Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Elizabeth and The Prince Of Spain" by Margaret Irwin

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402229985
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Originally published in 1953 this was the last book in Margaret Irwin's "Young Bess" series. Because it was written in an earlier era the book is not a racy bodice ripper - something that I appreciate. It's not that I'm a prude  - but I do get a tad tired of  the "sex sells" philosophy- especially in relation to good historical fiction writing. 

This book revolves around Philip of Spain's relationship with Elizabeth. The  staunch Catholic, philanderer (depending on your point of view I guess) and husband of Elizabeth's half sister Queen Mary, lusted for Elizabeth. This aspect of Elizabeth's life provides a fresh point of view which I quite liked.  I think Ms. Irwin did an excellent job of portraying the historical context and  the book is rife with court life details. It's a book that I enjoyed reading and thinking about all of the "what ifs"  made for some interesting "grist for the mill".

I don't believe that I have read the first two books in this series - but would like to. It's a good stand alone book but reading it in series might be worthwhile. Sourcebooks does such a great job of bringing back some of "the best of the best". This is another highly recommended read for all historical history fans - especially those of us who love Elizabeth I .


note: this book was provided to be by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review - no other remuneration was received

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