A sequel to Young Bess, this tells of the brief span between the death of Elizabeth's younger brother, Edward the king, and her half sister Mary's marriage to Philip, and the mortal danger to Elizabeth before she is received at court. Tense months with the succession in doubt, courtiers trading loyalties, and Elizabeth, a captive, acclaimed by the people of England, winning Mary's hate and suspicion. But mostly it is the story of Elizabeth the girl, wise, witty, cruel and passionate but renouncing any possible emotional fulfillment for herself, laying the foundations for her role as virgin queen. The author has a sound claim to documented and scholarly historical fiction-biography and portrays Elizabeth with glamorous and romantic qualities. The Literary Guild selection for January, this will make past history come alive for young readers.