More on “The King’s Daughter” by Sandra Worth

Consider this is a teaser for our upcoming open thread with the author, which will probably be during the US Thanksgiving break (Nov. 27-30). Start thinking of questions!

From Sandra Worth:

My Dear Readers,

I’m back with a new book due out December 2nd– just in time for Christmas! THE KING’S DAUGHTER: A NOVEL OF THE FIRST TUDOR QUEEN is about Elizabeth of York who you may remember closed out the epilogue in the last book of The Rose of York trilogy. You may think there’s not much more to learn about her than what you already know. You may think there’s not much more to learn about her than what you already know, but new details and research have shed light on this forgotten queen. Her story is amazing — and shocking!

What intrigued me most about Elizabeth before I began my research was how much mystery clings to her– how little is really known about her How could this be? Sister to the Princes in the Tower and mother of Henry VIII, the first Tudor queen lived at the epicenter of momentous events. So why does she hover barely visible on the fringes of history?

In fact, so little was known about her that her biographer had to resort to novelistic techniques in order to fill in the gaps of her life–the first time this was ever done! So I went researching, and slowly I found the clues I needed to explain the questions that troubled me.

Some of the questions were addressed in Richard’s story, The Rose of York, but others are downright curious. For example, why has so little survived of Elizabeth when so much is known about her husband, Henry VII, her son Henry VIII, and even her mother-in-law, Margaret Beaufort? Did the Tudors keep her captive, and why should she be a threat to them? Did she believe the Pretender, Perkin Warbeck, was really her lost brother, Richard, Duke of York–and was Henry VII in love with the Pretender’s wife?

I’ve included some reviews for you below. I hope you will read THE KING’S DAUGHTER and remember that it makes a great Christmas gift for family and friends who enjoy historical fiction. Write me when you’ve read it! You know how much I love hearing from you. Meanwhile, if you’re in the Houston area, I hope you can stop by one of my two booksignings so I can sign it for you. The information is below. I hope to see you there.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and a very, very Happy New Year!

Sandra Worth

From the publisher: “In this groundbreaking novel, award-winning author Sandra Worth vibrantly brings to life the people’s Queen, “Elizabeth the Good.”

From The Romantic Times: “Worth’s authentically detailed portrait of Elizabeth of York — the daughter, niece, wife and mother of kings — whose marriage to Henry VII ended the War of the Roses, displays the author’s passion for the period and her adoration of her characters. She turns what might be an ordinary fictionalized biography into a banquet of simply luscious and delicious history.”

From Michelle Moran, author of the national bestseller, Nefertiti: A Novel: “Meticulously researched, exquisitely written, here is a rich, magnificent novel of the Tudor court evoking a once forgotten queen, now impossible to forget.”

Book signing information:

The River Oaks Book Store
Thursday, December 4th, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
3270 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77098
(713) 520-0061
Signed copies available by phone order.

Barnes and Noble
Saturday, December 13th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
5000 Westheimer Ste 100
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 629-8828


  1. Why did they choose a portrait of Eleonora di Toledo (Cosimo de Medici’s wife) for the cover? There’s at least one extant portrait of Elizabeth of York that would have done just as well for a book about her.

  2. Yeah, that’s one of the questions that I (or others) will be sure to ask Sandra. I don’t think she has much of a say in the choice, but she may know the story behind it.

  3. Source material. Anything new that was used?

  4. I was surprised the novel was about a Tudor queen after seeing the so non-Tudor clothing for the cover. The picture still drew me in, however…’cause the bodice was definitely not something 21st century 🙂

    The only other ‘hys’terical fiction read about Elizabeth of York was read years ago. It was either written by the late great Margaret Campbell Brown, or Nora Lofts. I’m looking forward to this newest book…especially in the way Elizabeth is portrayed as reacting to the pretenders.

    I’m with Bladerunner as far as wanting source material. For instance, was what was available for David Starkey available to Sandra Worth?

  5. I’ve read all of Sandra Worths books and if you haven’t read any yourself they are all good reads! I will be getting this book also. I have been waiting a year for it.

  6. Look forward to reading it but it will be a while before it is available to buy in england.I would say that the source information would be the same to were starkey got his information .As for the costume that the woman is wearing on the front cover it is a Tudor costume but a later Tudor one not a design that would have been around at the beggining of the era when Elizabeth of york was on the the throne.As for the picture of her face I can only see the lower half so I wouldn’t be able to tell who this was but I dont think this is Elizabeth plantagenet. But a picture of her does exsist.

  7. The Queen of Hearts in a deck of cards…isn’t she supposed to have been a painting of either Elizabeth of York or Catherine of Aragon?

    Found the author for that other fictional novel…Margaret Campbell Brown’s “Tudor Rose”. I have yet to see it being republished but with the fascination for all things Tudor it shouldn’t be too long. Already her Annie One and Annie Two have been re-released 🙂

  8. Tracey, I believe the representation of Elizabeth of York used for the Queen of Hearts was the statuary on her tomb at Westminster Abbey.

  9. Thanks, Kathy 🙂

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