Young Bess (Good Queen Bess 1) Paperback – 27 Aug 2007
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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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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).
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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Slightly disappointing book about the Tudor period. Meandering storyline which did not capture my attention. Have read much better books about this period of history.Published 17 months ago by Jango
I have read a lot of historical novels especially of the Tudors. Irwin evokes the period beautifully. Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by Mrs Karen D Galber
Couldn't get into it very easily not what I was expecting so I didn't finish it. I may go back to it.Published on 30 Sept. 2013 by ldal0
I'm enjoying reading this book good author historically good would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading historical novels look forward to reading other books by this authorPublished on 22 Sept. 2013 by beu
Unfair to really comment as I am not yet finished reading to the end, except that I find it easy to put down!!Published on 27 Aug. 2013 by Mountain Gal
Enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of historical romance. Brought to life some of the characters and political intrigue of the time and a very... Read morePublished on 3 July 2013 by Lisa Laycock