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Margaret Irwin

Margaret Irwin

Irwin was born in London, England, and educated at Clifton High School in Bristol, and at Oxford University. She began writing books and short stories in the early 1920s. She married children’s author and illustrator John Robert Monsell in 1929,

Her novels were esteemed for the accuracy of their historical research, and she became a noted authority on the Elizabethan and early Stewart era.  One of her novels, YOUNG BESS, about the early years of Queen Elizabeth 1, was made into a movie starring Jean Simmonds.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

General Fiction
Still She Wished for Company (1924)
These Mortals (1925)
Knock Four Times (1927)
Fire Down Below (1928)
Royal Flush (1932)
The Stranger Prince: The Story of Rupert of the Rhine (1938)
The Bride: The Story of Louise And Montrose (1939)
The Gay Galliard: The Story of Mary Queen of Scots (1941) Later published as The Galliard.
Royal Flush: The Story of Minette (1948)
The Proud Servant: A Story of Montrose (1949)
The Heart’s Memory (1951)
Hidden Splendour (1952)
None So Pretty: Or, the Story of Mr. Cork (1953)

Queen Elizabeth Trilogy
Young Bess (1944)
Elizabeth, Captive Princess (1948)
Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain (1953)

Short Stories
Bloodstock and Other Stories (1953)

Biography
That Great Lucifer: A Portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh (1960)

 

 

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Margaret Irwin
 

ELIZABETH AND THE PRINCE OF SPAIN

 

Philip of Spain, unwilling bridegroom of Queen Mary, has been warned that her half-sister, the young Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, was a heretic, a rebel and a potential enemy with ‘a spirit full of enchantment’. Running the gauntlet between Bloody Mary’s jealousy and morbid outbursts of hate, and Philip’s uneasy ardour, the young Elizabeth warily advances towards her destiny.

 

PUBLICATION DATE: 28th January 2008

UK PUBLISHER: ALLISON & BUSBY

ISBN CODE: 9780749080860

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ELIZABETH, CAPTIVE PRINCESS

 

 

July, 1553. Sibling rivalry has never been more tumultuous and perilous than between the daughters of King Henry VIII. Queen Mary Tudor has just won possession of the throne, but her younger half-sister – the beautiful and vivacious Princess Elizabeth – holds the hearts of the people. Knowing this, Mary banishes her sibling to a country retreat, determined to keep her as far away from court life and any powerful supporters she has there as possible. But Mary’s health is fading fast and her power beginning to crumble. The people of England are crying out for a new monarch and it seems, at last, they may have their wish and crown their beloved Bess as queen? But Mary refuses to relinquish the throne, determined to rule to the absolute end as her father did before her. In a final show of strength, Mary orders Elizabeth’s imprisonment in the Tower of London, there to await her execution. In these treacherous times, when all about her there is secrecy and deception, Elizabeth must rely on her faith and courage if she is to survive her ordeal and rise to fulfil her destiny.

 

PUBLICATION DATE: 26th November 2007

UK PUBLISHER: ALLISON & BUSBY

ISBN CODE: 9780749080563

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THE ELIZABETH TRILOGY


A single collection of the three Elizabeth novels, by Margaret Irwin: Young Bess, Elizabeth, Captive Princess and Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain.


Margaret Irwin beautifully recreates the life of the vivacious Princess Elizabeth, the girl who will one day be Queen. But Elizabeth`s path to power is fraught with danger: from the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, through her troubled childhood in the court of the venal and unpredictable Henry VIII and the religious terror of “Bloody Mary”, she must struggle against all odds just to survive…


Psychologically rich, meticulously researched and delightfully realized, the Elizabeth trilogy is an unmissable classic of the historical genre.



PUBLICATION DATE: 27th October 2008

UK PUBLISHER: ALLISON & BUSBY

ISBN CODE: 9780749079826

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THE GALLIARD



The young and trusting Mary, Queen of Scots, is sailing home to her kingdom after years in exile. The danger from her cousin, the English Queen, has not lessened since then. Religious divides threaten to tear the nation apart and, across the border, Elizabeth.Amid the furious turmoil and uncertainty in her Scottish kingdom, Mary finds she has one loyal servant – James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, a ‘glorious, rash and hazardous young man’ known to all as the Galliard. In Bothwell’s courage and love for her, Mary finds serenity, and though fate works against them, no force can conquer their spirit.This stunning novel from the acclaimed author of Young Bess breathes new life into the little-known story of the great love of Mary, Queen of Scots.


PUBLICATION DATE: 24th March 2008

UK PUBLISHER: ALLISON & BUSBY

ISBN CODE: 9780749080730

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YOUNG BESS

 

The first in Margaret Irwin’s great trilogy of novels about the life of ‘Good Queen Bess’ begins with her childhood, the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, banishment from her father’s Court and restoration by Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr. After the king’s death Katherine marries Tom Seymour but he seeks higher stakes: the king’s daughter, second in line to the throne, is a great attraction and the adolescent Elizabeth finds herself dangerously beguiled.

PUBLICATION DATE: 27th August 2007
UK PUBLISHER: ALLISON & BUSBY
ISBN CODE: 9780749080211
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STILL SHE WISHED FOR COMPANY

 

The story moves between the 1920s and the 1770s, following two heroines: 20th century Jan Challard, a London girl, and 18th century Juliana Clare, the youngest daughter of an aristocratic Berkshire family. Jan is independent and spirited, but leads a humdrum life, working in an office, and walks out with a very suitable young man. Juliana, at 17 years of age, is getting the upbringing of a young lady in the enormous family mansion, Chidleigh, and her life is devoid of excitement and event.The two heroines can see one another from time to time, momentarily, through some rent in the fabric of time, but never manage to meet and interact. Their lives converge as Juliana’s world is turned upside down; her father dies and her notoriously wicked and mysterious brother, Lucian Clare, returns to take his position as head of the family.Lucian recognizes a supernatural power in Juliana, and uses this to reach out to Jan through the ages.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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KNOCK FOUR TIMES

 

This, unlike most of Margaret Irwin’s books, is not an historical novel. It is a peep-show at recent times, so fantastically gay that this, our London, appears as the iridescent scene of a pantomime or holiday charade. What happened behind the door at which one had to knock four times? Many wildly incongruous happenings, but chiefly an attack on other doors, the ‘everlasting doors’ of Prince’s Gate, Queen’s Gate, Emperor’s Gate, to make them open wide to the rash young adventurer Dicky who had once gatecrashed them, but was resolved to ‘spurn Kensington, march on Mayfair,’ and conquer both the New World and the Old. How Dicky fought his way to fortune, and how Celia fought hers to freedom from behind the Gates of Kensington, by knocking four times on Dicky’s door, is told in this story, which dances along as irresponsibly as a soap bubble against its brilliantly realized background, shading from the raffish to the respectable. For all its laughter and absurd situations, it is marked with the humorous sympathy and integrity that have distinguished all Margaret Irwin’s work.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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ROYAL FLUSH

 

This is not an historical novel in the ordinary sense. It is something new: the life of an actual royal family, whose story is so rich and varied that it falls naturally into the form of a modern novel. The heroine is Princess Henrietta of England, known to family as Minette. She is the Duchess of Orleans, and linked dramatically to the fate of her brother, Charles II, and that of her cousin, Louis XIV.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 21st January 2013

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THE BRIDE

 

The story of the romance between the Marquis of Montrose, the soldier-poet who fought so magnificently for Charles I, and the enchanting, wayward Princess Louise, sister of Rupert of the Rhine.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 21st February 2013

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BLOODSTOCK AND OTHER STORIES

 

The first five stories in this collection are stories from Ireland, exploring the dark history of the country and the dogged optimism of its people. The following four tales are of the uncanny – striking studies of witchcraft and black magic, evoking a strange haunting atmosphere illustrating the power of evil and its effect on the imagination. ‘Mrs. Oliver Cromwell’ is a revealing glimpse of the Lord Protector through the eyes of his homely unassuming wife, unhappy in the unaccustomed grandeur thrust upon her by circumstances.The last story ‘Where beauty lies’ is an eighteenth century frolic over a nobleman’s choice of bride.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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