Crown of Blood

Crown of Blood

The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey

Book - 2016
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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 on a cold February morning in 1554. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to the Crown that the axe could fall at any time.While the story of 'the Nine Days Queen' has been told, the human and emotional aspects are often ignored. 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 Protestantism, and who ultimately became a martyr for her faith.This is an important and significant retelling of an often misread tale, examining evidence that has never before been published. Following Lady Jane Grey's journey from the deadly intrigues of her childhood that led inexorably through to her trial and execution, historian Nicola Tallis unravels the grim tapestry of her life along the way.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, [2016]
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781681772448
Branch Call Number: 942.053 GREY TALLIS
Characteristics: xxiv, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, portraits, facsimiles, genealogical tables ; 24 cm


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Oct 29, 2017

Excellent read. This is not a dry history text. History told as it should with narrative and intrigue. If only history was taught this way in schools.

Jul 17, 2017

This book is fascinating. Lady Jane left behind very little direct information relating to herself and Tallis has done a wonderful job in reconstructing based on little available.

Feb 21, 2017

This was a heartbreaking read. Manipulated and exploited either due to ignorance, weakness or design by parents, tutors and politicians, Lady Jane Grey although gifted with intelligence and privilege was destined to suffer and die at an very early age. Her story will lie heavy on my heart. I appreciate the opportunity to learn about her and wonder "Could it happen today?"


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