Virgin: Prelude to the Throne

Virgin: Prelude to the Throne

Robin Maxwell / Dec 10, 2019

Virgin Prelude to the Throne a riveting portrait of Elizabeth I as a romantic andvulnerable teenager dangerously awakening to a perilousliaison with the wrong man England King Henry is dead Elizabeth s half brother nine y

  • Title: Virgin: Prelude to the Throne
  • Author: Robin Maxwell
  • ISBN: 9780743204859
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • a riveting portrait of Elizabeth I as a romantic andvulnerable teenager, dangerously awakening to a perilousliaison with the wrong man.England, 1547 King Henry is dead Elizabeth s half brother, nine year old Edward, is king in name only Thomas Seymour, brother to the ambitious duke who has seized power in this time of crisis, calculatingly works his way into Elizabeta riveting portrait of Elizabeth I as a romantic andvulnerable teenager, dangerously awakening to a perilousliaison with the wrong man.England, 1547 King Henry is dead Elizabeth s half brother, nine year old Edward, is king in name only Thomas Seymour, brother to the ambitious duke who has seized power in this time of crisis, calculatingly works his way into Elizabeth s home in genteel Chelsea House He marries Henry s widow, Catherine Parr, and uses his venerable charms and sexual magnetism to indulge his infatuation for young Elizabeth Caught hopelessly under Thomas Seymour s spell, surrounded by kind friends and hidden enemies, Elizabeth can only follow her heart to ensure survival.

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      • Robin Maxwell

        Robin Maxwell began writing novels about the historical figures she had been obsessing about since graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Occupational Therapy Her first novel, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, now in its 24th printing, won two YA awards and has been translated into fourteen languages The Wild Irish an epic tale of Ireland s rebel queen, Grace O Malley closed out her Elizabethan Quartet, and is now in development for a television series Signora Da Vinci and Jane The Woman Who loved Tarzan are tales of the remarkable women behind two of the world s most beloved wildmen Maestro Leonardo and Lord Greystoke She has jumped genres again with ATLANTOS, now a 1 Bestseller Robin lives with her husband of thirty five years, Max Thomas, at High Desert Eden, a wildlife sanctuary in the Mojave Desert.


    1. I loved this story of historic fiction. I have recently become a huge Tudor obsessive and Robin Maxwell is my favorite author in the fictionalized versions. This book covers a fairly short period of time, from the death of Henry VIII to the execution of Thomas Seymour. and it mostly concentrates on Princess Elizabeth and her relationship with Seymour. There is much angst and confusion in the life of the poor Princess.

    2. I have for a while now, been fascinated by the early years of Elizabeth I. What created this great woman who was one of the greatest rulers of England ever, the queen who refused to marry though her suitors included some of the most powerful monarchs of Europe at the time.It has been theorized, that the Elizabeth, whose mother was branded a whore and executed when Elizabeth was only three years old, and a few years later a similar fate meted out to her young stepmother Katherine Howard, never ma [...]

    3. If you're a follower of my blog, then surely you know that of all English monarchs, Elizabeth I is in No way my favouriteSorry- but that's just the way it is. There's just something cold, calculating and non-feeling about her- for me.t, I keep reading more and more books on her. There's something intriguing about her that's for sure. Or maybe, I just won't allow myself to believe that what you see is what you get-- and nothing so far has really moved me to change my opinion of herUntil Virgin: P [...]

    4. The historical part of this story is not very believable I give a 2 however the enjoyment factor ofthe story I give a 4 making it a 3.? I enjoyed it but did not believe it. I learned long ago to seperate the two because I'm not a historical scholor nor a literary snob but I "like what I like" and my historical FICTION does not have to be always spot on accurate I'm smart enough not to believe anything that is in the FICTION realm. Some authors should not call themselves historians however! I'm n [...]

    5. The title's a bit melodramatic, but this book was pretty good. It's about Elizabeth I, covering her dangerous infatuation/flirtation with Thomas Seymour. Elizabeth was in her early teens at the time, but was very intelligent and astute. However, she still fell into the snare of Seymour, a cold, ambitious, manipulative, yet overwhelmingly charismatic man.Maxwell does a great job with portraying the ambitions of the Tudor nobility and the courtly intrigue they engaged in. She's also terrific at ma [...]

    6. I usually love historical fiction, especially about the Tudors, but this was poorly written and the characters were unbelievable. The random jumping of point of view also contributed to the lackluster reading experience. Sad that such an interesting story was told so poorly

    7. Interesting novel looking at Elizabeth's life when she was living with Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour, and the period after Catherine's death leading up to Thomas' execution.Well written and researched. It all hangs together plausibly. A good read for any fan of Elizabethan fiction.

    8. Maxwell touts this as a part of Elizabeth history that has been largely ignored until now. Not sure I agree with that as this was not a new story for me. It is interesting take on some of the events when Elizabeth was residing with her step mother and Tom Seymour.

    9. I have a Tudor bug now, it seems, and have been picking at the books dealing with that era in my TBR pile. Today's selection, Robin Maxwell's novel Virgin: Prelude to the Throne, is a rather short and somewhat overblown novel dealing with a rather short period of Elizabeth Tudor's life - the two years following her father's death. What is historical record is that Thomas Seymour, one of the uncles of the young king Edward VI, secretly married the Dowager Queen, Catherine Parr, within a few month [...]

    10. As a Tudor fiction and history nerd it's kind if a hobby for me to explore authors and see different interpretations of the same historic facts. One thing is sure about these facts: they never change. What can change is people's views, understanding, interpretations and I find it super fun to see how much the author's imagination dares to alter the facts and make the story different. The challenge in my opinion is to succeed to tell the truth while at the same time make it irresistably interesti [...]

    11. Set early in the life of Elizabeth, Daughter of the Great Henry VIII, this is a part fictionalised version of her life and the scheming that she gets involved in. She is still only 15 by the book's end, so we dont see the woman who eventually ascends the throne to rule in an almost manly fashion for over 40 years. She is in fact young and immature, and infatuated with her step mother's plotting new husband.[return][return]I did find the book a little too modern in some of the language that the c [...]

    12. Usually it does not take me this long to read a 230-odd page book! I guess it was because it was a slow starter. (That and I was rereading "Breaking Dawn"!). But a lil over halfway through the pace picked up and boom done. This book takes us back to Elizabeth I as a teenager, after her father's death. Her 10 year old brother, Edward, is now King, his uncle Edward Seymour, his Protector. She lives with her stepmother, Catherine Parr, who shortly marries Thomas Seymour, King Edward's other uncle a [...]

    13. A BIG disappointment after "The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn". This is the story of a 13-year-old Elizabeth, a queen to be that would someday lead England to its Golden Age. And yet, she was portrayed as a love-struck teenager, caught in having a crush with her stepmother's lover. There is much much much more to a young Elizabeth. What about her imprisonment in the Tower, her friendship with Robert Dudley, her yearn of love from her long lost parents? There are more better issues to be addressed [...]

    14. Este livro relata-nos a vida de Isabel, logo após a morte de seu pai - Henrique VIII. Isabel fica a viver com a sua madrasta, Catarina Parr, que sempre desmonstrou carinho por Isabel, tendo mesmo convencido Henrique a voltar a legitimar Isabel e a sua irmã Maria; mesmo após esta ter casado com Thomas Seymour.No entanto, Seymour tenta seduzir a jovem ISabel, que ingenuamente se apaixona por este.Paralelamente, assistimos às movimentações de Thomas, que movido pela sua sede de poder, tenta t [...]

    15. The Virgin ElizabethVery good story telling. There are a few places that diverge from the historical evidence and general character of the folks involved but that is why this is fiction and this didn't have any baring on my overall rating. The main reason for taking off a star is that parts of the book were slow and there are some jarring transitions from character perspectives. I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. It should be kept in mind that th [...]

    16. I'm in the midst of reading "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel and sort of appreciate the diversion in Virgin. It was a perfect vacation book, and achieved the central goal I have in any historical fiction: to imagine the frame of reference and the constraints in which historical figures operated to better appreciate the outcomes. On the one hand, I've new heightened sense for how shamelessly political royal and noble families were (especially with respect to pimping their children for their own gains [...]

    17. A good readWritten mostly about the time the Princess Elizabeth lived with her Stepmother, the Dowager Queen, Catherine Parre last wife of Henry VIII (after his death and during the reign of Edward, her brother). It also dealt with the relationship between the Princess and the Lord High Admiral, Thomas Seymour. Although the author tried to stay close to history, there is very little known about the true relationship of Seymour and the Princess. This is probably the first time that Elizabeth had [...]

    18. So, I borrowed this book from a friend a really long time ago. I've been feeling guilty from time to time, but it wasn't a big deal. However, a couple of days ago I felt like reading something Anne Boleyn relate, so I picked this up. I don't deny that it was very interesting and that I was hooked for that night, I read a hundred pages but after that I was only able to read while I was travelling. "Mademoiselle Boleyn" is my favourite Robin Maxwell book (and Anne Boleyn related as well), so after [...]

    19. I liked this book. It was a good little historical fiction synapses of Elizabeth's teenage years. I enjoyed how the story was told mainly between Princess Elizabeth, Catherine Parr, and a little bit of Thomas Seymour. It is a very easy read. Nothing to really complain about and nothing to really brag about.

    20. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and fun to read. Robin Maxwell does a great job of being historically accurate where possible. When there are no details known, only historical rumors, Maxwell makes assumptions based on facts. I don't agree with all of the leaps she made, but it is interesting. A very fun historical fiction.

    21. This is a great, and quick, story of a small period of Queen Elizabeth's life. This targeted view shows her as a young "teenager" who makes mistakes in life and learns from those mistakes, instead of the uptight never faltering women she becomes.A great story of learning to forgive and make amends with oneself.

    22. This book was well-written and possibly one of the best portrayals of the relationship between Princesss Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour. It had some slow moments, but it also did justice to the characters portrayed in the novel. A great read for anyone interested in historical fiction.

    23. I've read another of Maxwell's books, The Wild Irish and greatly loved the writing and story of that book. I wasn't as impressed with this one. But it's an enjoyable book for anyone who is into Elizabethan history.

    24. This book describes the two year period of Elizabeth Tudor's teenage years in which she is involved with Thomas Seymour. I enjoyed the author's take on the events, including some of her 'guesses' as to what might have happened during this episode, which is not well documented historically.

    25. Loved this one! Yes, liberties were taken as this is historical FICTION, but I found it refreshing and fascinating to read about what could have been. This period of Elizabeth's life is frequently ignoredank you, Robin Maxwell, for filling in the blanks!

    26. This book is a sequel to 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. This book is about Queen Elizabeth who is the daughter of Mary Boleyn and King Henry and her rise to power. The author is a great writer and it was a very interesting read.

    27. I enjoyed the read. I love Tudor history. However, this was about Queen Elizabeth as a teenager and I was really hoping it was about her reign. It was still an engaging read. I plan to read more Robin Maxwell.

    28. Having read Philippa Gregory's, The Virgin's Lover, this was a good look at Elizabeth prior to that time. Interesting to "get to know" the girl who would one day be one of England's finest monarchs. Simply love these historical novels.

    29. Rating of "Virgin Elizabeth:A Novel"This rating was chosen for this author as a lot of the material has been written or covered by other authors. A tale that is smoothly written ,easy to read and comprehend. For anyone looking to read about the Queen Elizabeth's Life.

    30. Very intriguing recreation of what could have happened in the two years after Henry 8th's death. Building on the rumours and absence of commentary in the official record of the day. I quite liked it.Finished Nov 30th

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