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The Irish Princess

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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...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by NAL Trade
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Rio (Lynne)
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
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...more
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
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...more
Meg Ulmes
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
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
Absolutely LOVED this book!!! What a heroine! I wish they made a really long movie about this story.
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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"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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Sheli Ellsworth
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...more
Jayme Swallow
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...more
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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...more
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...more
Jan 08, 2012 Jodi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Kim Hathorn
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...more
Amongst the dozens of books out there that follow the Tudor Era The Irish Princess unfortunately falls far from the top of the list. Maybe I have just read too many of these books from that era but the book just did not sit well with me. I found it dragging a lot and I just could not connect with Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

The romance between Edward and Elizabeth was cute enough but I find it hard to believe that with all the 'A Geraldine! A Geraldine!' going on 'Gera' would fall for someone who was s...more
Sarah Wagner
A fun read about Gera Fitzgerald, the daughter of a powerful 16th-century Irish clan which falls afoul of Henry VIII. Gera spends much of her life in exile in England, struggling to restore her family's rights and to enact her revenge on those who destroyed her loved ones. In the process, she also encounters the dashing sea captain Edward Clinton, who helps her make her peace with the Tudor dynasty. I found this novel a fascinating introduction to a very interesting Tudor figure I had not encoun...more
This was fun historical fiction & based on a real person-- even down to when she was in her 30's & commited an act of piracy on Queen Elizabeth's behalf, which would have seemed very silly if it wasn't based on a recorded event. It's more romantic than realistic, and there are too many references to "streaming red hair" (which works at sea only if you're facing the wind, and flat out blinds you if you're looking any other direction) and "for Ireland and the Fitzgeralds," and the author s...more
The Irish Princess was an easy read however it was not a book I enjoyed for a few specific reasons. The main character Gera harbors a deep seated hate for Henry 8th (for good reason). Her talk and feelings aside she is a very passive character even for the time period until the end of the novel. When the character starts to be more active in the plot it was to me through unbelievable circumstances. Also the personalities of certain characters like Mary Tudor changed seemingly at random with no t...more
It wasn't completely horrible -- it just wasn't great.

I just didn't like it -- you may like it, but in my own personal taste/opinion, I just didn't. There seemed to be way too many drama twists (and scandals even for a "royal" court), and a lack of understanding with the characters, because I just didn't get as attached as compared to other novels; and I felt like it was more of a chore to keep reading, although I did want to know how it ended for the main lead.

And now I'll probably forget wha...more

In this novel Karen Harper tells the story of a would-be Irish princess Elizabeth "Gera" Fitzgerald and her desire for revenge against Henry VIII for the imprisonment and murders of her family. Throughout the story of Gera's life in the Tudor court, she befriends Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I) and her love of an English admiral Edward Clinton.

I absolutely LOVED this book. I have been a fan of Karen Harper for years now and I love how she is able to bring th...more
I don't know why this era is so interesting for me, but I love it. And I loved reading about Gera Fitzgerald, especially since she was a real person. I feel like I learn so much with books like this because even though the majority of the story is fiction, it's all based on things that really happened. And there was plenty that Karen Harper took from actual history.
I was pulled into this story pretty much right away and really cared about Gera and her family from page one. It was a great story...more
Stephanie Taylor
I would have given the book 4 stars, but the beginning was a bit hard to get into. By the middle I couldn't put it down, and overall it was a good book. I loved the heroine's fiery temper and fierce determination as she navigates her way through the political web of King Henry's court. Her goal is to get close to him to bring him down and get her revenge for the atrocities committed against her family. However, with all the intrigue and plotting there is a good dose of romance too as she finds h...more
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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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