Lady Jane Grey and the House of Suffolk

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The beheading in 1554 of Lady Jane Grey, the "Nine Days Queen," was a horrifying episode in English history, yet her judicial murder caused no great stir at the time, even among staunch Protestants. Executed at age 16, after a hastily arranged marriage made her a pawn in a bloody royal power-game, Lady Jane was too closely identified with the Dudleys' failed coup to rouse much syumpathy. Earlier biographers have painted her as a model of forbearance, mild and calm, but Plowden (Tudor Women, The Young Elizabeth argues that she had the makings of a modern fanatic. Lady Jane's total ideological commitment to the Protestant faith is the key to understanding how a gifted child, starved of affection, developed into a forceful woman who sublimated all her energies to an ideal. Her tragedy is the centerpiece of this engaging chronicle of the House of Suffolk. Plowden compresses a century of domestic battles, intrigues, love affairs and political maneuvering into less than 200 pages with brio and aplomb. Photos.
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YA A biography of a family with enough suspense and excitement to make it read like a fine historical novel. It begins with Charles Brandon, the first Duke of Suffolk, and his marriage to Henry VIII's sister, and continues through his second marriage, his children and their marriages. It is also the story of Brandon's eldest granddaughter, Jane, her ascension to the throne of England in 1554, and her nine-day reign. It is told against all of the religious and political conflicts of the era. Tudor blood continued to prove an unhappy legacy to the descendants of Charles Brandon until the mid-1700s, at which time the family died out. The 16 pages of reproductions from the Ashmolean, National Portrait Gallery, British Library, etc., are instrumental in bringing these historical figures to life. Mary Wadsworth Sucher, Baltimore County Reading Services
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