The Princeling, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


1558: Elizabeth I is on the throne, though still challenged by Mary, and her Protestant faith threatens the Catholic Morland family.

The reign of Elizabeth I means that the Morlands must seek new spheres of influence to restore their fortunes.

John, heir to Morland Place, rides north to wed the daughter of Black Will Percy, the Borders cattle lord, and learns that the way to win her heart is through blood and battle. His gentle sister, Lettice, has also travelled north to marry the ruthless Scottish baron, Lord Robert Hamilton, and in the treacherous court of Mary, Queen of Scots, she has to learn the bleak and bitter lessons of survival.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, genealogy tab plans
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Historical romance
  • ISBN: 9780751506402



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The Princeling is the third book in the Morland Dynasty. In this book, the story moves away from Morland Place for a while, as John Morland moves north to marry Mary Percy, and his sister Lettice marries a Scottish lord, Robert Hamilton. The sins of the previous generation come back to haunt the younger, as Jan Chapham learns secrets about his past. Sence the novel covers fifty years of history, all of them eventful, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles has a lot of ground to cover. At times it seems as though it’s too much; the story jumps from event to event, sometimes skimming over the family’s story in favor of touching on the major historical events of the period. But the story of the Morland family is still addictive, as ever, and it was interesting to me to see how the family interacted

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Or, The One Where Everyone Dies. Seriously! If a character is too beautiful/happy/accomplished/good to be true, then chances are they won't survive to the end of the novel. And the child mortality rate is through the roof, even for Elizabethan times. Fever, plague, mothers dying in childbed (and women generally being worn out, after averaging roughly a pregancy a year), and even a murder claim the lives of Morlands young and old in this third instalment. I despaired of there being enough family members left to continue the series by the time Nanette finally succumbed to old age, but continued inter-marrying and a few successful births bode well for the future.Death and decimation aside, I didn't really feel there was much of a story to <i>The Princeling</i>, more a series of births, deaths and marriages running alongside the factious reign of Good Queen Bess. Nanette lives on, trying to hold the family together, but there isn't really a central character for this novel, like Eleanor in the first book, and Nanette of course in <i>The Dark Rose</i>. The 'Princeling' of the title refers to John Morland's warrior bride, Mary Percy, but their isolated and intense relationship wasn't very convincing or sympathetic. The only emotion stirred in me by that thread of the narrative was tears at the death of a beloved dog! Other domestic dramas included Lettice's turbulent marriage to a cruel-hearted Scottish baron, William running off to become an actor, and Nanette's adopted son finding out the truth of his parentage. Despite the lack of family tree with the Kindle edition - a necessary guide when reading the Morland novels - I did get to know the new generation of characters, and was able to lose myself in the story, which is Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' great skill, I think. This family, and the tangled web of cousins marrying cousins, starting new lives and mourning the loss of countless others, really draws the reader in. Not only do the personal lives of the Morlands matter, but history starts to make sense, too - here, Nanette returns to Court, to serve Queen Elizabeth, and the family is divided on the matter of the old religion and the new, enforced Protestant faith.I'm hooked, and I have already downloaded number four, <i>The Oak Apple</i> - I only hope that there is a family tree attached and far less typos in the next novel!

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