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The Irish Princess

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  828 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Born into a first family of Ireland, with royal ties on both sides, Elizabeth Fitzgerald -- known as Gera -- finds her loving, carefree world overturned when tyrant Henry VIII imprisons her father, the Earl of Kildare, and brutally destroys her family.

Torn from the home she loves, and with her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in Englan
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by NAL
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Rio (Lynne)
Feb 07, 2011 Rio (Lynne) rated it liked it
I thought I was Tudored out, but this book tells the story of people that I was not familiar with. Elizabeth Fitzgerald's family was beheaded for treason because of an uprising in Ireland and we all know Henry 8th didn't allow anyone the opportunity to overthrow him. Elizabeth came to England after her family was overthrown and was forced to live among those that killed her family all the while hoping for revenge one day and to hopefully see her family brought back to power in Ireland. Karen Har ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and I'm glad that I read it. It is a historical Tudor era novel, but is about more peripheral characters than you usually get. (For example Queen Elizabeth is a minor character instead of one of the main ones). Actually a lot of the things that happen in the book really did happen. I ended up really liking the main character, Gera. I thought that the book started out slowly which is why I gave it 4 stars. The rest of the book is a 5. I liked that Gera evolved and didn't ...more
Elis Madison
This gem by Karen Harper details the life of Elizabeth Fitzgerald (a/k/a The Fair Geraldine)

Yeah, I don't get it either.

Let's just say Gera (as she was called) had plenty of reason to despise the Tudors. In fact her story kinda makes you want to dig the lot of them up and raise them to life just so you can kick their butts.

Maybe it's just that I have a fascination with the Fitzgeralds, going back to the early antecedents, Nest ferch Rhys and her husband Gerald of Windsor, but this gave life to
Mar 13, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
I was actually disappointed in this one. After reading Karen Harper's The Queen's Governess, I found myself a fan of her approach to history and how she brought the past to life. Though I wouldn't say Harper is my favorite historical author out there, I enjoyed reading here and wanted to read more. So, of course, I put The Irish Princess on hold as soon as it popped up at the library. But when I got it, however, I soon found that it just wasn't that good. Perhaps I had over hyped it in my mind o ...more
Aug 14, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it
Henry VIII & all his wives and children, the political turmoil & intrigues of courtly life, England-Ireland-Scotland, never knowing who you can trust, vengance & betrayal & loyalty, marriages of protection & convenience, marriages of love, corruption for power, corruption with power, the Tower of London ... it all describes the Tudor era of England and this book perfectly.

I am always intrigued by stories of England during the Tudor reign especially Henry VIII and his wives. T
Meg Ulmes
Mar 23, 2011 Meg Ulmes rated it it was ok
This books is an easy read. I love historical fiction--especially about Great Britain. This novel is written almost at a young adult level--nothing wrong with that--but it has been merchandised as an adult novel. Too much of the novel is telling instead of showing--not much depth--a lot of shallow narration. The story is an excellent one that could have and would have made a more serious adult read. The characters are appealing--but some are well drawn and others are quite flat. Some of the plot ...more
Jul 24, 2016 Cornerofmadness rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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Mar 11, 2014 Theemmaolsen rated it liked it
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, the beautiful Irish rebel. Tudor England: where marriages, affairs, scandal, war, and torture abound. The story of the Geraldines, who were said to be Irish royalty but were then brutally torn apart by King Henry the VIII. How could this book be not interesting? Well, let me tell you it was interesting. It was entertaining, and scandalous, and kind of everything you want in a book. At least for me, anyway. My only issue with it were that the voice of Gera didn't change from ...more
I didn't hate this book, I simply felt as though I had already read it. I hoped to see the heroine do many brave and exciting things to earn her Irish revenge. I was sorely disappointed. She brooded about hating the king until he died. Then she hung around with Mary and Elizabeth to act as a first hand eyewitness to all of the key events in Tudor history about which I have already read many times. I found it annoying that she was so conveniently inserted into each dramatic event (SHE warned Mary ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Makita rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVED this book!!! What a heroine! I wish they made a really long movie about this story.
May 18, 2015 Alicia rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this historical fiction. I love Tudor England because of all of the drama and intrigue and scheming. It certainly makes for a good story. I liked that this novel was based on a character I haven't read a book about yet, and I've read A LOT of Tudor based books. So that was new and different.

Its definitely not the best historical fiction novel I've read, but I was interested and I wanted to know more. The main character was easy to like and you felt connected to her mostly due
I, Gera Fitzgerald, was going to kill the king.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald, known as Gera to her family, was born into an Irish ruling family with royal ties on both sides. When her father is arrested for treason and dies in prison by Henry VIII, and her brother and uncles are put to death as traitors, Gera vows to get her revenge. After joining her mother and her remaining siblings in England, Gera heads to court in hopes to make the Tudor family pay.

This is an enlightening novel about a not well-kn
Jan 27, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read. I love the Tudor history, as awful as it was. This book begins in Ireland, where the Fitsgeralds have ruled for the king for generations. The new King Henry the 8th wants an accounting, concerning his lands, and the people there. Elizabeth Fitsgerald does not trust this king, after all he has set away his first wife Katherine. Her father goes, as commanded, and is imprisoned. His sons demand his release, but one step son plays false and opens the way for the English s ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tudor-fiction
This is the second of Karen Harper's books that I've read, and I continue to be impressed by her work. The Irish Princess was a bit slow in the first few pages, but once I accustomed myself to the characters, I could hardly bear to put the book down. Gera was an absolutely fascinating heroine, and I loved reading about her adventures during the reigns of the Tudor monarchs.

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Feb 27, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
"The Irish Princess" is a historical novel set in 1533-1559 in Ireland and England. The story appeared to be very well-researched, and the author said she kept true to the facts about Elizabeth "Gera" Fitzgerald and simply filled in with fiction what history didn't record. The author did an excellent job of weaving historical details into the story without ever slipping into a history lecture. The vivid setting and historical details brought the story alive in my imagination.

While it seemed like
Feb 12, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
The Irish Princess by Karen Harper
Historical Romance - Feb 1st, 2011
4 stars

Elizabeth “Gera” Fitzgerald and her family are the unofficial royalty of Ireland. Under the chilling rule of King Henry VIII, her father must be careful not to cross the king’s ire. Even so, he is eventually summoned to London and thrown into the Tower where he died. At the age of 10, Gera’s entire life suddenly changes that year. With her father’s death, her oldest brother starts a revolution against the Tudor King. Her
Aug 11, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
I enjoy a good historical fiction novel. The author calls it a "historical faction" meaning most is fact while some stuff was added to keep the story running smoothly. Of course I was googling the people in this book as soon as I finished!

This story was about Elizabeth "Gera" Fitzgerald .. from a noble family in Ireland in the 1500s, and who would more than likely have been the royal family if not for the stinken English (seriously, they caused problems for everyone back in the day!) Henry VIII
Jul 27, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
I really enjoy historical fiction. The author called this story"faction", she researched Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Edward Clinton and used the facts and filled in with what she thought the characters would say and do. I thought that was a good description of historical fiction. I liked the main character Elizabeth, Gera. She was a from the Fitzferald family, in Maynooth Ireland at the time of Henry VIII. The Fitzgeralds were treated badly by Henry (surprise, surprise). Gera ends up in England and ...more
May 19, 2011 Catherine rated it liked it
Ehhh I had a hard time getting into this. It's not that it's written poorly, and Harper definitely did her research; when it comes to historical fiction, I always check for a bibliography.

I guess I didn't like that Harper bought into the whole "red-headed Irish temper rebel girl" stereotype that I feel like I've read a million times. Also, the main character, Gera, as well as her supporting cast, are very one-dimensional. Everyone fits into one role; good, evil, love interest, and so on. Gera a
Sheli Ellsworth
Feb 01, 2013 Sheli Ellsworth rated it really liked it
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The Fitzgeralds were considered Irish royalty when the English Tudors deposed them in 1533. Harper follows the young Elizabeth Fitzgerald from the imprisonment of her father in the Tower of London and the siege of her family’s castle to the execution of her half brother and five uncles in London.
Gera, as she was called, was determined to exact revenge on the Tudors—especially Henry VIII, and eventually positioned herself in the epicenter of English Royal court and becomes a lady-in-waiting fo
Jayme Swallow
Jun 21, 2012 Jayme Swallow rated it liked it
Karen Harper's The Irish Princess introduced me to Elizabeth Fitzgerald, the uncrowned Irish Princess of Tudor times and rule. The Fitzgeralds and Henry VIII don't exactly get along, and that leads to quite a few visits to the Tower of London for the Fitzgerald men. Elizabeth, or Gera, is also forced to relocate to London so Henry VIII and his men can keep an eye on her and her family.

I enjoyed The Irish Princess; it was nice to be introduced to a new character and storyline. I feel like Harper
Dec 12, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing
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Girls Gone Reading
May 03, 2011 Girls Gone Reading rated it liked it
Gera is one of those heroines who has a one track mind. Desperate to regain her family’s throne, Gera desires to return to Ireland come hell or high water. Usually this type of single mindedness annoys me. Somehow, in Gera, I found it exciting.

The Irish Princess also adds the added romance factor that has been getting me through a lot of books lately. Although I would never label this book as a romance read, in The Irish Princess Gera learns to couple her passion for her love of country and her
Feb 18, 2012 Lindsay rated it did not like it
Reading this book for the Historical Fictionista's book club read. This would not have been my first choice and indeed was not even my third but my resolution is to participate more in the book club and participate I shall.

Ugggg! That's it, I tap out. I madeit more than three quarters of the way through this book and I won't waste another moment. I enjoyed the dialoge and the romance story was vaguely interesting. The rest needed much tuning!

The main character started by being childish and when
Jan 21, 2015 Jessie rated it really liked it
I really like historical fiction but sometimes I find it difficult to get through because it either moves very slowly or the language has me thinking a lot to follow. This was the complete opposite of those types of historical fiction. I stayed up til 3am to finish this book. It is fast paced and easy to follow. Part adventure, part espionage, and part romance, this book is engaging and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Jan 08, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Recommended to Jodi by: Marika Chronister
I love historical fiction that has a touch of intrigue, a little mystery and a little romance. This book had all that and was a quick, enjoyable read. I have read a lot about Tudor England and especially about all the wives of Henry VIII. I have read a variety of books from various points of view with different key players in King Henry's court and this book presented yet another side - that of the would-be Irish princess, Elizabeth "Gera" Fitzgerald, if it wasn't for the King of England stealin ...more
Cj W
Sep 13, 2012 Cj W rated it liked it
This book is regarding Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
'Lady Gera'

She is the daughter of the 8th Earl of Kildare, who has been taken by King Henry VIII and has been charges with treason.
Along with his entire family.

Gera's dad, half brother, and uncles, have all been killed in the tower of london, and Gera and her mother and sisters are forced to leave their home in Kildare, Ireland, and forced to become part of King Henry's court, even though they would like nothing else than to see him killed for his
Kim Hathorn
May 04, 2012 Kim Hathorn rated it really liked it
Karen Harper is a good storyteller. The opening sentences were really good and incited my interest in the story. Elizabeth "Gera" Fitzgerald was a historical personage who lived during Tudor times. In "The Irish Princess" Gera tells her story from the age of ten to approximately thirty-one. In between those years she lives a lifetime of experiences.
I felt that the story flowed well, but some of Gera's actions do seem a little unbelievable and out of sorts with true historical behavior for gentle
Feb 27, 2015 Allison rated it liked it
This one was just ok for me. I liked the premise but wasn't impressed with the character development. Gera never really learned to think before running headfirst into danger. I expected a certain level of maturity after two husbands, the death of two children, and reaching her 30's. Gera didn't deliver which took what could have been a really good novel and just made it ok for me.
Lori Bond
Feb 09, 2015 Lori Bond rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I really like that it is a true account of an actual historical woman. This is not another run of the mill Tudor story either. They take the backseat in this book. She did a great job telling Gera's story without the need of profanity, steamy sex scenes or sappy love scenes. If you love historical fiction you will love this book. I loved it so much I went out and got a few more books by her!
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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scott ...more
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