Book Reviews

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis Book Review

A significant retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Lady Jane Grey’s journey through her trial and execution―recalling the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which she became involuntarily tangled, and which ultimately led to a catastrophic conclusion. “Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.” [read more]

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Blanche of Castile

November Book News

Victoria: The Queen: The Woman Who Shaped the Modern World Hardcover – 15 November 2016 (UK & US) For readers of Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra and Sally Bedell Smith’s Elizabeth the Queen comes the story of the indefatigable British queen who built an empire and made the modern world: a sweeping, gorgeously written, page-turning new biography of Queen [read more]

Elizabeth I

Long Live The Queen!

It was the Duke of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey’s father, who walked out onto Tower Hill, commanding his men-at-arms to leave their weapons behind, “I am but one man, but I here proclaim the Lady Mary’s Grace Queen of England.” Jane never saw her father again. Meanwhile, the Duke of Northumberland was arrested. He was [read more]

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May I not go home? (Day 9)

The Duke of Northumberland chose not to cause bloodshed and the final boost for Mary’s supporters came from John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who declared for Mary on the ninth day of Lady Jane’s reign. Mary was now convinced that she had succeeded and she issued the following declaration, “By the Queen. Know ye [read more]