Young Elizabeth Tudor lives in the shadow of her infamous mother, Anne Boleyn. Declared a bastard and banished from her father’s court, young princess Elizabeth has become adept at dodging the constant political games and royal whims that ensure her situation is never secure.

After Henry VIII’s death, Elizabeth is taken in by the king’s last wife, Katherine Parr, and Katherine’s new husband, Tom Seymour. But handsome Tom is playing for higher stakes. Marrying a widowed queen is one thing, but courting the King’s daughter and second in line to the throne is another. Seymor pursues the adolescent Elizabeth, as she finds herself dangerously attracted to him. And with her brother’s death, Elizabeth faces a perilous and uncertain future with danger encroaching from all sides…


Young Bess is an exquisitely captivating look into the life of the young Princess Elizabeth.

From the first few pages of Young Bess it immediately becomes apparent that this is not a contemporary novel – I’ve never read historical fiction like this from a modern author. Readers are plunged into an intricate cast of characters from nobility through to tutors, governesses, and whipping boys. Irwin clearly delights in the nuances of the not-yet stabilized English language of the 1500s, and is quick to include quotations from period songs, poetry, and selections of actual correspondence between the historical characters as appropriate.

Though I don’t know much about the Tudor era but I find books about this time period fascinating. This was a nice change from all the other books that are currently out about Queen Anne and Kind Henry VII. Young Bess, is the first book in the Elizabeth I trilogy, I can’t wait to continue with the rest of Irwin’s work.

 Young Bess is a must read for fans of the Tudors and as well as historical fiction lovers… I highly recommend this book.
Thanks Danielle and Sourcebooks for this wonderful read and the opportunity to review..