Just a Girl by Jane Caro

As we know, there have been many novels and films based on the lives of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. Jane Caro's book "Just a Girl" tears away the cold, often unemotional, descriptions often found in history books to give a sympathetic and tender picture of Elizabeth I. The book, written from the point of view of Elizabeth herself, reads like a thriller without deviating from actual historical events and happenings. At the same time, many of the other characters in the book, although well known to the reader from history books, take on new angles and characteristics as they are filtered through the eyes of Elizabeth. The fact that the book is in the 'I' form allows the reader to come very close to one of history's most important personalities.

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