TV presenter and Tudor specialist Lucy Worsley has written her first children’s novel set during the reign of Henry VIII.
The book, currently titled The Other Elizabeth, is centered around a young handmaiden at court but explores the story of Katherine Howard, Henry’s fifth wife. It will be published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in April 2016.
“I wrote my story out of a sense of burning injustice at the unfairness of the horrible execution of Katherine Howard,” said Worsley. “I'd like to think that some budding future curator of Hampton Court Palace might read my book, just as I was inspired in my own day by Jean Plaidy's novels for young people.”
Zoe Griffiths, senior commissioning editor at Bloomsbury Children’s, acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates.
Griffiths said: “Lucy has written the most appealing and enjoyable historical fiction; I literally devoured it in one sitting it was so incredibly engaging. She is the perfect person to bring history alive for young readers.”
Worsley has also published several non-fiction books, including If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home and Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court (Faber & Faber). She is chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that runs sites such as Hampton Court Palace, and presents history documentaries for the BBC.