“Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544” by Kathryn Lasky

Quick Statistics

  • “Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544″ by Kathryn Lasky
  • Historical Fiction
  • Read as an audiobook
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished October 11, 2019

Official Synopsis

Welcome to the bizarre court of Henry VIII, where even a princess fears losing her head like her mother. Elizabeth hides her tenacious personality from everyone, especially her father. Your 21st-century kid will enjoy Elizabeth’s “treasonous thoughts” and glimpse the daily life of a young woman who ascended the throne at 25 and went on to rule her country for 45 years.

My Thoughts/Summary

When I was growing up I absolutely loved these Royal Diaries books. Now that I’m getting my own middle school classroom I’ve been trying to read as many middle grade books as I can get my hands on to decide what I actually want to have in my classroom. This book was still really amazing, and held up over time. We follow Elizabeth I, her mother, Anne Boleyn is dead, but her father is alive and she’s no longer exiled from court. The historical fiction is some of my favorite kind, told through diary entries but in a way you still feel like you know the characters and are involved in the story.

I’ve always loved royalty, and reading historical fiction books like these as a young kid really made me interested in times that weren’t just the 1940’s (which for some reason was always where I was most fascinated.) I feel like this is a great book for middle grade readers, and truthfully, not very triggering. I liked that at the end of the journal there’s always a historical note that tells us about Good Queen Bess’s rule of England and how because of her we have the Elizabethan era. I listened to the audio, and it was great as well!

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4 thoughts on ““Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544” by Kathryn Lasky

  1. My sister was really into books by Kathryn Lasky for a while but she never read this particular series. My mom has always been fascinated with this time period when she was a kid, and I kind of wish this book was around when my mom was little so she could have enjoyed it when she was part of the target age group! 🙂


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