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Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be Queen by Margaret Irwin

March 9th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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’ve read several books about Henry VIII’s various wives and have always found them fascinating.  This is my first book following what happens after Henry’s death.  I have to admit that I am not familiar with this era so for me part of the joy in reading this book was anticipation for what is to come.  I enjoyed reading this book although I did not find Elizabeth to be a very likeable person.  It was interesting to see how court life and the intrigues of the line of succession affects each person in this story.  Tom’s character, motivations and true feelings were complex and it was hard to tell what was the real Tom.  While I can’t speak to the accuracy of the book it is an enjoyable read for those who want to see what followed the death of the infamous Henry VIII.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Historical Fiction

3 Responses

  1. Holly

    This one sounds like it has some potential. I’m not very familiar with the time either, but it fascinates me.

  2. Heather

    I love anything that’s about the Tudor dynasty, so this one sounds pretty good to me. Thanks for posting about it.

  3. kay

    This sounds great! I haven’t read much about what follows Henry’s death, either. I will keep this mood in mind for future historical fiction reading.

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