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Queen Elizabeth's Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I (Paperback)

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From Anne Barnhill, the author of At the Mercy of the Queen, comes the gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I's young cousin and ward, set against the glittering backdrop of the Elizabethan court

Mistress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth's favorite ward, enjoying every privilege the position affords. The British queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like any good mother, she wants her to make a powerful match. The most likely prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. But while Oxford seems to be everything the queen admires: clever, polished and wealthy, Mary knows him to be lecherous, cruel, and full of treachery. No matter how hard the queen tries to push her into his arms, Mary refuses.

Instead, Mary falls in love with a man who is completely unsuitable. Sir John Skydemore is a minor knight with little money, a widower with five children. Worst of all, he's a Catholic at a time when Catholic plots against Elizabeth are rampant in England. The queen forbids Mary to wed the man she loves. When the young woman, who is the queen's own flesh and blood, defies her, the couple finds their very lives in danger as Elizabeth's wrath knows no bounds.

About the Author

Anne Clinard Barnhill has published short stories, poetry, a memoir and hundreds of articles and book reviews over the last twenty years. At the Mercy of the Queen was her first novel, followed by Queen Elizabeth's Daughter. Barnhill has taught writing in a variety of venues and been keynote speaker for numerous events. She lives in North Carolina.

Praise For…

"Mary’s course to whatever kind of great lady she’ll become isn’t easy for her to live, but thanks to Barnill, it’s remarkably easy to read. Another Tudor court girl gets her best imaginable balladeer." - Open Letters Monthly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780312662127
ISBN-10: 0312662122
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Pages: 384
Language: English