The Puritan Princess
Author: Miranda Malins (Homerton 2003)
Publisher: Orion Fiction
The Puritan Princess is the debut novel by historian Miranda Malins and is based largely on her PhD research at Cambridge. The book tells the story of Oliver Cromwell's youngest daughter Frances whose life is transformed by her father's unparalleled rise from tenant farmer to head of state. When Oliver becomes Lord Protector in 1653, the teenage Frances moves into the sumptuous royal palaces of Whitehall and Hampton Court and is plunged into the glamour and intrigue of court life. Then when her father is officially offered the crown, Frances's fate suddenly assumes diplomatic and dynastic importance. The novel recounts her search for love and fulfilment in the turbulent, and ultimately tragic, final years of the Protectorate before the Restoration of King Charles II. A prequel, charting Cromwell's rise through the Civil Wars of the 1640s seen through the eyes of his oldest daughter Bridget, will be published in 2021.
"This engaging novel brings one of the most momentous but least well known periods of English history vividly to life." (Carolyn Kirby, author of 'The Conviction of Cora Burns')