''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Royals Young Royals]]'' is a series of novels for children by Carolyn Meyer, based on the lives of historical royalty. It began with UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfTudor but has been expanded to other countries and time periods. As of 2013, there are nine books in the series:
* ''Mary, Bloody Mary'' (1999), about Mary I of England
* ''Beware, Princess Elizabeth'' (2001), about Mary's half-sister Elizabeth I
* ''Doomed Queen Anne'' (2002), about Elizabeth's mother Anne Boleyn
* ''Patience, Princess Catherine'' (2004), about Mary's mother Catherine of Aragon
* ''Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de Medici'' (2007)
* ''The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette'' (2010)
* ''Cleopatra Confesses'' (2011), about the last Ptolemaic pharaoh
* ''The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots'' (2012)
* ''Victoria Rebels'' (2013), about UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria

Each book features inside looks at what the lives of each girl would have been like, including daily routine, protocol, out-of-the-ordinary experiences, and first-hand views of the lives of the people surrounding each of them. The portrayal of each royal is biased according to the position of the observing royal and it provides an interesting window into the life of royalty.
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!!Tropes present in these books include:

* ArrangedMarriage: As was the case in her RealLife, Mary in ''Mary, Bloody Mary'' has a number of marriages arranged for her throughout her childhood.
** BrotherSisterIncest: One of the possibilities batted about for poor Mary is to marry her to Henry Fitzroy, the Duke of Richmond - who is her father's son by one of his mistresses. To her deep relief, this one never gets beyond the rumor stage.
* BreakTheCutie: Ye gods, Mary is put through this in spades after Anne Boleyn seduces her father, who divorces her ''Catholic'' mother. Mary is then put in CinderellaCircumstances in having to serve as a nursemaid to her baby sister and then unclean confinement, not even allowed to see her mother when the latter is dying.
* BreakTheHaughty: Before Anne Boleyn, Mary was quite certain of her position in life and love for her father. By the end of it he gives her a pittance of an allowance when she signs the confessions of being a bastard child that won't even cover her wardrobe and plans to put her in an ArrangedMarriage.
* BrokenPedestal: Mary no longer sees her father as a strong man after he executes Anne and marries Lady Jane Seymour. It doesn't help that he doesn't acknowledge that what he allowed to happen to her was essentially physical and emotional abuse once she gives into his demands.
* CainAndAbel: Mary is warned that her baby sister Elizabeth will become her rival. Mary can't believe this as a child, but it became true in real life.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Every one of the girls who become queen eventually suffer this. Mary is warned at the end of her novel to look out for Elizabeth as her rival for this reason, and she has to later violently oppress Jane Grey's rebellion.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: TruthInTelevision for the earlier Tudor novels, right up until Henry VIII wants his divorce and creates the Church of England.
* CoattailRidingRelative: Seen in ''The Wild Queen''. When Mary marries the Dauphin of France, her French uncles (her mother's brothers) think they can use her marriage to gain political influence.
* ConsummationCounterfeit: In ''Patience, Princess Catherine,'' newlyweds Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor use goats' blood as proof of consummation so they don't have the pressure of having to consummate the night of their wedding for the bedding ceremony. They never actually have sex together, but the "proof" (along with some cuddle sessions in the same chambers) causes problems when Arthur dies and Catherine wants to marry his brother Henry, as a church doctrine prohibits the marriage of a widow to the brother of her deceased husband if the marriage was legal and had been consummated.
* DespairEventHorizon: Mary nearly crosses it after her mother dies, she isn't allowed the see the latter or attend the funeral and is pressured to sign confessions renouncing her birthright. Just as she's contemplating DyingAlone in confinement since it's what her mother would have wanted, she thinks God speaks to her and tells her that she will be queen.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While Mary earned her nickname due to executing many "heretics," the afterword to her novel points out that she never did beheading because her nanny on charges of treason got executed with an axe-man who had no skill and thus hacked her to death.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Antonia's beautiful gown of cloth of silver shimmers in the candlelight and makes her feel very elegant, from head to toe a princess.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen:
** Everybody hates Anne Boleyn in ''Doomed Queen Anne'', claiming that she has magic powers and that she is wicked because of her sixth finger and the mole on her neck.
** Mary received this reputation in life, though her novel points out that she was no more gruesome than other monarchs; the difference was that Elizabeth Tudor took the throne afterward, and wasn't kind to her sister's reputation.
* GuileHero: Mary through delay tactics manages to avoid the {{Arranged Marriage}}s that await her.
* HeroicBastard: What Mary has to admit that she is in the confessions while in confinement, though it's not true.
* HeroicBSOD: Mary after her mother dies and she receives the latter's last letter.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Mary earned her nickname "bloody Mary" from her crusade to restore Catholicism to England, thus burning many supporters of the Church of England. The afterward points out that it wasn't so different from what other monarchs did.
* HollywoodHistory: In ''Mary, Bloody Mary'', the titular princess is named Princess of Wales at the age of nine. This never happened in RealLife; although Mary was invested with the arms and seal of the Prince of Wales, allowed to live in the official seat at Ludlow, and regarded by her contemporaries as effectively ''being'' Princess of Wales, she was never given that title.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Mary has to sign the confessions when she realizes that her father will very much let her die alone if she doesn't, and at least if she's alive she can still be queen.
* MissionFromGod: Mary believes, at the end of ''Mary, Bloody Mary'', that she has been given one. She is described as having a vision in which she hears a voice from heaven urging her to live and become Queen of England, so that she can return her country to the Catholic faith.
* ModestRoyalty: Austrian ladies never wore anything like the French gowns, with the enormous skirts draped over gigantic panniers (hoops) tied on either side of the hip.
* NoNameGiven: In ''Mary, Bloody Mary'', the titular princess eavesdrops on a conversation between three ladies of the court; we never learn their names and Mary refers to them by what they're wearing - Yellow Satin, Green Silk and Midnight Blue.
* PimpedOutDress: In ''The Bad Queen,'' when Antonia receives the French gowns. she sees that they are laden with lace, ribbons, flowers, feathers, beads, and fringe, and they sparkle with jewels.
* PrincessInRags: Catherine of Aragon in ''Patience, Princess Catherine'' chooses to live in poverty rather than going home to Spain, in hopes of marrying her late husband's brother, who will soon be crowned King of England.
** In ''Mary, Bloody Mary'' both mother and daughter choose solitary poverty, instead of conceding to Henry VIII's demands. Devout Catholics, they refuse to accept him as head of the Church of England - nor will they accept the notion that Henry's marriage to Catherine was illegitimate, and that they have been reduced in title to "Dowager Princess of Wales" and "The Lady Mary, the King's daughter." Historians have noted that Catherine ''might'' have accepted her own loss of status, except that doing so would have cast aspersions on Mary's position as her father's heir.
* SiblingRivalry: Part and parcel of the Tudor stories. Mary, in particular, finds her claims to the throne pitted against those of first her bastard half-brother Henry, Earl of Richmond, and later her half-sister Princess Elizabeth.
* WickedStepmother: ''Mary, Bloody Mary'' paints Anne Boleyn in this light. Anne is repeatedly cruel to Mary, taking away her servants and forcing her to act as a servant herself. Worst of all (in Mary's opinion), she creates a huge wedge between Mary and the father she idolizes. How much of this is TruthInTelevision will never really be known, but the real Mary definitely ''hated'' the real Anne, seeing her as the reason for her parents' marital problems. The real Anne was not overly fond of the real Mary, either; she once famously remarked that "I am her death, and she is mine."
** By stark contrast, the end of the story sees Henry VIII married to Jane Seymour, who was a kindly stepmother to both Mary and Elizabeth, and persuaded Henry to allow his daughters to return to court. Mary in particular was very fond of her and even served as chief mourner when Jane died after the birth of Edward VII.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Marie Antoinette in ''The Bad Queen'' wants the people to see her in a splendid new gown. After the people ignore and insult her, she puts on a brave face because she doesn't want to let them see how much they have hurt her.
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