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Asignificant retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Lady Jane Grey's journey through her trial and executionrecallingthe 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.” These were the heartbreaking words of a seventeen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Minutes later her head was struck from her body with a single stroke of a heavy axe. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world, and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to a crown that the axe could fall at any time.
Jane is known to history as "the Nine Days Queen," but her reign lasted, in fact, 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 doubtlessly true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane’s story. She was a remarkable individual with a charismatic personality who earned the admiration and affection of many of those who knew her. All were impressed by her wit, passion, intelligence, and determined spirit. Furthermore, the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements and her religious faith has, in fact, further obscured the real Jane, a young religious radical who saw herself as an advocate of the reformed faithProtestantismand ultimately became a martyr for it.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. This dramatic narrative traces the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which Jane became involuntarily tangledand which ultimately led to a shocking and catastrophic conclusion.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Genealogical Tables xi
Author's Note xvi
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
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