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Margaret Irwin

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Post by Nefret » Thu September 3rd, 2009, 10:43 pm

I have the trilogy (as three books, not one). And the Mary, Queen of Scots book. The books are currently under the TBR pile. But I did start Young Bess, and like it so far.

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Post by Margaret » Tue October 5th, 2010, 5:39 am

Sourcebooks has just brought out a new edition of the second in the trilogy, Elizabeth, Captive Princess (see review). I enjoyed it even more than Young Bess, which is saying something. Now I'm looking forward to reading the final novel in the trilogy.

Has anyone read any of Irwin's standalone novels? Are they as good as the Elizabeth novels?
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Post by princess garnet » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 7:01 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]Has anyone read any of Irwin's standalone novels? Are they as good as the Elizabeth novels?[/quote]
Just finished reading The Stranger Prince, a novel about Prince Rupert of the Rhine, one of Elizabeth of Bohemia's older sons. Very interesting read! It's slow in parts but the story moves along. There are some battle scenes--general action movements nothing graphic. The bulk of the novel is in England with Rupert and his other brothers visiting or fighting. Stage time is given to the widowed Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia and her kids as well as the English royal family.
Out of print but you may be able to find a copy at the library. It's been reissued before, the last time was in the mid '80s.

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Post by Misfit » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 7:05 pm

[quote=""princess garnet""]Just finished reading The Stranger Prince, a novel about Prince Rupert of the Rhine, one of Elizabeth of Bohemia's older sons. Very interesting read! It's slow in parts but the story moves along. There are some battle scenes--general action movements nothing graphic. The bulk of the novel is in England with Rupert and his other brothers visiting or fighting. Stage time is given to the widowed Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia and her kids as well as the English royal family.
Out of print but you may be able to find a copy at the library. It's been reissued before, the last time was in the mid '80s.[/quote]

Oh that could be interesting. Rupert's one I'd like to read more about.
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Post by annis » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 7:49 pm

Stranger Prince is also part of a trilogy, though it can be read as a stand-alone. The other two are The Proud Servant, the story of Scottish nobleman James Graham, Marquess of Montrose, Charles I's great supporter, and The Bride, the story of the doomed romance between Montrose and Prince Rupert's sister, Louise Hollandine. Louise was a noted artist (as was the multi-talented Prince Rupert.) Some of her work can be seen here.
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Post by Misfit » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 8:07 pm

Thanks Annis. The Rupert book must have been mentioned here before as I already had it on my wish list - and the library has it.
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Post by annis » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 8:31 pm

Misfit, I'm pretty sure we discussed Prince Rupert novels on the English Civil War thread at one stage :)

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