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Lady Jane Grey

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paperback, 253 pages
Published October 10th 1985 by by Grafton/ Collins (first published 1962)
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Jan 25, 2010 MAP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tudor afficionados
Very excited that my uni library had this, and that I didn't have to ILL!

A good, scholarly look at Lady Jane Grey, from birth until death. At times it can become too texbooky and dry, and often times we veer away from Jane's story, presumably because we don't know enough about Jane's behaviors during certain events.

However, the book does not shy away from discussing Jane's less appealing traits like some other books do. (I remember reading a book about Mary Tudor that discussed some of her inter
Jan 19, 2012 Orsolya rated it really liked it
There is basically only one view available surrounding Jane Grey. She is typically portrayed as a wronged, martyr-pawn… and that is the end of that. However, Hester W. Chapman aims to provide a view of a girl who displayed more control than a simpleton used in the schemes of adults in “Lady Jane Grey”.

Although I was unaware that “Lady Jane Grey” is considered YA until I opened the book; I was delightfully surprised. Chapman’s writing style is eloquent, not simplified, and smooth with an exciting
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Apr 05, 2014 C.S. Burrough rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History readers
I have read widely for decades, tomes old and new, on Tudor royals and courtiers. Here was a girl forever pushed to the back of my reading cue. I, like many, knew Lady Jane Grey as 'that' girl who only reigned for nine days. That she was executed under Queen ('Bloody') Mary I whose ministers charged Jane with treason for usurping Mary. The knowledge I lacked involved the circumstantial details. Who was driving such a plot besides Jane's ambitious parents? Why? And to what extent Jane herself was ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
Well, it's an older book, but there's not a ton on just Lady Jane Grey. Chapman places her within the context of the Tudors, especially between Edward VI and Mary I. This is obvious, since that's when Jane's 9 day reign took place.

What I found interesting was her early life; if I had parents like that, I would not have turned out as well. They seem like very cruel and abusive, but then... Tudor's, man. I'm telling you. I am so glad I wasn't around for that.

The tragic but mostly comic character
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Jan 19, 2011 Sean Kennedy rated it liked it
(3.5 / 5) Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for only nine days, is an interesting historical figure who doesn't really spring to life that well in this strangely dispassionate biography of her short life. Chapman seems to gloss over certain elements as if believing we already know the history of the Tudor monarchy and thus makes huge historical events seem like minor footnotes. Because Lady Jane was proselytized as an almost saintly figure after her execution (when the Protestants were back i ...more
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Hester W. Chapman (1899-1976) was one of the well-known authors and a specialist on the Tudors and Stuarts.
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