The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy

Random House Publishing Group, 13 . 2009 . - : 384
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERLeanda de Lisle brings the story of nine days queen Lady Jane Grey and her forgotten sisters, the rivals of Elizabeth I, to vivid life in her fascinating biography.Philippa Gregory

Mary, Katherine, and Jane Greysisters whose mere existence nearly toppled a kingdom and altered a nations destinyare the captivating subjects of Leanda de Lisles new book. The Sisters Who Would Be Queen breathes fresh life into these three young women, who were victimized in the notoriously vicious Tudor power struggle and whose heirs would otherwise probably be ruling England today.

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 VIIIs daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. Lady Jane, the eldest, was thrust center stage by greedy men and uncompromising religious politics when she briefly succeeded Henrys son, the young Edward I. 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 a queen with a public heart. But as de Lisle reveals, Jane was actually more rebel than victim, more leader than pawn, and Mary and Katherine Grey found that they would have to tread carefully in order to avoid sharing their elder sisters violent fate.

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

Exploding the many myths of Lady Jane Greys life, unearthing the details of Katherines and Marys dramatic stories, and casting new light on Elizabeths reign, Leanda 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 a woman a kingdom or cost her everything.
 

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LibraryThing Review

  - catzkc - LibraryThing

Very readable historical non-fiction. Before I read this I don't think I even knew Jane had sisters. Turns out their stories are every bit as intriguing and tragic as Jane's. I also enjoyed learning ...

LibraryThing Review

  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

This is a nonfiction account of Lady Jane Grey (Queen of England for nine days, following Henry VIII's son Edward), as well as her younger sisters, Katherine and Mary. Katherine and Mary both later ...

I1 FIRST I EssoNs
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ANEs WARDSHIP
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V11 BRIDLING JANE
61
JANE AND MARY
69
PART TWO
79
No PooR CHILD?
81
A MARRIED WOMAN
93
JANE THE QUEEN
102
F1RsT SoN
200
PARLIAMENT AND KATHER1NEs CLAIM
211
IIALEss TEMPJST
219
PART FOUR Lost Love
226
THE LADY MARY AND MR limes 229
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THE CLEAR CH01cE
236
V1lILEII lVEDYOURS
246
THE LAsT S1sTER
251

A PR1s0NER IN THE TovER
114
A FATAL REVOLT
126
AFTERMATH 143
153
GROw1Nc UP
156
THE SPAN1sH PLQT
166
BETRQTHAL
178
A KNOT or SEcRET MIGHT
189
A RETURN To EL1zABETHs COURT
260
STANDING AT KING IIENnYs OPENED Toma
276
AUTHORS Nona
287
BIBLIOGRAPHY
325
INDEX 337
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Leanda de Lisle is the author of After Elizabeth. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, where she earned a master of arts degree in modern history. A successful journalist and broadcaster, she has been a columnist for The Spectator, The Guardian, Country Life, and the Daily Express, as well as writing for The Times, the Daily Mail, the New Statesman, and The Sunday Telegraph. She lives in Leicestershire with her husband and three children.


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