The Irish Princess

The Irish Princess

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by Karen Harper
     
 

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A grand-scale historical novel from the national bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare.

Born into a first family of Ireland, with royal ties on both sides, Elizabeth Fitzgerald-known as Gera-finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, the Earl of Kildare, and brutally destroys her family. Torn from the home she loves, her

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A grand-scale historical novel from the national bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare.

Born into a first family of Ireland, with royal ties on both sides, Elizabeth Fitzgerald-known as Gera-finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, the Earl of Kildare, and brutally destroys her family. Torn from the home she loves, her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in England's glittering royal court. There she must navigate ever-shifting alliances even as she nurtures her secret desire for revenge. From County Kildare's lush green fields to London's rough-and-tumble streets and the royal court's luxurious pageantry, The Irish Princess follows the journey of a daring woman whose will cannot be tamed, and who won't be satisfied until she restores her family to its rightful place in Ireland.

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Publishers Weekly
Harper (Mistress Shakespeare) is in fine form, using strong-willed Irish noblewoman Elizabeth Fitzgerald, known to history asthe Fair Geraldine, to explore the court of the agingHenry VIII and the brutal political struggles of the time. Raisedin a family at the center of the struggle for Irish home rule, young Gera flees to England as most of herrelatives are imprisoned or executed. Enteringcourt politics first as a lady-in-waiting to Henry's doomed fifthqueen and later wife to highly placed courtier Sir AnthonyBrowne, her desire for revenge and the reinstatementof her family is balanced by respect for the disinheritedprincesses Mary and Elizabeth, care for her husband'sposition, and her secret attraction to seagoing nobleman EdwardClinton. Tudor fans will enjoy this skillfully fleshed-out tale ofan adventurous young woman coming-of-age inside a court constantly onedge. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451232823
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
906,261
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Karen Harper is a New York Times– and USA Today–bestselling author whose novels, both historical and contemporary, have been published worldwide. A former college and high school English instructor, Harper now lives in Columbus, Ohio, and Naples, Florida, and frequently travels around the country to promote her books and speak about writing.

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Irish Princess 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Kimberly Parker More than 1 year ago
This book has everything. I was so sad to finish it. Ms. Harper is a fabulous writer and would love to read more historical fiction by her. I have read all but one that I am ready to start. You won't be disappointed by this one!
Hammbone More than 1 year ago
An amazing lady brought to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
For the first tens of her life, Elizabeth "Gera" Fitzgerald is happy as her family is caring and loving and the patriarch a powerful lord in Ireland especially in County Kildare. Her idyllic childhood ends when King Henry VIII who also rules over Ireland orders Lord Fitzgerald to give an accounting of his seditious activities. Fitzgerald's denial is ignored as the monarch locks him away in the Tower where he dies. The King proclaims the extended Fitzgerald family as traitors to the throne for their activities in support of a free Ireland; this leads to the execution without a jury of peers' trial of Gera's uncles, her older brothers and several other males. The family arrives in London to beg for clemency and pledge their loyalty to Henry. Raging, but concealing her feelings about the ruthless monarch, Gera plots to kill His Highness even if it means her execution. While feeling a sense of sisterly camaraderie with Henry's estranged daughters and controlling her attraction to Lord Clinton as sixteen year old she marries Lord Browne to gain easier royal access; Gera waits for the right moment to cut the royal throat as she doubts he has a heart. This is a super Tudor biographical fiction of the "Fair Geraldine", immortalized in a sonnet when she was ten years old. Her goals were killing Henry for murdering her family and to regain their noble standing stripped away by the ruler. The story line provides a fresh perspective to the deadly politics at the court of King Henry VIII starting with a terrific prologue as fans of the Tudor period will appreciate The Irish Princess who refused to back away from her own objectives. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! Karen Harper has a true talent. Thank you Karen for writing such a wonderful book!
honeygrams5 More than 1 year ago
Ireland's royalty is in trouble. Henry XIII has taken the men to hang, because he could. The Princess has a real task. She spends years to get close to the king with the entent of kill the king. The history of that time is well written and notes at the end of the story gives the reader a good review of that period of history. This is a good story and the action tells an exciting tale.
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