Book review: Maid of the King’s Court, by Lucy Worsley

Worsley, Lucy. Maid of the King’s Court. Candlewick, 2017. $16.99. 348p. ISBN 978-0-7636-8806-6. Ages 13+. P7Q8

Hampton Court curator and television historian has made her debut in this novel for teens about Henry VIII’s court when Katherine Howard rose to her position as Wife #5 only to fall to the executioner, like the king’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, also accused of adultery. The story comes from the eyes of fictional maid-in-waiting Elizabeth Camperdowne from her childhood when she is raised to find a wealthy husband to save her family’s estate. As in any romance, she loves a man without power or money but fights her attraction for him because of her feelings of responsibility.

Verdict: Worlsey’s knowledge gives the book a feeling of authenticity, and the actions of head-strong Elizabeth give it the excitement. Excellent background and characterization make this a good addition to past English historical romances for young adults.

April 2017 review by Nel Ward.


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