YOUNG BESS by Margaret Irwin
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This should have been listed as Fiction (but arrived too late to be read before the Fiction section closed). It is an enchanting book, with better pace and more color than anything Margaret Irwin has done. She has a faculty for breathing life into her historical characters, and this story of Elizabeth, in the years before her succession to the throne was more than a dream, is threaded through with all the excitement of plot and counterplot within the English court, -- first, while Henry VIII yet lived, fascinating and terrible to his second daughter; then, when the boy-king's life was harried by the struggle for power between the Seymour brothers, and Elizabeth's own reputation and life were at stake. Personality after personality emerges from the pages of the story -- and Young Bess, mature beyond her teens, is shown in process of growth, emotional, intellectual -- and in the dark ways of statecraft.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1945
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace