Elizabeth, Captive Princess: Two Sisters, One Throne, is the second installment in Margaret Irwin’s famed Elizabeth I trilogy. Irwin’s tale begins in July 1553, immediately following the death of Elizabeth’s sickly brother, King Edward. Edward, upon his deathbed, named cousin Lady Jane Grey his successor in hopes of keeping the monarchy in the capable hands of the members of the Protestant faith. But soon, his sister Mary takes the throne for her own, beheading Jane in the process. Suddenly Elizabeth, perceived as a great threat to her half-sister, is imprisoned.
In the midst of her political troubles, Elizabeth must combat the urge to become involved in romantic entanglements that could destroy her life and right to the throne. Known in her later life as the “Virgin Queen”, it is both strange and exciting that Irwin’s tale often finds Elizabeth in the midst of flirtacious conversation and sometimes intimate interludes with assorted men. The young woman, however, never seems to give in to the temptation, keeping her future as Queen at the forefront of her mind.
Though we all certainly know how the story turns out, Margaret Irwin provides an often unexplored perspective of the life of the young woman who would one day become England’s most well-known Queen. Irwin’s concept of the language, customs and everyday details of the period are unparalleled. While a little slow at some points, this novel certainly delivers a vivid depiction of the period.
Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Marketing professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog, Morning Cup With Meg.
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