Title: Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain (book 3 of the Elizabeth I Trilogy)
Author: Margaret Irwin
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Format: Trade Paperback
Release Date: April 2011
How I Read It: Trade Paperback ARC from publisher
Rating: 4.5 Crowns
Philip, prince of Spain, the unwilling bridegroom of Queen Mary, has been warned about the queen’s half sister, Elizabeth. According to all reports, she is a heretic, a rebel, and a potential enemy, and had a “spirit full of enchantment.” Philip is immediately intrigued. Idolized by his aging wife, Philip holds the power to save the young princess, who has been accused of treachery by Mary and is under threat of death. The brilliant Elizabeth must walk the razor-thin line between Bloody Mary’s jealousy and Philip’s uneasy ardor.
(from the publishers)
Originally published in 1946, Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain brings Margaret Irwin’s Elizabeth I Trilogy to a brilliant close. Being first published in 1946, this books holds a different feel than the books published today, yet it also holds a timelessness to it that makes the reader fall in love with the writing style. Having read the first two books, I have to say that the third is my favorite. Although while the book is supposed to be centered on Elizabeth, I felt that it showed more of Philip than it did Elizabeth.
This was a grand read with a brilliant tone that I highly recommend.
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