The Sisters Who Would Be Queen

The Sisters Who Would Be Queen

Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey : A Tudor Tragedy

eBook - 2009
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Evaluates the tragic story of Lady Jane Grey while offering insight into the parallel experiences of her sisters and the broader Grey family, detailing Jane's short reign and the royal bloodline that exposed all three to the enmity of Elizabeth I.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2009]
ISBN: 9780345516688


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Sep 09, 2015

Well written and very interesting account of the lives of 3 Grey sisters. I not only liked the fact that this was very well researched yet very readable, I also enjoyed reading about characters who are often not given much "press" as historical works go. The genealogy charts are very helpful-it can be hard to keep the people straight.

crankylibrarian Sep 19, 2011

Most Tudor-philes are familiar with Lady Jane Grey, the tragic "9 Days Queen" bullied by her parents and in-laws into usurping the crown from Mary Tudor. The story is far more complicated however; Jane and her 2 younger sisters were considered the true heirs by a significant portion of the British population, and Jane's accession was the honest intent of the young King Edward. The Grey sisters had three advantages over Henry VIII's daughter Mary: they were unquestionably legitimate, they were Protestant, and they were 100% English with English husbands. De Lisle dispels many of the romantic myths that have grown up around Lady Jane: though shy, she was no innocent pawn but considered herself a leader of the Protestant cause. De Lisle also redeems from obscurity Jane's younger sister Katherine, whose secret marriage to a Protestant nobleman produced a male heir, making the Greys more of a threat to Queen Elizabeth's throne than the infamous Mary, Queen of Scots.

A fascinating dissection of how gender, religion, and xenophobia continued to threaten the succession for several generations.


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