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The Irish Princess

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,090 ratings  ·  128 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 Berkley Books
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Feb 15, 2011 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
Rio (Lynne)
Jan 30, 2011 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
Apr 04, 2011 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
Sheli Ellsworth
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
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
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
Sarah Hearn
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read, confirming for me once again - as if I needed the confirmation - but a total nutbar Henry VIII was. Karen Harper writes really well-researched historical "faction". ...more
Interesting and entertaining history of Elizabeth Fitzgerald of the Fitzgerald family of Ireland, most of the story taking place in the mid 1550's. Political and Court intrigue, romance, famous historical figures; a good balance between history and romance for those of us who love history but a little romance does not go amiss. ...more
Mar 08, 2011 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
Apr 13, 2013 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. This story begins in
Meg Ulmes
Mar 23, 2011 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
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVED this book!!! What a heroine! I wish they made a really long movie about this story.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars

Three solid stars mainly because I enjoyed it. The writing style is decent though not subtle, although 1st person narratives aren’t my favorite. The scene settings & sense of place were well done at least.

Gera’s hatred of the English & desire for revenge dominated the first half the book. Understandably, but it felt a bit over done at times. I liked her as a character, and most of the supporting cast. Dudley was a rather black & white villain & could have used a bit more nuance. I wish Ge
Caitlin  Pate
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*spoiler free!*
First off, let me say that I loved this book! As a reader who adores history (especially Irish history) this was a home run for me. The main character Gera is extremely interesting and personable; I found myself whispering her family battle cry along with her. The story focuses on Gera whose family has been uprooted and torn at the seams. We see her transplanted from her beloved Ireland into the treacherous Tudor court. I thought the writing was artfully done. I've seen a complai
Gael Sweeney
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm very interested in the Tudor Era and this book especially because my 12th (yes!) great-grandmother, Catherine Fizgerald, was The Fair Geraldine's half sister. Yes, almost all their male relatives were beheaded in the Tower, which is unbelievable, but too true. This book certainly romanticized Elizabeth's life, but you have to admit that her life WAS stranger than fiction! My ancestor lived a lot more quietly in Ireland, thank God, or I might not be here! A fun read. ...more
Cary Boswell
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Accurately researched. I learned more about Henry VIII and the Tudors and Dudley. Gera Fitzgerald becomes a lady-in-waiting for the Tudor court and subsequently for Queens Mary and Elizabeth. Great history along with the love story of Gera,(the Irish princess) and Lord Edward Clinton.
Darlene Christensen
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
At a time when King Henry VIII rules with an iron hand, the Fitzgerals, are allowed to rule Ireland for Henry. Elizabeth Fitgerald, Gera, is forced to run for her life with a a servant away from her beloved Ireland. As she grows Gera becomes one of those serving in King Henry VIII court. This book was researched as with the books Karen Harper writes and allows a person to view events of the past.
Joan Horkey
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very excellent account of a daring young woman who seeks revenge on King Henry VIII for slaughtering her family.
I liked this book about the Tudor court mainly because it provided a perspective that I hadn't seen before, that of Elizabeth "Gera" Fitzgerald, a surviving member of the ruling Irish family. Although this story places Gera prominently in the households of both Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth, I had never heard of her before. Gera makes it her quest to exact vengeance on Henry Tudor and exert her influence on his survivors to reinstate her family's honor. ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book on the Tudors but from the Irish side. Now I want to read more about her!
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Evfrosinia Pleshakova
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was actually put to tears several times reading this. This book has a special place in my heart. I love this so much.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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Feb 12, 2011 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
May 10, 2012 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
Feb 27, 2011 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
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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Jayme Swallow
Jun 10, 2012 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
Mar 06, 2014 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, 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-
May 15, 2011 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
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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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