Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey

by Nicola Tallis


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

Asignificant retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Lady Jane Grey's journey through her trial and execution—recallingthe 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 faith—Protestantism—and 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 tangled—and which ultimately led to a shocking and catastrophic conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681775555
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 347,043
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nicola Tallis achieved a first-class bachelor’s degree with honors in history from Bath Spa University. She also has an MA in Public History from Royal Holloway College, University of London. Nicola has been passionate about English history all of her life, and has worked as a curator, lecturer, and historical researcher. She is currently the resident historian for Alison Weir Tours. Crown of Blood, her first book, is the result of five years of research on the Grey family.

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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