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The King's Daughter

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  578 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Superb historical novel of the Jacobean court, in which Princess Elizabeth strives to avoid becoming her father's pawn in the royal marriage market The court of James I is a volatile place, with factions led by warring cousins Robert Cecil and Francis Bacon. Europe is seething with conflict between Protestants and Catholics. James sees himself as a grand peacemaker -- and ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 2009 by HarperCollins
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Apr 18, 2011 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I got through about a fourth of this one. I should have been warned off in the first chapter, where Elizabeth, a young child at the time, switches almost without warning from prattling about fairies to very calmly and methodically plotting her escape from a would-be kidnapper. The characters spent most of their time whining about being royal, and Elizabeth's father and mother are little more than caricatures. It's a pity this novel didn't measure up, because Elizabeth of Bohemia is a great subje ...more
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* Wonderfully written
* Intriguing characters
* Emotions deftly written, you really feel as you can understand and feel her pain and loneliness
* Fictional character of Tallie is fascinating
* Historical facts/names/places done very well and done in such a way that it is easy to understand the who's, what's and where's. Let me tell you that is not an easy thing to do during this period of history
* Very well researched

The Not so Good Stuff

* Quite dry and repetitive at times
* The
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This novel is a quick read and the plot speeds right along. The beginning of the novel feels somewhat frivolous, but by the time you reach the middle of the book it gains some weight. I think this is on purpose to show how Elizabeth grows up from an innocent child to a woman. There was also a cute love story between Elizabeth and Frederick that you were rooting for by the end of the book.

This was an interesting story and one whose characters I have not encountered elsewhere. We get up close and
The most positive thing I can say about this book is I finished it. The author didn't provide a lot of explanation in the author's note to know exactly what was "fiction" and fact. She did expand on the characters a bit but not enough to satisfy my curiousity. Overall, if she ever writes about a character that I would be interested in again, I'll probably use the library to read it.
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I was fortunate enough to receive this book as part of the Early Reviewers Program, and I must say that I learned quite a bit from this historical novel. I pride myself in knowing quite a bit about the Tudor dynasty, but I did not know so much about the Stuarts. The story is primarily about Princess Elizabeth Stuart, the eldest daughter of King James I of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The timeline of the novel covers her life from the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 to her marriage to Fredrick, the Ger ...more
The Cats Mother
This historical fiction novel is about Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James VI of Scotland who became James I of England, after the death of Elizabeth I. Very much like a Philippa Gregory book in title, cover and subject matter, it is fortunately much better written, much less annoyingly repetitive, and with a more appealing heroine than most of PG's books. Unfortunately, the plot is very dull: Elizabeth waits to get married at the whim of her boorish, selfish paranoid father, the King. She has a ...more
Shaz Edwards
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slow starter but actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Interesting historical account of King James VI'S daughter Elizabeth brought to life with a beautiful story of a future queen trying to find herself.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great potential and interesting storyline. Too many sexual references even when Elizabeth was 7 or 8. Didn't feel that I was reading history, more like authors projections on it.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The daughter of James I, Elizabeth, who became Elizabeth of Bohemia and the mother of Prince Rupert, has been given a first-person voice in Christie Dickerson’s novel, The King’s Daughter. Elizabeth is also the granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots, daughter of James VI of Scotland and I of England, who signed his mother’s death warrant, a bisexual, profligate monarch who wears a padded shirt due to his pathological fear of assassins. A paranoia which extends to his children, whom he separates fr ...more
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May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The King's Daughter by Christie Dickason is a biographical novel about Elizabeth of Scotland who later became Queen of Bohemia. She was the eldest daughter of James VI and I, King of Scotland, England, and Ireland, and Anne of Denmark.

Christie Dickason has written a fascinating first person narrative told through the eyes of a lesser known princess of the 17th century - a pleasant reprieve from the over abundance of Tudor novels currently in the market place.

Princess Elizabeth was born at Falk
Andrea Guy
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. I was gung ho for a book about a royal that wasn't a Tudor. Elizabeth's story seems to be dragged out. There were times when I had to look up information about her so I had an idea of how old she was.

The first part is the slowest dealing with Elizabeth's unknowing part in the Gunpowder Plot to assissinate her father. Christie doesn't spare her readers from the gruesome outcome. Elizabeth witnsses the execution of Fawkes and his conspiri
Lydia Presley
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
As much as I love to read historical fiction and gravitate toward the stories of the British Royalty, every time I finish one of these books I have one single thought: I am so glad this wasn't me.

Intrigue, betrayal, murder, lust and more are held within the pages of The King's Daughter by Christie Dickason. While some historical fiction books can get bogged down with names and make it difficult to follow (due to the constant use of the same names), the only thing confusing about this book was th
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a difficult one to rate. Overall, I did like this book for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I found the subject matter refreshing. The early Stuarts are not a common subject for historical fiction, with the majority of retellings focusing on Charles onwards. Thus, the very act of choosing Elizabeth for this story made it a worthwhile read. Also interesting was the perspective of the slave turned freedwoman Thalia Bristo. The conversations between the two young women seemed highly ...more
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
The King's Daughter is the story of Princess Elizabeth. Growing up, Elizabeth knew she may not be the prettiest but that that did not matter as she was known as the King's daughter. She could guarantee that she would be married to whomever her father wished upon her. Every time that Elizabeth was seen to prospects she always felt like she was at a cattle drive. Elizabeth knew she had to please her father but Elizabeth is smart and has ideas of her own. When Elizabeth meets the German Prince, Fre ...more
The King’s Daughter is a story about the “First Daughter of England” Elizabeth Stuart. The only surviving daughter of James I of England and VI of Scotland, Elizabeth was third in line to the throne and seen by her father as a potential threat. At the age of 9 she foiled a kidnap attempt by the ‘Gunpowder Plotters’ who intended to murder her father and elder brother and put her on the throne in their place. Unfortunately, that did nothing for her relationship with her father who suspected her of ...more
Kelley  C
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
I thought I'd try something new by branching out into a novel about the English monarchy that doesn't involve the Tudors. This one's about James I of Scotland's daughter, Elizabeth. And...yep, not too much interesting stuff happened to her, apparently, cause this book was booooooring. She never really...did anything. It was mostly just her whining that her father was going to make her marry someone horrible.

The other characters in the book were actually more fun to read about than Elizabeth. Her
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Another great historical fiction read for me. I do not know much about James I but he sounds almost as horrible as Henry VIII! I felt so sorry for his daughter, Elizabeth who this story centers around. How can two parents be so detached and cruel to their children? I know part of it is the time as royal children tended to be raised by others but at least on visits, they would be kind of happy to see each other. Not Elizabeths's parents - a father who fears her power to ascend him to the throne a ...more
Suzanne Lilly
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of British royal historical fiction
Recommended to Suzanne by: bookstore
I've been hitting the jackpot on books lately. This is another book I picked up on a whim and fell in love with the author's writing style. Thankfully, Christie Dickason, author of The King's Daughter, has more books for us to read.

The most surprising part of this novel for me was how involved I became in the story of the slave Tallie. Elizabeth initially rejects Tallie, especially since the slave is a gift from the queen, whom Elizabeth feels has rejected her own daughter. The story is wave upo
First thing to note - if this was a movie, it would be rated R for violence and sexual content.

That aside, what an interesting to read. Like many of my other books, this one was picked up on a whim. I don't usually read secular historical fiction so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was a bit put off by the sexual content but tried to gloss over it in order to finish reading the story.

If most of this book is true, King James I was a scary king. Ruled by his passions, rather than his intellect, he
Jan 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: e-book
Description: The daughter of James I, the Princess Elizabeth would not be merely her father's pawn in the royal marriage market.
The court of James I is a dangerous place, with factions led by warring cousins Robert Cecil and Francis Bacon. While Europe seethes with conflict between Protestants and Catholics, James sees himself as a grand peacemakerΓÇöand wants to make his mark by trading his children for political treaties.
Henry, Prince of Wales, and his sister, Elizabeth, find themselves far mo
Jenna King
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm torn between how many stars to give this book. In reading, as in any other entertainment, I like it to be clean. This is why I tend to gravitate toward juvenile fiction (young adult/teen) because generally, there is no outright sex. That is my disappointment with this book. The story is really good and I enjoyed the read, mostly. I skimmed the chapters that were mainly about sex, though (chapters 39-44) and even though it was alluded to throughout the book (she is a princess whose primary pu ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I picked up this title because I don't see too many fictionalizations of the early Stuarts, particularly James I and his heirs. While the subject and certain parts of this book interested, I found the pace plodding at times and Elizabeth's characterization off-putting. Yes, it sucks to be a female born to a king where your best lot in life is a decent marriage, but I got this sense of whining that stayed throughout the narration. Also, there seemed to be a bit of "Flowers in the Attic" subtext, ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is one of those books that I kept reading, believing "It has to get better, it has to get better." Sadly, not one of those books. The King's Daughter focuses on Elizabeth, daughter of King James I. The problem is Elizabeth is a dull main character! The plot focuses on her father "selling" her for marriage, and Elizabeth trying to get the upper hand to find out who she may marry with the help of her servant turned spy, Tallie. Her character doesn't seem to change at all over the course of th ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written historical story with pieces of history and fiction cleverly woven about a character in our history that is less well known.

It was a very good read that sparked an interest in this intereging woman. it draws upon some stereotypes of Princess Elizabeths father James I, and we can see the character of the ill fated Charles I being shaped as a spoilt child.

The only critism I have of it is that it was slightly too long about 2/3s in I felt it kind of repeated itself; I found
Good book. Starts off fast and doesn't slow down for awhile. The author finally gives you a chance to catch your breath around chapter 13. I wasn't expecting the friendship between the princess and an African slave woman. The development of the friendship and the strength that the two women lend one another was the high point of the book. This isn't a "chick" book though. The guys out there will find intrigue, executions, and assasinations galor. It was exciting watching the young princess turn ...more
Sep 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the story up to 3/4 through. Then came the sex scene, so I put the book down. Other sexual innuendos throughout the book. Open talk about the king's homosexual relationships. One scene describes people being hanged, not too graphic.

I'm not sure I agreed with the author's portrayal of King James and his family. The author took a totally different view of King James than I have hitherto studied. I would have to do more research on King James and his children to make a better judgement c
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marriage as a political strategem is much the highlight of this novel. James I is determined to be a Peacemaker and this means marrying his children to the religious factions of both Protestant and Catholic faiths.

Christie Dickason gives us a clear, cold view of how little ties of blood mean when a crown is at stake. To think that children fear the axe of treason from their own father is a frightening concept.

Elizabeth is a likeable character and interesting to read of the woman who is the creat
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
From my book review blog Rundpinne...."Dickason has certainly researched this time period and brings the reader into the life of young Elizabeth from the years 1605 through 1613, while not a lot of her life is covered in The King’s Daughter, it is a richly detailed book filled with rich and vivid characters as well as an intimate look at life as a princess."...The full review may be read here.
This was an interesting read from one of the lesser-known characters of the Tudor-Stuart era, the Princess Elizabeth, and her brother Henry, who was to be king but died too young leaving his brother Charles to eventually take the throne. I like Dickason's writing style and I like that she didn't give in to the temptation to include the brother-sister sex that seems to always exist around that time period (Anne Boleyn....?) I also liked that she pulled in one of the characters from The Firemaster ...more
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