Summary of Elizabeth I by Kathryn Lasky.

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Through the diary entries of eleven-year-old Elizabeth I, readers are taken inside the palaces of King Henry VIII. Here is a life of intrigue. Everyone seems to be seeking for power. Constant fear of offending the King and being executed are joined with worry of being poisoned by an enemy within the court.

An intelligent and hard-working Elizabeth describes her schooling, the royal tutors, and her relationships with her father, King Henry VIII, her stepmother, siblings and friends. Hers is a tale of longing to be loved by her father; basking in the glow of his love that is seldom given; and being distressed when she is periodically banned from his palace.

In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth celebrates holidays and birthdays, broods over her mother's execution, revels in her studies, and agonizes over her father's health. The book of the diary, subtitled Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544, is presented as the secret childhood diary of Princess Elizabeth, who later came to rule England as Queen Elizabeth I.

Elizabeth, born in 1533 to Anne Boleyn, one of the most famous queens in English history, became King Henry's second wife, but failed to bear him a son. Queen Boleyn was later executed by guillotine on false charges of witchcraft, incest, and adultery on May 19, 1536.

Elizabeth, the future Queen of England, led a life surrounded by mayhem. Surrounded by a loving father and a new queen stepmother, Jane Seymour, who finally bore the king a son, named Edward, Elizabeth was often exiled because of her antics. Elizabeth spent her life traveling from one castle to another, year in and year out. Along the way, she develops wonderful relationships with her stepbrother, Prince Edward, and her governess, Kat. The mysteries surrounding...