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Young Bess (Good Queen Bess 1) Paperback – 27 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; New edition edition (27 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749080213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749080211
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,352,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Margaret Irwin's books have an unsurpassed colour and gusto'
-- THE TIMES

'One of Britain's most accomplished historical novelists. Her love
and respect for the past shines through every page' -- Sarah Dunant, author of IN THE COMPANY OF A COURTESAN


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Much better than most of the Tudor industry tripe. Her prose is beautiful, perfect and strangely evocative. Read this when I was a wee bairn. It stands up twenty years later. Read the whole trilogy, you won't regret it!
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This is the fist book I've read by this author. It won't be the last. I did expect more of a storyline of Bess but on reflection it had to cover detail of Ned and Tom. It was so well written that even though I knew the outcome the author kept you enthralled and almost allowed you to think there might have been a different ending to that of history gives us.
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I adored this book from start to finish! It's an easy-to-read book with a flow of words that makes it extremely enjoyable. It definately made me want to get the other two in this series. Believe me they are well worth buying,not just ordering from the library!
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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 two.

The book continues through the reign of her brother Edward as Bess and Tom face the consequences for their reckless actions. The trilogy continues in ELIZABETH, 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).
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I think that Margaret Irwin has a superb way of telling history. I read this novel years ago and felt that it gave as faithful account as possible of the history of this period. Many books have been written on the subject of Elizabeth and although this attempt must definitely be regarded as a novel and not a history reference book, it does have the ring of truth in my opinion.
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Although depiction of some things bothered me a little (I really think that Elizabeth was much more less in love - if in love at all - with Thomas Seymour than novelists usually portrait it and much more aware of him using her), still Irwin's characters come to life and eventually it is enjoyable read.

P.S. I disagree with readers who said that this is YA fiction. If lack of sex scenes in novel means YA fiction then most of classics is YA fiction. This novel presents psychologically believable and thoughtful portrayals of important historical characters and through them philosophical, historical adult themes, worth to think about. On the other hand, if people's only expectations from Tudor novel are to read how characters had a sex which each other, then it's definitely not right book for them. This novel and especially sequels are far more complex than that.
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a look at Queen elizabeth's life as a child and teenager. starting just before Henry VIII death and ends when she is aged about 19/20. written in a romantic style rather than some other historical books which are a bit factual in style. very interesting period in Elizabeth life as she shows the strength of character and opinion she would been known for as queen when is a child. not a period i know anything about so was interesting to read something new about her.
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I enjoyed this book - found it well written and fairly historically accurate. It made a change to read about Elizabeth the First in her younger days when she lived in a state of near terror for much of her life! Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good tudor tale
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