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“Vivid and psychologically brilliant. This spirited novel enriches the imagination.”—Times Literary Supplement, UK

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…

“I doubt if anyone could create more perfectly than Miss Irwin the illusion of a vanished age.” —Observer

“Margaret Irwin’s books have an unsurpassed colour and gusto.” —Times

What readers are saying:

“One of the best-written and most evocative historical novels ever.”

“I adored this book from start to finish.”

“Her prose is beautiful, perfect, and strangely evocative.”

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Customer Reviews

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Heyer is head & tails above Austen

From her first novel, the Black Moth to her last, My Lord John, Georgette Heyer used intellect, wit and Excellent Research to paint pictures of a world gone by. On opening any of her novels or short stories, one is drawn into a different place, one of romance, mystery or intrigue. Her writings will make you laugh out loud, or sniff into your tissue. You won't be bored. She is indeed, the Creator & Grand Dame of the Regency genre.

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