by Pauline Francis
I read this for #Popsugar prompt 38 – a novel based on a true story
 
This book was the ideal mix of historical drama and very real characters, some of whom feel thoroughly modern.
We see a snippet of history through the eyes of the young future Elizabeth I as she may well have experienced it.
The basic facts of the story are accurate and Francis has added personality and details which are not proven but seem quite likely. As such the book is a perfect mix of fact and fiction. The made up bits work to highlight and contextualise what actually happened without bogging the reader down with streams of facts. As this book is described as YA, this is ideal.
 
This kind of well written personalised history will ignite an interest in enough people to go and investigate what happened on a larger scale. And even if it doesn’t, it is a worth while standalone story.
 
I am certainly going to go and read more about Elizabeth after this – I have always known, to some extent (and possibly because of Black Adder) that was she a formidable woman, but now my feminist interest has been piqued. So job done Francis 🙂
 
I will certainly be back to the shelf in my library where these books lurk to pick another. I think the Lady Grey one is calling me next.
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