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Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey | Nicola Tallis
A significant retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Lady Jane Grey's journey through her trial and execution—recalling the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which she became involuntarily tangled, and which ultimately led to a catastrophic conclusion. "Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.” These were the heartbreaking words of a seventeen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Minutes later her head was struck from her body with a single stroke of a heavy axe. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world, and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to a crown that the axe could fall at any time. Jane is known to history as "the Nine Days Queen," but her reign lasted, in fact, for thirteen days. The human and emotional aspects of her story have often been ignored, although she is remembered as one of the Tudor Era’s most tragic victims. While this is doubtlessly true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane’s story. She was a remarkable individual with a charismatic personality who earned the admiration and affection of many of those who knew her. All were impressed by her wit, passion, intelligence, and determined spirit. Furthermore, the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements and her religious faith has, in fact, further obscured the real Jane, a young religious radical who saw herself as an advocate of the reformed faith—Protestantism—and ultimately became a martyr for it. Crown of Blood is an important and significant retelling of an often-misunderstood tale: set at the time of Jane’s downfall and following her journey through to her trial and execution, each chapter moves between the past and the “present,” using a rich abundance of primary source material (some of which has never been published) in order to paint a vivid picture of Jane’s short and turbulent life. This dramatic narrative traces the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which Jane became involuntarily tangled—and which ultimately led to a shocking and catastrophic conclusion.
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Reviewsbylola
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Poor, #sweetJane. Destined to live as queen for only thirteen days before meeting her brutal demise. #lilithjuly

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FerFer
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Enjoyable. I didn‘t learn a great deal that hasn‘t been covered by other books about Queen Jane (I truly don‘t understand why she isn‘t given the title...) but the author introduced a few interpretations that I‘d never considered. For example, I‘ve always accepted the widespread belief that Frances, Jane‘s mother, was cruel and used her daughter, but Tallis introduced evidence that has me rethinking that characterization. Recommend.

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Ardachy
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An excellent biography of Lady Jane Grey. Clearly well researched but written in an enjoyable narrative style. The photo is of Framlingham Castle as that features in the story and is fairly local to me.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! Wow-wow-wow-wow!!! This recently-published biography sounds amazing! Lady Jane Grey--the "Nine Days Queen"--was beheaded at 17 in February, 1554. One of the Tudor Era's most tragic figures, her death sent shockwaves. Her life was a complex jigsaw of intrigue, religious principle, charisma, & immense challenges. Using never-published material, Tallis provides an engaging, insightful telling. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook ?

Claireluana Try My Lady Jane for an alternate (and hilarious) history! 2y
Reviewsbylola Love that cover. 2y
LeahBergen Poor old Jane. 2y
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Mara2
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There's not much new here for diehard Tudor fans, but Tallis does a good job of relating what we know about Jane's story while also identifying the myths that have sprung up around her. My only nitpick is some repetitive phrasing that I think an editor should have caught: for example, in the span of just a few pages we're told repeatedly that Jane's "feelings hadn't mellowed" towards someone despite his looming execution. A little variety, please!

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littlelibrarian
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This came in at my library this week and the jacket copy was very intriguing.

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