Elizabeth, Captive Princess by Margaret Irwin
(Book II in the compelling Elizabeth I Trilogy)
Genre: General Market Historical Fiction
Pages: 352 Trade Paperback
Date Published: October 2010 (orig. 1948)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
In this, the second of Margaret Irwin’s great trilogy about the life of “Good Queen Bess”, Elizabeth I, the imperious, high spirited heroine of Young Bess finds herself the prey of her sister Mary’s jealous suspicions. The death of her young brother, Edward IV; the accession of Bloody Mary; the execution of Lady Jane Grey; her own imprisonment in the Tower of London; and the arrival of Philip of Spain to marry Queen Mary provide the powerful background to Irwin’s masterful novel as Elizabeth strives to achieve her ambition, the Crown of England.
The time period of this novel is fascinating and I do really love the titles in this series. Although the writing from Margaret Irwin is not quite my cup of tea, I felt there was a lot of speaking with out saying anything, but for some they might love it. I definitely would give her another chance, but would not quite call it a favorite.
*Thanks to Sourcebooks, Inc for providing a copy for review.*
About the Author:
Born in 1899 and educated at Oxford, Irwin was recognized as a novelist of well-researched and occasionally heart-breaking historical fiction. She is best known for her trilogy about Elizabeth I: Young Bess, Elizabeth Captive Princess, and Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. Young Bess was made into a movie starring Jean Simmons.
Irwin also wrote passionately about the English Civil War, causing generations to fall in love with the ill-fated but charismatic Earl of Montrose.