Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy #1)
"Vivid and psychologically brilliant. This spirited novel enriches the imagination."
-Times Literary Supplement, UK
Young Elizabeth Tudor lives in the shadow of her infamous mother, Anne Boleyn. Declared a bastard and banished from her father's court, young princess Elizabeth has become adept at dodging the constant political games and royal whims that ensure her situation...more
The book was easy to read and is very detailed as to its period and time. My only issue is that at time i...more
Exquisitely written, well researched, with intense and vivid imagery, Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be Queen is an absolutely amazing beginning of what promises to be a spectacular trilogy chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth. Margaret Irwin has such a brilliant command of this time period, the reader is immediately transported back in time to the end of King Henry VIII's rule as a young Bess has moved in with the newly widowed Catherine Parr and her new husband Thomas Seymour...more
I especially enjoyed the working in of the popular rumours that have surrounded the time without presenting them as facts but still allowed the reader access to some theories of that period of time.
I found myself quie...more
Young Elizabeth Tudor lives in the shadow of her infamous mother, Anne Boleyn. Declared a bastard and banished from her father's court, young princess Elizabeth has become adept at dodging the constant political games and royal whims that ensure her situation is never secure.
After Henry VIII's death, Elizabeth is taken in by the king's last wife, Katherine Parr, and Katherine's new husband, Tom Seymour. But handsome Tom is playing for higher stakes. Marrying a widowed...more
Felt that the last quarter of the text spent too much time away from Elizabeth but do understan...more
Historical fiction, following Elizabeth I from age 12 (?) to age 17. There are two more books in the series which...more
I often felt while I was reading this book that it should have been called “The Seymour Brothers.” The novel often was centered on the scheming of Tom Seymour, the handsome adm...more
Plot: This novel follows the life of the daughter of Anne Boelyn - Elizabeth. The plot felt slow moving most of the time - the history buildup at the beginning felt a little overdone and more like a history book. The whole book read a little more like a history book told through a story but livened up after 50 pages in.
Characters: You definitely get into the head of Bess and how like Ann...more
Irwin also wrote passionately about the English Civil War, causing gen...more