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Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey (2005)

by Ann Rinaldi

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Even in this book for older children and teens, Lady Jane Grey does not fare well. Kudos to Ann Rinaldi for a well written account that appealed to this adult reader. ( )
  ErlangerFactionless | Mar 31, 2014 |
my first historical young adult book. It was ok but you could tell it was for younger readers. ( )
  Elysianfield | Mar 30, 2013 |
This dramatic novel of historical fiction opens in 1537. Lady Jane Grey, the great-granddaughter of King Henry VII, is fifth in line for the English throne. Jane grow up in luxury, but her politically ambitious parents, (the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk) make her life miserable;they are predators who pursued wealth, power and successful people. Jane is asked to the court of King Henry VIII(married to his sixth wife, Katherine Parr);Katherine makes Jane feel welcome.

After King Henry's death, Jane is sent home to her dismal life where her mother continues to beat and berate her.Eventually, Jane goes to live with Katherine Parr and her current husband, Sir Thomas Seymore.Katherine dies in childbirth(or was she poisoned by Thomas?).When the young King Edward VI dies, England is in political chaos with different factions vying for power. Jane is declared Queen of England a role she never wanted. As Mary Tudor becomes more powerful, Jane is removed from the throne and cast into the Tower------- ( )
  shsunon | Mar 6, 2012 |
Nine Days a Queen is the story of Lady Jane Grey who at the age of fifteen was Queen for nine days after King Edward VI passed away. She was a first cousin to Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth the children of King Henry VIII. At the time of Edward VI passing he requested in his will that Lady Jane Grey become Queen over his half sister. There is much suspicion around King Edwards VI death, his Lord Protector at the time was Lady Jane Gray’s father in law Northumberland and he schemed heavily to ensure that his family was on the throne. Lady Jane Grey did not love her husband or even know him. She did not want to be Queen and all her life was friends with Mary, Elizabeth and Edward. Mary had an army of supporters that within nine days overtook Northumberland’s troops. Lady Jane Grey was tried and convicted of treason and up to the moment of her death thought that Queen Mary would pardon her. This was a fascinating look at the royalty of England during that time period. Poor Jane Grey was just a pawn and had no power to stop those around her from ruining her life. ( )
  bbellthom | Feb 27, 2011 |
A quick read regarding my favorite topic -- The Tudor period of England's history.

Lady Jane Grey is a figure to be admired and pitied. As a young child she was, by today's standards, emotionally and physically abused by her parents. The granddaughter of King Henry VIII's sister, Jane was fifth in line for the throne.

When Henry's sickly son Edward died, Edward's half sister Mary was the rightful successor. Tragically, Lady Jane was used as a political pawn by the powerful Dudley faction and was crowned instead of Mary.

Inheriting a title and role she did not covet, sadly, her 15 year life was ended when her cousin Mary was able to rightfully gain the throne.

Simplistically written with a lot of accurate historical detail, this is a book recommended for those who are not familiar with the Tudor period.
  Whisper1 | Feb 20, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060549254, Paperback)

I had freckles.

I had sandy hair. I was too short.

Would my feet even touch the ground if I sat on the throne?

These are the words of lady Jane Grey, as imagined by celebrated author Ann Rinaldi. Jane would become Queen of England for only nine days before being beheaded at the age of sixteen.

Here is a breathtaking story of English royalty with its pageantry, privilege, and surprising cruelty. As she did in her previous novel Mutiny's Daughter, Ms. Rinaldi uses powerful, evocative writing to bring to life a teenage girl caught in the grip of stirring times.

Ages 12+

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Presents a fictional autobiography of Lady Jane Grey in which she tells the story of her life, from age nine to sixteen when she was executed after being queen of England for only nine days.

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