Third in the series is Beware, Princess Elizabeth which takes us to a time several years after the previous two books. Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry the 8th is now a young teen, and despite the fact that she is the child of the most hated of her fathers wives, she is still very much aware that she could someday rule the country.
The story begins with the death of King Henry and takes the reader through the strange and short reign of Henry's only male heir, Edward. The scheming of his advisers is explained, and we are introduced to Elizabeth's friend Jane Grey - who will also very, VERY briefly take the throne of England when Edward creates his own succession orders.
As we know though, poor little Jane only rules for nine days, and the bulk of the story focuses on the real danger Elizabeth faced during the frightening and bloody reign of her sister Mary. Elizabeth is taken prisoner on several occasions, and even has to pretend to be Catholic for a time, fearing her sister will have her burned at the stake as a heretic, as she has been doing to other Protestants.
The author does a very solid job of explaining the very strange and troubled relationship between the two sisters, and the dangerous and treacherous road Elizabeth walked before her magnificent 45-year reign.
Final Rating: 4/5 bookmarks.