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Synopsis: As a little girl, Elizabeth Tudor knows she is a princess but one day is suddenly told she is now ‘the Lady Elizabeth’. She witnesses from the sidelines the glittering splendour of her father’s court, and the terrifying consequences of his wrath.
With few she can trust, Elizabeth comes to womanhood during the reigns of her brother and sister, shrouded by a web of deceit. She lives in constant danger, yet rises above her detractors to defy her mother’s legacy, and go down in history as one of England’s most ruthless and powerful monarchs.
Her life became a testament to the ambitions demonstrated of her parents. Just how much of an influence did Henry VIII’s most notorious wife have on her child? And was Elizabeth’s accession Anne Boleyn’s final triumph over death?

My review: There are many, many books on Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I and I’ve read many of them so the question for me going into this was would it offer me anything different? And the answer is not really.

The title is a bit misleading as there’s no real mention of the accusations of witchery beyond a few throwaway lines. Indeed apart from the odd potential ghostly sighting where Elizabeth feels her mothers presence she’s not really a big aprt of this book at all. Not enough to warrant the title.

What you do get is the beginnings of an interesting story of  the relationship between Elizabeth and her lady in waiting Kat which with a bit more to it would have been more original than a story that has been repeated many times. But at only 250 pages there’s not enough space to cover any part of the life of a woman that played such  huge part in our history.

As an overview of the first 2 decades of this woman’s life it’s not a bad little book and would probably make a good beach read as it doesn’t tax the brain and is small enough for the suitcase but it doesn’t offer anything new or delve deep enough to warrant more than that

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