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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

4.5 Stars! Higginbotham takes the story we thought we knew about

4.5 Stars! Higginbotham takes the story we thought we knew about Jane Grey and turns it on it's head! John Dudley wasn't an evil man? Frances Grey didn't beat her daughter? Was Edward VI poisoned? Manipulated? Knowing Higginbotham is one of our trusted Historical Fictio...
4.5 Stars! Higginbotham takes the story we thought we knew about Jane Grey and turns it on it's head! John Dudley wasn't an evil man? Frances Grey didn't beat her daughter? Was Edward VI poisoned? Manipulated? Knowing Higginbotham is one of our trusted Historical Fiction authors, I couldn't wait to dig into her notes at the end. As usual she did her research and didn't jump on the myths and false accusations so many other writers and Hollywood have done.

The author gives us the story of The 9 Day Queen through the eyes of Frances Grey and Jane Dudley. I'm not rehashing the plot here, but basically Frances' daughter Jane and Jane's son Guildford are brought together for one of the most interesting and rumor filled speculative stories in history of how they were put on the throne.

Why 4.5 stars and not 5? Only because the first person narrative was a little confusing in the beginning. Especially if you put the book down and without finishing the chapter. Also Higginbotham can throw you with calling a person by his name in one paragraph and using only his title the next. Even though I'm familiar with the characters even I had to check the character list in the front throughout the book.

This is a typical Higginbotham read. Great insight. Great storytelling without the fluff. If you want to know about Jane Grey or like me think you know all about her, read this!

posted by penname96 on June 14, 2012

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Review: Her Highness, The Traitor

Despite this time period being one of my favorites, I'm seriously lacking in my knowledge (and reading) about Edward VI and especially Lady Jane. This sounded interesting and I hoped that it would provide me with some information I was lacking.

I think if I want to ...
Despite this time period being one of my favorites, I'm seriously lacking in my knowledge (and reading) about Edward VI and especially Lady Jane. This sounded interesting and I hoped that it would provide me with some information I was lacking.

I think if I want to get a clearer picture of Edward VI, I will need to read something else. I didn't feel like we got to know him very well. Maybe that's because most of this book takes places when he is a child. The kingdom is ruled in his name through the Protector. There's a lot of confusing details about the King's favorite uncle trying to oust the Protector, thus loosing his head. Then the people surrounding the King feel the Protector is abusing his power. He lost his head too. I know this was all important, but I was bored. All it did was show me how little power the king had (because he was a child) and how much of laid in the hands of the nobility. And, it didn't take much for those to turn on you.

I found it intriguing that Henry VIII's will gave such a clear line of succession, and that he bypassed his niece in favor of her children (I'm sure he was hoping for a male somewhere in there). I also found it hard to believe that a king who seemed to have so little sway and knew his father's demands was so determined for Lady Jane to take over the thrown. He had to know this was a bad idea right? Did he think his sister Mary was just going to sit by when her father was so clear in her right to rule? And did her really think Lady Jane would make a good Queen? She had never been raised as such. I think there's a whole lot to this story the book isn't telling us.

Which bring us to Lady Jane herself. I half wish the book would have be at least partially told from her point of view. The view points we do get do absolutely nothing for her. I didn't like her. She's that person who now days we would call "book smart" but she lacks any common sense. Plus, she seemed to have very little human compassion. A person like that shouldn't rule, and I think King Edward could have figured that out very easily. I also disliked that the minute they named her Queen, she got this sense of entitlement. I was sad to see that she was finally beheaded after so long of time. I don't think she deserved to die, although I do understand why Queen Mary felt like she had to do it.

For all of that, you would think I disliked the book. That's not entirely the case. It filled in the gaps that I have between Monarchs. I think it shows the state of the country and how it might have been effected when Mary came in the crown. It also reminded me how easily people lost their heads in this day. Plus, it's historical fiction and I'm not disappointed that I read it.

posted by pagese on September 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Recommended.

    I enjoyed the book and reading another version of historical events. The author's notes also explains his writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    An interesting read about history that we thought we already kne

    An interesting read about history that we thought we already knew. Made me realize how interesting history can be.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in Tudor intrigue!

    I was not familiar with this author, but was very pleasantly surprised. This is a well written history of the convoluted family intrigues that led to the tragic story of Lady Jane Grey--the Nine Days Queen. Story is told from the various view points of the contending fsmilies that nicely illustrate how the teen-age Jane could ascend and them lose the throne and her head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Liked it.

    Enjoyable and easy read.

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