The Irish Princess

The Irish Princess

by Karen Harper

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451232823
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 133,847
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 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
girlsgonereading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 man into one. These passions, however, take Gera to some pretty famous places. Some of these places I did find a tad troubling.A la Forrest Gump Gera ¿happens¿ to be everywhere important in King Henry VIII¿s court. She overhears things. She witnesses things. She just seemed to be placed everywhere at once. It speaks well of the book that these plot holes did not ruin the novel for me, but I do wish that at times Harper would have focused more on Gera¿s path rather than the famous Tudors.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 or I was expecting something different, but I could just never get fully engaged in this book.The Irish Princess tells the story of Elizabeth Fitzgerald (aka Gera), the daughter of a high-ranking Irish Earl who is king of Ireland in all but name. Gera and her people have long been oppressed by Henry Tudor and the British. When Gera's father dies, she and her family are captured and she is sent to live with the Grey family -sort of distant cousins. Gera finds herself thrown into the political webs of the Tudor court, complete with drive to kill Henry Tudor himself.The Irish Princess felt like a run-of-the-mill Tudor novel. Though it seemed like Harper's goal was to give a different view of Henry VIII's reign through the eyes of an unknown historical figure and tell here story. Instead, I felt like I was reading a brief history of Henry VIII's reign from the vantage point of a very minimal side character and, even though some interesting things do happen to her, mostly in the romance department, I never felt like the story was fully about her. Perhaps I'm just Tudor-mania-ed out, but I really didn't care about re-counting all of Henry's wives, yet again, and hearing about the family Tudor drama.Sadly, I felt like Gera's story just wasn't compelling enough to keep me going. While she had some interesting motivations and a unique past, she didn't really seem like she was moving toward much of a future. I'm not sure if it was Gera or Harper, but I felt like there was little direction for much of the novel. Plus, I feel as though Harper's writing quality had dropped here.Not great, but not horrid. I'd give Irish Princess a pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this
MsDollie More than 1 year ago
The Irish Princess by Karen Harper was a delightful reading experience. Elizabeth Fitzgerald was an interesting historical basis upon which to write historical fiction. Her life made her a contemporary of all the Tudor Royals from King Henry VIII on and her Irish heritage added much lesser know historical references. The Henry VIII death bed scenario stretched credibility but the rest of the storyline was excellent enough to make up for those few moments of incredulity. Very good read. I would consider reading it again sometime.
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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