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The King's Daughter

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,971 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
In this groundbreaking novel, award-winning author Sandra Worth vibrantly brings to life the people's Queen, "Elizabeth the Good." Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth of York trusts that her beloved father's dying wish has left England in the hands of a just and deserving ruler. But upon the rise of Richard of Gloucester, Elizabeth's family experiences one devastation after anoth ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Berkley
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"And you, my cold arse of a lord, should try to find a heart,"
I hissed under my breath stabbing my needle through the silk.

The Plantagenets and Tudors made fascinating history and reading this fictionalization of Elizabeth of York's life made me want to learn more about Perkin Warbeck the so-called Pretender. The author's note which is nearly ten pages long was intriguing and I was happy that Sandra Worth included a family tree for reference.

I don't know if it is because I had such high expec
Perhaps I've been spoiled by the last book I just read, The Sunne in Splendour, but I found this exploration of Elizabeth of York's life lacking.

The writing was clunky and awkward. Mostly modern language had strange, Shakespearean sentences sporadically sprinkled about for seemingly no reason. Though well researched, the insertion of history into Elizabeth's story usually consisted of the action grinding to a halt while Elizabeth (the book is written in 1st person) gives the reader the who's who
The King's Daughter recounts the life of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, sister to Edward V and wife to Henry VII and mother to Henry VIII. This is all pretty much well known history and enough reviewers and the product page recap the main story line I don't want to rehash it again. Worth's version of Elizabeth's life, told in the first person POV, just ended up for this reader to be a sodding, boring mess - I ended up skimming through the last 200 pages.

The goodies were really really
This is a historical fiction novel about Elizabeth of York, daughter of England's King Edward IV, wife of King Henry VII, and mother of King Henry VIII. Told in first person narrative, the story follows Elizabeth from her childhood to her death at the age of 37.

It is important to understand that author Sandra Worth was taking a chance here: many of the characters that appear in The King's Daughter (Elizabeth Woodville, Richard III, Henry VII, et al) have sharply divided both historians and histo
Rebecca Huston
A very flat HF that features Elizabeth of York, queen of Henry VII, and having her cast as Heroine as Martyr, being so good and giving that she sweats sugar when it gets warm, along with plenty of theories about the survival of one of the Princes in the Tower. Feh. I honestly don't think that I could stomach another Worth novel...

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Mar 26, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book could have been about 50-75 pages shorter if the author had not kept repeating herself about how the character misses Richard and he's SO MUCH BETTER than Henry and how Arthur is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Seriously. It got old after awhile.
Aug 14, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Com uma das mais belas capas portuguesas, este livro despertou a minha atenção assim que saiu por cá. Anos depois, encontrei-o a um bom preço e decidi apostar. E verifiquei que ainda bem que a capa me atraiu...é um excelente romance histórico.

Um dos meus géneros literários favorito é o romance histórico e gosto sempre de ler um bom romance histórico, bem contextualizado, bem fundamentado, com personagens ricas e complexas, com uma linguagem apropriada e sem serem lamechas. Gosto de uma boa hist
This is the story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, wife of Henry VII, and mother of Henry VIII. Her dad dies, her brother becomes King Edward V; because he’s just a kid, their uncle Richard becomes regent. At some point, someone suggests to young Elizabeth that she’s in love with Richard, and from then on, she idolizes him in a creepy, incestuous way. Soon after Edward IV dies, Richard takes Edward V and his younger brother (also named Richard) to the Tower “for their protection.” El ...more
Elizabeth_woodville Well, Well, this Book was verrrrrry wierd! I mean seriously guys? What type of girl would fall in love with her freakin' uncle??? And why Does she think that 11-year old Henry VIII is a cruel kid??? Ok So you have to split the characters into 2 sides!

Goody-goody-2-shoes: Richard III, Edward IV, Elizabeth of York, Prince Arthur of Wales, anne Neville and kinda Henry VII

Baddy-Baddy-high-heels: elizabeth Woodville <3, Margaret Beaufort, Henry Duke of York, bishop Morton...

I m
The book is about Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII.
I was really hoping it would get better towards the end but not really. Always when I thought it got better, then it went down again. I did not like how young Henry VIII and Henry VII was portrayed or Rickhard III. Henrys were just too bad and Rickhard too good.
Terminei finalmente a leitura de A Favorita do Rei sem saber realmente o que sentir em relação a esta obra. Não posso dizer que a adorei porque tal não seria verdade. Mas tão pouco posso afirmar que a detestei porque tal, seria também faltar à verdade.

Dentro de todos os romances históricos que já tive o privilégio de ler, este não foi dos que mais gostei ou dos que retirei maior prazer em ler. Em termos de escrita esta não foi das melhores nem tão pouco das piores. A ação da narrativa foi rápid

Estefânia Botelho
Antes de mais devo agradecer à Editora Planeta por me ter oferecido este livro! Muito obrigada!
Optei por ler este livro no início das minhas férias porque, como ia passar uns dias a Londres, lembrei-me de ler um livro com acção nessa cidade ou que tivesse relação com a história de Inglaterra. Uma vez que os senhores da Editora Planeta foram impecáveis comigo ao estabelecerem a parceria aqui com o blogue não hesitei e escolhi este livro!
Este livro retrata a vida de Isabel de York, filha de Eduard
Jan 03, 2009 Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth of York was the eldest daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, his reviled queen. Her unhappy relationship with her own mother was only relieved by a brief happy period as lady in waiting to Queen Anne, Richard III's wife. Richard was dazzling to Elizabeth, a kind and good man whom she grew to love.

When Richard was killed in battle by the man who would become Henry VII, Elizabeth's heart was broken. She was forced to marry Henry because she embodied the end of the great Pl
Sep 01, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, in a perfect world 3.5 stars...

Initially I found this book hard to read. I didn't like how she used nick names for the characters so early on in the book. But as I read further I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. She put a lot of information i was familiar with in a new light.

This is my first book to read that was totally about Elizabeth. She was portrayed here as a very selfless individual who gave up her happiness for the good of her coun
Angela Simmons
Jan 08, 2010 Angela Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth of York is brought to life in Sandra Worth’s novel THE KING’S DAUGHTER, A NOVEL OF THE FIRST TUDOR QUEEN.

Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV, lived the life of a true princess of England. A beloved princess to her father, she finds that upon his death she is to be used as a political pawn by her ruthless mother. After her father’s death the world she was accustomed to no longer exists. Fleeing into the safety of the sanctuary with her mother and siblings after her fathers br
Gere Lewis
This is a rather depressing fictionalized account of the life of Elizabeth of York. While it is true that there is little enough known historically to point to any great happiness of hers, it seemed that this tale wanted the reader to wallow in the most horrifically depressing features of her existence. There was also some very heavy handed foreshadowing about the personality and potential for tyranny in the young man who would grow to be Henry VIII.

This story is told in the first person throug
Sep 15, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Told in the 1st person point of view of Elizabeth, King Edward's daughter and wife to King Henry VII. Not much is known about this queen, other then that she was religious, a vegetarian and may have been in love with her uncle, Richard II. The author doesn't make her a very appealing character. She's a pawn of the people around her, her mother, her mother-in-law, Henry, and only stands up for herself once after her son Arthur is born. I found it rather dull, but others may like it for the histor ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Juanita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-royalty
Review: The King 19s Daughter by Sandra Worth. It was a good historian novel that I sometimes felt there was some non-fiction among the words. I think the author slipped in a few true facts of our historian background and ancestry of our past King 19s and Queens. I enjoyed the book but the environment and dialog was dark and gloomy throughout the novel. Yet, it still held my interest.

This novel was about a family struggling through generation to gain power over all family members and including f
Mar 11, 2010 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should have started taking notes in the first part of the book instead of the last but had a hard time putting the book down. This book about Elizabeth of York "Elizabeth the Good" (Henry VIII's mother), just makes me want to keep on reading more about the time period and what made these people tick. It is just fascinating to me. Excellent historical fiction.
May 02, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 09, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A look at the founding mother of the Tudor dynasty, Elizabeth of York, and not one that was very insightful. Again, this is a woman who did not leave a great historical written record and no one knows exactly what went on in her marriage but I just was not into this author's interpertation--Elizabeth was way too long-suffering.
Jun 12, 2014 Jillian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's my fault for reading something so pro-Ricardian. I don't know what I was expecting.
Mar 13, 2012 Judith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not impressed with the writing was very distracting from the story.
Mar 15, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The King’s Daughter: A Novel of the First Tudor Queen is a complex but approachable historical fiction novel narrated by Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and the wife of Henry VII. Without a doubt I was captivated from beginning to end by Worth’s ability to weave the intrigue and suspense, plotting, murder, love and intense hatred of the period into a suspenseful but historical based thriller.

Elizabeth, though the favorite daughter of the charismatic King Edward IV, her life is full of
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Kathy Spada
Oct 06, 2011 Kathy Spada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sandra Worth, an expert on the War of the Roses and the 15th century weaves a historical yarn about the life of Elizabeth of York, mother of the future Henry VIII. Forced to marry Henry VII after he slays her Uncle, King Richard III at Bosworth Field, Worth brings to life the memorable traits in Elizabeth. She is the "Good Queen" and is kind and merciful and must sacrifice her own personal happiness for the sake of the throne. She is beautiful and beloved by the people. The Lancasters and the Yo ...more
Steven Peterson
Dec 28, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, experienced the charm of life in a royal household early. When Edward IV was forced to flee when she was still young, she came to understand how fragile tranquility could be. Upon Edward's successful return to the throne, once more she took her position as a princess of the realm. Important dynamics in her life featured the role of her mother, stern, grasping, and ambitious. She used her position to advance her family's inter ...more
I must say I love the Tudor Period. This book held my interest and I was able to learn more abour Henry VIII's parents. Elizabeth of York was called Elizabeth the Good by her subjects. She was a little too sweet for me. She fell in love with a squire, but her ambitious mother put the kabosh on that. She also fell in love with Richard III, which is a surprise because he is written in history to be a bad guy.
Richard III takes over as king after his brother and Elizabeth's father is killed. Richard
Apr 26, 2009 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first started reading this book with the intention to read a few pages to see if I wanted this to be the next book for reading. Before I knew it, I was on page 75. The story pulled me right in. It was hard for me to lay down the book for sleep as I wanted to know more.

The King's Daughter is told from the perspective of King Edward IV's daughter - Elizabeth. She starts her narration from her tender age of 5 and moves forward. There is a handy Family chart placed in the front of the book. I mus
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Sandra Worth is the author of six historical novels chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty in England and the rise of the Tudors. She is the winner of numerous awards and prizes, including three Reviewers Choice Awards. For more info, visit
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