Crown of Blood

Crown of Blood

by Nicola Tallis
Crown of Blood

Crown of Blood

by Nicola Tallis



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"Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.” These were the heartbreaking words of seventeen-year-old Lady Jane Grey as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. She is known to history as "the Nine Days Queen," but her reign lasted for thirteen days. The human and emotional aspects of her story have often been ignored, although she is remembered as one of the Tudor Era’s most tragic victims. While this is doubtless true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane’s story. Crown of Blood is an important and significant retelling of an often-misunderstood tale: set at the time of Jane’s downfall and following her journey through to her trial and execution, each chapter moves between the past and the “present,” using a rich abundance of primary source material (some of which has never been published) in order to paint a vivid picture of Jane’s short and turbulent life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681772875
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Format: eBook
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 592,870
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

Dr. Nicola Tallis’s debut book, Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey, was published to wide praise in America and Britain. She has previously lectured at the University of Winchester and worked with Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Genealogical Tables xi

Timeline xiv

Author's Note xvi

Introduction xvii

Prologue xxiii

Chapter 1 A Time to be Born and a Time to Die 1

Chapter 2 Rejoiced All True Hearts 19

Chapter 3 Anyone More Deserving of Respect 36

Chapter 4 The Imperial Crown 51

Chapter 5 A Loving and Kind Father 60

Chapter 6 A Second Court of Right 69

Chapter 7 Ruled and Framed Towards Virtue 77

Chapter 8 She Did Never Love Her After 88

Chapter 9 I Think Myself in Hell 98

Chapter 10 Godly Instruction 118

Chapter 11 A Comely, Virtuous and Goodly Gentleman 126

Chapter 12 The First Act of a Tragedy 135

Chapter 13 Long Live the Queen! 154

Chapter 14 Falsely Styled Queen 169

Chapter 15 Jana Non Regina 181

Chapter 16 Shut Up in the Tower 190

Chapter 17 Jane of Suffolk Deserved Death 200

Chapter 18 Justice is an Excellent Virtue 215

Chapter 19 Fear Not for Any Pain 230

Chapter 20 Liberty of the Tower 237

Chapter 21 The Permanent Ruin of the Ancient House of Grey 248

Chapter 22 Bound by Indissoluble Ties 259

Chapter 23 I am Come Hither to Die 270

Chapter 24 God and Posterity Will Show Me Favour 280

Epilogue 291

Appendix 1 The Queen Without a Face: Portraits of Lady Jane Grey 296

Appendix 2 Jane's Debate with Dr John Feckenham 299

Appendix 3 Following in Jane's Footsteps: Places to Visit 304

Notes and References 308

Bibliography 352

Acknowledgements 363

Index 365

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