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Growing up in the shadow of her dead mother, the infamous Anne Boleyn, young Princess Elizabeth has learnt to be continuously on the watch for the political games played out around her. It is never certain when one might rise in, or precariously fall out of, royal favour.
When her distant father, Henry VIII, dies, the future brightens for Elizabeth. She is able to set up a home with Henry’s last wife, Katherine Parr, who now has a new husband, Tom Seymour. Tom, however, is playing a risky game. Marrying a widowed queen is one thing, flirting with the King’s daughter and second in line to the throne is another. As the adolescent Elizabeth finds herself dangerously attracted to him, danger encroaches upon herself and the kingdom…
This first book of Irwin’s historical trilogy about the life of ‘Good Queen Bess’ confirms the author’s status as one of the most successful historical writers of the 20th century.
What The Critics Said
'Part of her splendid trilogy about Elizabeth I, widely praised for its historical accuracy and attnetion to detail... Beautifully written, thoroughly captivating'
Good Book Guide
In the 1950s, we learnt more about Tudor history by reading Jean Plaidy and Margaret Irwin than we ever did from our history textbooks. For me, these three books ('Young Bess', 'Elizabeth Captive Princess' and 'Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain') were the last word in historical fiction, and I'm so pleased that Allison and Busby have seen fit to republish them and treat them with the reverence they deserve. Young Elizabeth and her friends and relatives at the court of Henry VIII are like living, breathing characters - they're totally real, and if you read the trilogy in chronological order, you'll get a true sense of the Elizabethan age from an author who knew how to tell a story. Absolutely stunning new editions from A&B, and wonderfully evocative reads, too. Waiting for a new Margaret Irwin back then was almost like waiting for a new Stephen King nowadays. Superb.