The Irish Princess by Karen Harper allows the reader to get a sidelines’ view of King Henry VIII’s world through the eyes of a young Irish rebel, who only has sights set on revenge against the most powerful man in England.
For historical fans of the Tudor age, this book is a welcome addition. Although the book is about Gera, her life is defined by what happened in King Henry’s life. As devastating as it turned out to be for each Queen, this book showed how life could be flipped upside down, for everyone, with the changing of each new wife.
It didn’t get much easier for Gera with the transition of power from Edward to Mary and finally Elizabeth but the author gave her character, Gera, a significant role in their ascensions to power. Gera has a touch of the “luck of the Irish” to play a pivotal role in all the major changes to England, which allows the readers to sit back and enjoy the tale.
At the end of the book, there is an excellent interview and questions for discussion. I was delighted to discover that this book was based on the embellished life of a real Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Karen did an excellent job of sprinkling in historical facts into this woman’s journey to avenge her family and find her place in life while navigating the scandalous world of King Henry Royal Court.
A grand-scale historical novel from the national bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare.
Born into a first family of Ireland, with royal ties on both sides, Elizabeth Fitzgerald-known as Gera-finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, the Earl of Kildare, and brutally destroys her family. Torn from the home she loves, her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in England's glittering royal court. There she must navigate ever-shifting alliances even as she nurtures her secret desire for revenge. From County Kildare's lush green fields to London's rough-and-tumble streets and the royal court's luxurious pageantry, The Irish Princess follows the journey of a daring woman whose will cannot be tamed, and who won't be satisfied until she restores her family to its rightful place in Ireland.