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Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy 1) ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy 1) Author Margaret Irwin – Thomashillier.co.uk Vivid and psychologically brilliant This spirited novel enriches the imagination Times Literary Supplement UKYoung Elizabeth Tudor lives in the shadow of her infamous mother Anne Boleyn Declared a bas Vivid and psychologically brilliant This spirited novel enriches the imagination Times Literary Supplement UKYoung 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 secureAfter 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 ueen 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 sidesI doubt if anyone could create perfectly than Miss Irwinthe illusion of a vanished age ObserverMargaret Irwin's books have an unsurpassed colour and gusto TimesWhat readers are saying One of the best written and most evocative historical novels everI adored this book from start to finishHer prose is beautiful perfect and strangely evocative.


10 thoughts on “Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy 1)

  1. Gabriel Gabriel says:

    I don't have the right to rate this book for I did not even make it to the half of the story lineThis book was not bad I actually loved it but due to personal circumstances I suddenly lost the desire to finish this book for it had became the symbol of poignant memories I would highly recommend this book for those who love to read historical fiction most especially those books that focuses on the Tudor period


  2. Orsolya Orsolya says:

    Whether as a child or as an adult; the life of ueen Elizabeth I was uite interesting and dramatic to say the least Margaret Irwin begins her Elizabeth Trilogy following the future Gloriana as a young teen aging both physically and mentally in “Young Bess” Irwin’s writing strikes the reader with instant literary tones in the realm of flowery descriptions symbolism and vivid imagery This captures the reader without turning “Young Bess” into a fluff piece by focusing ardently on historical events “Young Bess” is history than fiction The issue with this is that there are some historical inaccuracies but perhaps Irwin can be forgiven as “Young Bess” was published in the 1940s “Young Bess” can definitely be described as ‘dry’ as the text contains little dialogue and the narrator merely describes events instead of allowing the reader to live through them Much of the plot is a history recap versus actually revealing Elizabeth at all In fact Elizabeth feels sort of like an afterthought instead of being a main character There are uite a few instances where Irwin tries to create controversy by simply name calling characters and using elementary level teasing instead of imaginatively weaving it into the plot This feels like debasing the events and doesn’t truly add anything to the story At approximately the halfway point Irwin infuses “Young Bess” with a bit of a fictional styling creating a faster pace amongst the pages Elizabeth begins to come off the pages much in comparison than she was and Irwin explores angles on how her childhood may have affected her adult self Also evident at this point are uniue highlights which other Tudor HF novels never focus on such as Thomas Seymour’s time spent in Hungary This is uite welcomed In true Irwin style “Young Bess” jumps between characters and their points of view of the story This luckily is not overwhelming to the reader and does not create any chunkiness although it reduces the spotlight on Elizabeth even Another common Irwin trait heavy foreshadowing is infused into the text of “Young Bess” This is noticeable for those familiar with Elizabeth and may not be as striking to the general reader The concluding chapters of “Young Bess” are uite evocative with emotion and shed an understandable and relatable light to the hysterical feeling surrounding the execution of Thomas Seymour and the last days of King Edward’s reign Sadly this still bypasses the views of Elizabeth and ends the novel rather abruptly this may be due to the fact that there are books within the trilogy Like most other older HF novels; Irwin did not include any notes to explain any historical liberties taken or a genealogical table which could be of use to the general reader Overall “Young Bess” is rather strong in terms of historical focus but weak when it comes to retaining the essence of a novel The pages fail to bring Elizabeth alive therefore eclipsing any character growth while the plot doesn’t express a proper arc “Young Bess” is conseuentially somewhat dry and flat The novel basically displays an absence of excitement or that special “oomph” Despite these complaints “Young Bess” is a rather good historical overview for those seeking less fluff and is therefore recommended for readers interested in the Tudors


  3. Natasa Natasa says:

    Young Bess was a wonderful story centering on a time in Elizabeth’s life when things still aren’t certain for her Danger doubt and treachery are at every turn The research that the author did for this book shines through in the writing 


  4. Alantie Alantie says:

    I really cannot fathom why people are giving this book such high reviews I love historical fiction I love the Tudors but something about this book just didn't jive with me To be honest I found it very dry most of it is telling not showing There's very little meaningful conversation and there's no real personal connection to anyone in the text There are great big passages where it talks about the plots that are happening but it's always from a distance we don't see the conversations play out in real time it feels like all of this is being told by an onlooker who's not bothering to pay any attention to the people to try to figure out what's happening We don't get inside their heads we're usually told and not shown what they are thinking or feeling and it got very tiresome very uicklyThe POV also meanders and changes rapidly One minute Bess is pondering her family and then the next we're a thousand miles away in the castle with the King and Protector and then a couple lines later it jumps to Catherine who's noticed Tom's interest in Bess it's just like there's no indications that these switches are happening either no chapter changeovers no breaks in the flow of the story nothing which makes it even of a painAnd I'm kind of eyebrow raising over the behavior of 'Bess' This girl is uite frankly a brat It's like the worst ualities of Henry and Anne were both cobbled together to create this young version of Elisabeth and it just seemed very much at odds with everything else I've read or seen about Elizabeth and how she was portrayedBut then I do seem to be in the minority so read form your own opinion Maybe I'm the crazy one


  5. Misfit Misfit says:

    Young Bess is the first in a trilogy Margaret Irwin wrote on the life of Elizabeth Tudor and begins towards the end of Henry VIII's life during his marriage to Catherine Parr Upon Henry's death Bess goes to live with the widowed Catherine who soon marries the new King's uncle Tom Seymour but was Catherine really Tom's first choice for a bride or would he have preferred to marry the young princess to further his own ambitions? Bess is barely on the cusp of womanhood and Tom's flirtations begin to appear most inappropriate and Catherine must step to nip it in the bud and separate the twoThe book continues through the reign of her brother Edward as Bess and Tom face the conseuences for their reckless actions The trilogy continues in Elizabeth The Captive Princess and Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain While I did enjoy this novel a great deal and Irwin's writing is top notch this book didn't bring any new knowledge to the table either I believe this was written for the YA market and would do very nicely for today's younger readers new to the period as well as for those who do enjoy a YA book on occasion Readers looking for a heavier going read should look elsewhere and I highly recommend Susan Kay's Legacy which BTW is being reissued by Sourcebooks in 2010


  6. CLM CLM says:

    This is my mother's favorite book which influenced both her and me in our love of the 16th century I asked her to share her thoughts recently found out it was made into a movie starring Jean Simmons The popularity of Philippa Gregory has brought this wonderful trilogy back into print


  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    From my blogExuisitely written well researched with intense and vivid imagery Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be ueen is an absolutely amazing beginning of what promises to be a spectacular trilogy chronicling the life of ueen Elizabeth Margaret Irwin has such a brilliant command of this time period the reader is immediately transported back in time to the end of King Henry VIII's rule as a young Bess has moved in with the newly widowed Catherine Parr and her new husband Thomas Seymour and King Edward IV sits upon the thrown I do believe my favourite genre if pressed to choose would be historical fiction and Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be ueen is a shining example of exactly why historical fiction is such a fabulous genre This novel is well researched the characters are made uite real to the reader and the plot will keep the reader turning the pages even if the reader does in fact already know the historical facts one cannot help but anxiously await what will happen next in this novel The only negative I can think of is the fact that I must wait until October 2010 for the release of the second book of the trilogy Elizabeth Captive Princess An absolute must read I give Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be ueen high marks all around and recommend this novel to everyone


  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    From my blogreturnExuisitely written well researched with intense and vivid imagery Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be ueen is an absolutely amazing beginning of what promises to be a spectacular trilogy chronicling the life of ueen Elizabeth Margaret Irwin has such a brilliant command of this time period the reader is immediately transported back in time to the end of King Henry VIII's rule as a young Bess has moved in with the newly widowed Catherine Parr and her new husband Thomas Seymour and King Edward IV sits upon the thrown I do believe my favourite genre if pressed to choose would be historical fiction and Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be ueen is a shining example of exactly why historical fiction is such a fabulous genre This novel is well researched the characters are made uite real to the reader and the plot will keep the reader turning the pages even if the reader does in fact already know the historical facts one cannot help but anxiously await what will happen next in this novel The only negative I can think of is the fact that I must wait until October 2010 for the release of the second book of the trilogy Elizabeth Captive Princess An absolute must read I give Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be ueen high marks all around and recommend this novel to everyone


  9. Patty Patty says:

    This is a reprint; the book was originally written in 1944 Elizabeth I is one of my favorite historical figures and I have done uite a bit of reading about her but most of it is from the time after she ascended to the throne It was very interesting to read a book that takes you back to the time when she was still a child Before she became the political genius and great ueen of EnglandThe book was easy to read and is very detailed as to its period and time My only issue is that at time it seems that the book switches tone from historical novel to history book in trying to put forth the necessary information to move the story forward This was of course a very challenging time in England's history and there was much intrigue going on as Henry VIII faded away After his death the short reign of Edward was fraught with strife due to his guardians Elizabeth's position was precarious and she had many lessons to learnYet it is often forgotten that she was still very youngThe book is an excellent starting point for someone wanting to learn about Elizabeth and this period in history It is part of a trilogy and the other books are also due to be reprinted I will eagerly await their publication I thoroughly enjoyed reading Young Bess


  10. Haley Mathiot Haley Mathiot says:

    While I was reading this book I had my moments where I was thinking “this is nicethis is cute” the writing was very elouent and good However the plot was just nonexistent By page 85 not much had happened I had no urge to continue reading and even though I enjoyed it while I was reading it I had to force myself to sit down and read it And you should never have to force yourself to read a book except for school I felt the same way about The Midnight Charter Both of these were similar in that they both had a bit of politics in themI did like the characters Loved Tom Seymour and the writing again was great But nothing made me want to keep readingI didn’t get far enough into the book to be able to say what content was in itYoung Bess was re published by Sourcebooks March 1st Please know that I am in the minority for those who didn’t likefinish it See other reviews on and Goodreads


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