a whole new real of reasons why the reign of Queen Elizabeth was so successful. History buffs who enjoy approaching history with ideas that are not found in the history books will thoroughly enjoy this book!
May 10, 2010 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading historical fiction that takes one impossible-to-prove rumor and bases an entire story on it. So needless to say, I loved this book.

This novel follows the life of Nell, a young girl who enters newly crowned Queen Elizabeth's court after trying to save her life many years before. It slowly comes out that there is about a 9-month period of Elizabeth's life where she was locked up and quite ill. (From what I have read in other places, this sickness and length of her stay is true). Thi
Jul 29, 2012 Suze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a historical romance novel about a willful, intelligent, stubborn girl who discovers she is the Virgin Queen's illegitimate daughter.

I completely enjoyed the way in which the author acquainted readers with the lead character. We get to follow Elinor as she grows up in country simplicity (although high-born), and willingly throws herself into the life of a lady of the court. She quickly learns the danger inherent in every word and action, as spies are everywhere, and they all fear (and r
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 11, 2015 09:10AM  
  • The Virgin's Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I
  • Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #1)
  • The King's Daughter. A Novel of the First Tudor Queen (Rose of York)
  • The Queen's Governess
  • Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • Plain Jane
  • Mademoiselle Boleyn
  • The Secret Bride (In The Court of Henry VIII, #1)
  • The Concubine
  • Her Mother's Daughter: A Novel of Queen Mary Tudor
  • Vengeance Is Mine: A Novel Of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, And Lady Rochford  The Woman Who Helped Destroy Them Both
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court
  • The Queen's Lady (Thornleigh, #1)
  • Rival to the Queen
  • The Pleasure Palace (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #1)
  • The Last Queen
When Ella March Chase was in third grade, she informed her teacher she didn't need to learn multiplication tables because she was going to be a famous writer when she grew up. At twenty-five, she combined her passion for researching history and spinning stories. Her daughter Kate claims even the family dogs were discovered while researching King Charles II-- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
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