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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: October 2009 ISBN: 9781400183661
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • De Lisle has produced an excellent, assiduously researched account of dynastic politics at its worst, focusing on three fascinating and often overlooked women. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Michelle Huggins-boyea | 1/18/2014

    " Slow in parts but still quite informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Ellis | 1/11/2014

    " This book looks at the lives of Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey - Henry VIII's great nieces and potential heirs to the throne. Like a lot of biographies of women prior to modern times, it is difficult to get a clear picture of these women. Their lives have to be told through the lives of others. In other words, this is a history of the Tudor period from the perspective of the Grey sisters. The author has an unsusal take on Elizabeth I and her Secretary of State William Cecil. Anyone interested in the Tudor period will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manitowoc Public Library | 1/10/2014

    " What I liked about this book is that it was clear, to the point, and it made sure that it connected the events to the outcomes that we can see now due to hindsight. I also liked how the author pointed out misconceptions and remained free of bias. This book was well researched, pretty well written, and very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 12/23/2013

    " Love this time in history so I found this book fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herb | 9/26/2013

    " This is a very interesting and well-researched book. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/25/2013

    " Great to find out lots more about the Grey sisters who after all descended from Henry VIII's youngest sister Mary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Page | 12/20/2012

    " Reading this book filled in so many gaps. Very interesting. Reads like a novel, but is well researced non fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/1/2012

    " Loved it- even this Lady Jane Grey geek learnt some new things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayla Bassham | 9/8/2012

    " Really a must-read for Tudor history buffs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Éowyn | 6/10/2012

    " Interesting and well written, this is a fresh look at the so-called Nine Days Queen, Lady Jane Grey, and her younger sisters, Katherine & Mary. It was clear that the author had done plenty of in-depth research and her telling of the story was entirely credible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cscmarshall | 5/6/2012

    " This was a great read - I burned through it in one night and one morning! Excellent for anyone interested in English history, Queen Elizabeth or the Tudors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/5/2012

    " Very factual - interesting story but got lost in the names and family trees! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maree | 6/20/2011

    " I liked this book--it was interesting to see all of the crazy politics at work in King Henry III's time. It was fairly in depth--not a light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennybeast | 6/12/2011

    " Extremely interesting book about Lady Jane Grey and her sisters. Did even know she had sisters? Theirs is a fascinating and tragic story, but also a completey different side of the Tudor dynastic struggle than I've ever heard before. Very engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Éowyn | 5/2/2011

    " Interesting and well written, this is a fresh look at the so-called Nine Days Queen, Lady Jane Grey, and her younger sisters, Katherine & Mary. It was clear that the author had done plenty of in-depth research and her telling of the story was entirely credible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 4/25/2011

    " Very readable history of the Grey sisters. She provides an intriguing perspective on the mythology of later historians regarding Jane Grey's meekness and Frances Brandon's brutishness. Used many contemporary sources but put the footnotes at the end which makes them hard to use while reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/12/2011

    " Very factual - interesting story but got lost in the names and family trees! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maree | 2/11/2011

    " I liked this book--it was interesting to see all of the crazy politics at work in King Henry III's time. It was fairly in depth--not a light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/19/2011

    " Fanfuckingtastic! That's all for now until I can find the time to write something more descriptive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayla | 12/8/2010

    " Really a must-read for Tudor history buffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/9/2010

    " A great book about the Grey sisters, smashing many of the myths about the girls and their family life. Totally worth the read… a sad, touching story all the way around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne | 10/22/2010

    " Packed with detail, very interesting reading for someone who's never studied the life and very brief reign of Lady Jane Grey. Altogether fascinating. "

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About the Author

Leanda de Lisle, a former freelance writer, has written columns for Country Life, the Sunday Express, the Daily Express, the Spectator, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Telegraph, and the New Statesman. She is the author of After Elizabeth, which focuses on the period between March 1603, when Elizabeth I died, to July 1603, when James VI of Scotland was crowned James I of England.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.