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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker of a novel from Christie Dickason, 18 July 2010
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I have read and loved every one of Christa Dickason's novels to date (and wonder why she is not better known) and 'The King's Daughter' is no exception. The mark, to me, of a good historical novel is that it both effortlessly draws you into another time with its different sensibilities and also whets your appetite to find out more about the period. I always knew that Elizabeth, the daughter of James I was, unknowingly, I have always believed, caught up in The Gunpowder Plot and I knew that she married the Elector Palatine thus becoming the direct ancestor of the Hanoverians, Queen Victoria and our own Elizabeth II but I had never thought what kind of a person she might have been.

In Princess Elizabeth, Christa Dickason creates a delightful character, intelligent, but naive, powerful and yet weak and someone damaged by lack of affection. The author even manages to shed a sympathetic and intelligent light on the character of James I, who described himself as 'the wisest fool in Christendom'.

I am surprised by the review here that says the characters are one-dimensional. I felt totally the opposite. And as for the 'race' question. I don't think it's right to say that Elizabeth's feelings towards Tallie are twenty-first century at all or that everyone else was 'racist'. Mostly the attitude of others was born of ignorance and lack of intelligence. Which is still the case today. And it was great to see Francis Quoynt make a cameo appearance at the end to create a spectacular firework display.

I can't wait to read Christa's next novel.
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