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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leanda de Lisle Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born into aristocracy, the Grey sisters were the great-granddaughters of Henry VII, grandnieces to Henry VIII, legitimate successors to the English throne, and rivals to Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. Lady Jane, the eldest, was thrust center stage by uncompromising religious politics when she briefly succeeded Henry’s son, the young Edward VI. Dubbed “the Nine Days Queen” after her short, tragic reign from the Tower of London, Jane has over the centuries earned a special place in the affections of the English people as an abused child and a “queen of the public heart.” But as Leanda de Lisle reveals, Jane was actually more rebel than victim, more leader than pawn, and Mary and Katherine Grey would have to tread carefully in order to avoid sharing their elder sister’s violent fate.

Navigating the politics of the Tudor court after Jane’s death was a precarious challenge. Katherine Grey earned the trust of Mary I, only to risk her future with a love marriage that threatened Queen Elizabeth’s throne. Mary Grey, considered too petite and plain to be significant, looked for her own escape from the burden of her royal blood—an impossible task after she followed her heart and also incurred the queen’s envy, fear, and wrath.

Exploding the many myths of Lady Jane Grey’s life, unearthing the details of Katherine’s and Mary’s dramatic stories, and casting new light on Elizabeth’s reign, de Lisle gives voice and resonance to the lives of the Greys and offers perspective on their place in history and on a time when a royal marriage could gain you a kingdom or cost you everything.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kurt | 2/1/2014

    " Great history! Goes on long after Lady Jane is dethroned and beheaded by Mary. I had no idea who Katherine and Mary were, or that they ever had any claim to the English throne. Fascinating book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tara Blumberg | 2/1/2014

    " I love how the author told it true. I liked that she didn't completely victimize Lady Jane Grey. All women including Queen Elizabeth were victims of there time. Lady Jane Grey wasn't as innocent as she is portrayed in other books and movies. Great read. Though it was a historic book it read like a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Grace | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this, mainly as an antidote to Alison Weir. I read it alongside her book covering much of the same time period/many of the same events, and the conclusions were very different. This book treats they Grey sisters much more as actors in the events in which they were crucial and much less as subjects. I suspect the truth is somewhere in between, but this was still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle Huggins-boyea | 1/18/2014

    " Slow in parts but still quite informative. "

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