The Girl Who Would Be Queen
A classic of historical fiction, Young Bess was first published in 1944 and made into a film starring Jean Simmons in 1953. It tells the story of the young Princess Elizabeth, declared a bastard and banished from her father's court, yet facing even greater challenges after Henry VIII's death.
Before the History You Know... A Novel of Louis XIV
Set in the French court at Fontainebleau, Karleen Koen's meticulously researched novel imagines the young Louis XIV in 1661, about to take control of France on the death of Cardinal Mazarin, and falling in love with the wrong woman.
Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain
In the third of her Elizabethan novels, Margaret Irwin (1889–1967) introduces Philip, Mary Tudor's unwilling bridegroom, who is intrigued by young Princess Elizabeth. As sister to the queen, Elizabeth must walk the razor-thin line between Mary's jealousy and Philip's ardour.