We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins on tour today.
The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins is published by Orion and available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.
1657. The youngest daughter of Oliver Cromwell, eighteen-year-old Frances is finding her place at England’s new centre of power.
Following the turmoil of Civil War, a fragile sense of stability has returned to the country. Her father has risen to the unprecedented position of Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, and Frances has found herself transported from her humble childhood home to the sumptuous palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall, where she dreams of romance.
But after an assassination attempt on the Cromwell family, Frances realises the precarious danger of her position – and when her father is officially offered the crown, Frances’ fate becomes a matter of diplomatic and dynastic importance.
Trapped in the web of court intrigue, Frances must make a choice. Allow herself to be a political pawn, or use her new status to take control – of her own future, and of her country’s…
I absolutely loved reading this book, which focuses on the period of time after the English Civil War during the 1650s, when Oliver Cromwell was ruler of the British Isles.
The story is told through the eyes of Frances, Cromwell’s youngest daughter. Through her we learn about the rise of the Cromwell family to prominence and the perks and pitfalls that come with being the daughter of the Lord Protector. We love, laugh and cry alongside Frances as the book is also a love story cantering on Frances’ relationship with Robert Rich.
We learn also about all the members of the Cromwell family and their journey from humble beginnings to the height of power is fascinating and I was hooked from start to finish.
Having had little prior knowledge of this period in history, I found the way the author writes through the voice of Frances to be highly engaging. She balances the potentially heavy historical references by writing in a relatable and friendly way which meant I learnt a lot about the period and really got a sense of what life would have been like. It has left me wanting to read more books in this genre and indeed, by the author!
Miranda is a writer and historian specialising in the history of Oliver Cromwell, his family and the politics of the Interregnum period following the Civil Wars. She studied at Cambridge University, leaving with a PhD, and continues to speak at conferences and publish journal articles and book reviews. She is also a Trustee of the Cromwell Association. Alongside this, Miranda works as a commercial solicitor in the City and began writing historical novels on maternity leave. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, young son and cat, Keats. The Puritan Princess is her debut novel. Twitter: @MirandaMalins