Growing up with the future Queen Elizabeth and her reluctant nemesis, Mary, she soon learned the truth of the values imparted to her by Henry VIII's last Queen, Katherine Parr. Her honesty, intelligence and strength of character carried her through all the vicious twists of Tudor power politics to her nine-day reign and its unbearably poignant conclusion.
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By Kirstine on 08-02-17
History brought to life
Other novels by the author have touched on the tragic life of Lady Jane Grey, but this book gives a detailed account of her story interwoven with the events surrounding her short time on this earth. Descriptions of historical events and the actions of the main players of the Tudor period are enlivened by the author’s imagination in creating possible conversations and experiences creating a narrative akin to a drama. Although we know Jane’s eventual fate the story leading up to it is gripping and saddening. A precociously clever girl wishing only for a quiet, studious life, but who had to suffer having an abusive, monster of a mother and be used as a pawn in the ambitions of her parents and other aristocrats vying for power and influence. It was tough being a well-born girl in those days!
I greatly enjoyed this entertaining and educational approach to history.
The narrator does a great job of dramatising the imagined dialogue with her facility in creating voices for different ages, sexes and social classes.
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