Elizabeth, Captive Princess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #2) by Margaret Irwin

Elizabeth, Captive Princess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #2)

The death of her young brother; the accession of Mary; the execution of Lady Jane Grey; and her own imprisonment in the Tower of London provide the background to this novel, the second of the author's trilogy about the life of Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth I.

Details Elizabeth, Captive Princess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #2)

TitleElizabeth, Captive Princess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #2)
Release DateSep 13th, 1999
PublisherAllison & Busby
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, English History, Tudor Period

Reviews Elizabeth, Captive Princess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #2)

  • Gary
    This captivating novel about the young Princess Elizabeth during the reigns of her brother Edward VI and her sister Mary I during the time during the time when she came under suspicion of being involved in treasonable plots and closely watched and kept in semi-captivity with the threat of the axe always hanging over her head.This novel encapsulates intelligent and passionate dialogue, which could have been taken from a dramatic historical play, a...
  • Orsolya
    Queen Elizabeth I is one of (if not, ‘the’) most talked about and well-known monarchs in history. Every detail from her conception to her death was recorded. Historical-fiction author Margaret Irwin brought the early life of Elizabeth to readers in the 1940s in the ‘Elizabeth Trilogy’. Following up “Young Bess”, Irwin’s second novel focuses on Elizabeth’s tumultuous years when Jane Grey and Elizabeth’s half-sister Queen Mary wer...
  • Cheryl
    King Henry VIII is dead. King Edward is lying in his bed about to die as well. Who will reign next? It was thought that Lady Jane Grey would but she has been executed. Now, it is between Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth knows she will be a better Queen than Mary. Unfortunately because Mary is the older of the two, it makes sense that Mary would be the next Queen. Of course, Mary does becomes Queen. Though not a lot of people are happy about it. Ther...
  • Marjorie
    This is a complex book that delves in to more than the superficial facts of the years of Queen Mary's reign. The imaginings of the pressures put upon the young Elizabeth Tudor by both the Court, the People and Herself are well executed and are doubtless based on extensive research of contemporary reports and documents.My issues with this book were that it seemed to got lost in iot's own web of intrigue and language. In evoking the Tudor Era you e...
  • Pat MacEwen
    This was a fairly in depth look at the period between the death of Edward VI and the marriage of Mary Tudor to Phillip of Spain. It was highly readable, and detailed concerning the interactions of Elizabeth's story with those of the Nine Days' Queen, Jane Grey, the Duke of Suffolk (Jane's father), and Bloody Mary herself. The author incorporates a good deal of Elizabethan phrasing but makes it painless and easy to read by leaving out the slang th...
  • Heather
    Although this isn't the best novelisation of Queen Elizabeth I that I have read, I still enjoyed this book which focused on her life between the reign of her younger brother, Edward VI, and her sister, Mary Tutor. Even though it was obvious that Elizabeth, Captive Princess was well researched, at times I found the plot dragged a bit. However, Ms Irwin brought Elizabeth alive and provided an interesting perspective of her in her younger life. She ...
  • Lori
    Although initially published in the 1940's, this remains a remarkably modern telling of Elizabeth's stand-off (if you will) against Mary following the death of King Edward. It stands alone nicely, but I might appreciate it more if I read the book that came before and after this one. Completing the trilogy is on my list.
  • Laura Jane
    The second in the trilogy about Elizabeth I's life before she became Queen delivers masterly psychological insights into the hopes and fears of three remarkable women: Elizabeth, the politically astute fighter; her sister Mary, a valiant, determined but tragic figure; and Jane Grey, the studious, naive, devout Protestant a victim of her ambitious relatives.The story opens with 19 year old Elizabeth resisting attempts to lure her to court to see h...
  • Kathleen Kelly
    This is the second in a trilogy written by Margaret Irwin about Elizabeth Tudor.In the beginning of this book King Edward dies and Lady Jane Grey is deposed after only nine days on the throne. Most of this story takes place during her sister Mary Tudor's reign as Queen of England.Mary is doing what she can to get rid of the Protestant faith that was the religion of Henry VIII and that Elizabeth grew up with. Mary becomes unpopular when Mary decid...
  • Gaile
    A sequel to Young Bess, the woman who becomesElizabeth I finds herself in peril when her brother, Edward VI dies. First Jane Grey is announced Queen as she is protestant while Elizabeth's sister, Princess Mary, the true heiress is a staunch Catholic.England rallies around Henry VIII's daughter, Mary and she is crowned. Although at first, friendlywith her sister, an uprising casts suspicion onElizabeth and she finds herself Mary's prisoner.Mary pr...
  • Laura
    I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first of the trilogy. I think perhaps its focus was too short. I would have loved to read more about Elizabeth in the tower and her blossoming infatuation with Robert Dudley someone who ultimately tried to usurp her own claim to the throne through Jane Grey.I felt that the book didn't really bring across the real fear she must have felt at being her sisters prisoner seen as her mother was beheaded...
  • drey
    Queen Elizabeth has always fascinated me, and when Sourcebooks offered up Elizabeth, Captive Princess for review, I jumped at it. After all, I did like Young Bess.Elizabeth's half-brother Edward is King, and has been sickly. When she is summoned to his sick-bed, she instead pleads illness and refuses to make the journey, certain that he is already dead and she may be riding into a trap. Such is the auspicious start to this next novel in Margaret ...
  • Irene
    I was very interested to find this book, second in a series, by Margaret Irwin -- first published in 1947. I wanted to read this because it covers the years of Elizabeth's life from her brother Edward's death through the first few years of Mary's reign, and ending when Phillip of Spain arrives and ER I is let out of the tower. The next book covers the years where supposedly she is between Philip and Mary, implying a triangle that I was not aware ...
  • Helene Harrison
    Review - This was a very interesting interpretation of Elizabeth's time in the Tower of London after the nine days reign of Jane Grey. It imagines the thoughts and feelings of Elizabeth after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, and her thoughts on religion and how to overcome the difficulties besetting her, like clearing her path to the throne through her half-sister and controversy over religion.Genre? - Historical / DramaCharacters? - Eli...
  • Janice
    Fantastic book! I have the entire trilogy by Irwin on order and can't wait to get to 3rd book. This time period is a mystery so I was very interested to find out who are the major players. As a result of this book and other back reading I find myself in great admiration of E1. The depictions of the English people's love for her are very moving as well. As back story, I just found out the Phillip saved E1 so as to avoid Mary of Scots and her Frenc...
  • Lesley~aka Ella's Gran
    The middle book in a Trilogy about Queen Elizabeth I when she was a princess. This book begins with Edward VI’s death, as Elizabeth is summoned to his side with the story moving through Jane Grey’s short reign and subsequent imprisonment and execution, and then Elizabeth's own captivity.Though I know the history well enough to follow the characters and story, I would recommend beginning with the first book in the Trilogy, Young Bess.
  • Karen Galber
    Irwin captures Elizabeth as a young girl. We see her as the woman she is about to become. She is politically aware. The book opens when Edward becomes king through the regency of the Duke of Somerset and John Dudley's regencies' through Jane Grey's nine day reign and Mary's reign and ends with Mary's proposed marriage to Philip of Spain. Mary is depicted not as bloody Mary but as a sad old maid and extremely jealous of Elizabeth.
  • Maia B.
    This was much like the first one, only even more confusing because it's unclear what actually happens, except that Mary takes the throne. Elizabeth was not particularly likable in the first book and she's not likable now; there's also a confusing overlap in time between the end of the first book and the beginning of the second book. If the first chapter was a prologue, it would be understandable. Since it's not, it isn't.This is a long, dragging ...
  • Hannah
    This is good, don't get me wrong, it just suffers in comparison to Young Bess because there is a severe lack of dashing Tom Seymour. Though, there is an entrance of dashing Robert Dudley which makes up for it. And also neatly highlights how much older, and wiser and more constrained Elizabeth is becoming. The teenage spark and adoration for Seymour is reworked into her awareness of how dangerous love is.
  • Margaret Chind
    The time period of this novel is fascinating and I do really love the titles in this series. Although the writing from Margaret Irwin is not quite my cup of tea, I felt there was a lot of speaking with out saying anything, but for some they might love it. I definitely would give her another chance, but would not quite call it a favorite.*Thanks to Sourcebooks, Inc for providing a copy for review.*
  • Paula
    This was a book that I received when I was about 12 (a long time ago) and kept to reread. It was one of the first books that I read about Elizabeth Tudor and contributed to my fascination with her. It isn't really a long book, and it covers a brief period after her brother Edward has died, and Mary has become Queen. Of course, most of the dialogue is fiction, but the action is historical.
  • Adrian
    Yup, reading through the trilogy. One book to go. Writing is still good- it makes me sad to see Elizabeth getting colder and harder. I suppose it's a trade for her overwhelming desire to rule England. Still enjoying the series and planning to read the last book.
  • Martha
    This was the second book of the trilogy and was just as good as the first. Elizabeth is waiting to inherit the throne, but is constantly in fear that she could be taken off to the tower at any time depending on the whim of those around her.
  • Elizabeth Hajek
    Was decent, but did not reach it's full potential. The book was hindered by an indecision in who was the main character. It ought to have been Elizabeth, but her stage time was stolen by too many other secondary characters.
  • Jemidar
    Really 4.5 stars.
  • Mary Chambers
    This book included some interesting Historical information about Queen Elizabeth I. It was written in 1948 so it didn't flow like the current historical fiction.
  • Wendy
    Good book
  • Indra
    Excellent historical fiction. The ending is a pure perfection and serves as an introduction to the last book of trilogy.
  • Lili
    Very interesting story of Princess Elizabeth later Eliabeth 1 early life.