Young Bess: The Girl Who Would Be Queen

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"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 is never secure.

After Henry VIII's ...

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Overview

"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 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 queen is one thing, but courting the King's daughter and second in line to the throne is another. Seymor pursues the adolescent Elizabeth, as she finds herself dangerously attracted to him. And with her brother's death, Elizabeth faces a perilous and uncertain future with danger encroaching from all sides...

"I doubt if anyone could create more perfectly than Miss Irwin
the illusion of a vanished age."
-Observer

"Margaret Irwin's books have an unsurpassed colour and gusto."
-Times

What readers are saying:

"One of the best-written and most evocative historical novels ever."

"I adored this book from start to finish."

"Her prose is beautiful, perfect, and strangely evocative."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
Originally published in 1944, the first installment of Irwin's classic Elizabeth I Trilogy returns to enthrall new readers fascinated by the Elizabethian period. Brimming with vivid period details, Irwin portrays a young Elizabeth growing aware of her doomed love for the charismatic Tom Seymour, who married Elizabeth's widowed stepmother Catherine Parr (becoming uncle to Elizabeth's brother, King Edward IV). Tom, meanwhile, has grown dangerously tempted by Bess. Irwin depicts the iconic daughter of King Henry VIII and the beheaded Anne Boleyn ("Nan Bullen") with impeccable grace. After the death of her tyrannical father, leaving behind a legacy of beheaded wives and fear, Irwin suggests Elizabeth was all too aware of her inability to control her dark future, nor the fate of Lord High Admiral Tom.
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BookPleasures.com
Margaret Irwin gives us a very compelling look at what happened during those dangerous years.
— Robin Jungbluth
Anna's Book Blog
A must read for any Tudor fan.
— Anna Vivian
Blog Critics
Striking and unforgettable.
— Jennifer Bogart
Rundpinne
Exquisitely written, well researched, with intense and vivid imagery.
— Jennifer Higgins
The Burton Review
Young Bess is a must read for anyone interested in the Tudor times.
— Marie Burton
Bloody Bad Books
A very accurate, well researched, pieces of historical fiction telling the story of not only Elizabeth I, but also that of Henry VIII, Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour.
— Trin Hall
Palmer's Picks for Reading
These historical figures come alive on the pages
— Melissa Palmer
Thoughts from an Evil Overlord
I greatly enjoyed the strong, wily and intelligent young princess presented to us by Mrs. Irwin.
— Elizabeth Bogardus
Renee's Reads
A masterpiece of Tudor fiction that's vivid writing will grasp the reader from the very beginning. A must read for all.
Celtic Lady's Ramblings
Thoroughly researched and beautifully told.
— Celtic Lady
The Broken Teepee
An excellent starting point for someone wanting to learn about Elizabeth and this period in history.
— Patty
I Read...
An exquisitely captivating look into the life of the young Princess Elizabeth.
— Sumana
Passages to the Past
An interesting read... Irwin has a unique writing style.
— Amy Bruno
The Ladybug Lounge
There is so much I learned by reading this book... Anyone that is a fan of the Tudor era will really enjoy this book.
— Lori
Debbie's World of Books
An enjoyable read for those who want to see what followed the death of the infamous Henry VIII.
— Debbie
Carla Nayland Historical Fiction
A powerful portrayal of Elizabeth's teenage years and her relationship with Tom Seymour, told in elegant prose and with superb characterisation.
— Carla Nayland
Romance Junkies
Vivid characterizations bring this period of history to life.
— Katherine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402229961
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 536,519
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Irwin (1889-1969) was a master of historical fiction, blending meticulous research with real storytelling flair to create some of England's best-loved and most widely acclaimed novels, including Young Bess, Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain, The Gay Galliard, and the Stranger Prince.
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