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The Fallen Queen

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  112 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Uncovering the secrets of Lady Jane Grey – who ruled England for nine days before her execution – and her two sisters Katherine and Mary – who both served Elizabeth I.

An unforgettable story of ambition, lust and jealousy.

Led by love into the jaws of fate….

Lady Jane Grey is crowned Queen at the behest of Edward VI. Her reign lasts only nine days before she is executed for t
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Paperback, 356 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Avon (first published July 25th 2013)
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Emma
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V.E. Lynne
Apr 21, 2014 V.E. Lynne rated it liked it
"The Fallen Queen" is the story of the Grey sisters, Jane, Katherine and Mary, told mainly from the perspective of the youngest, and always the most likable of the trio, Mary. Mary Grey is a dwarf and suffers greatly, both physically and mentally, from the condition. As a consequence, her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk, do not really see her as marriage material and concentrate all their considerable ambitions on the older two. Jane is married off to Guildford Dudley, with tragic ...more
Lindsay
Mar 10, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, history
I agree with most of the other reviews - this book was too wordy, and there were too many fulsome descriptions of food, hair, flowers and clothing. It was quite distracting from the story, which in itself was quite interesting, although presumably not historically accurate. I felt very sorry for the Grey sisters, whose parents sold them down the river for the chance of power.
Laura
Apr 09, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
I'm about 100 pages from finishing "The Fallen Queen" and I'm really disappointed to have to admit to myself that I can't wait to get this book finished. I've read quite a lot of Emily Purdy's other work and I seem to have the same issues with each of her books. Don't get me wrong - I still really enjoy her stories, I think my favourite so far has definitely been "The Tudor Bride", but there are definitely recurring problems with them. Let me first talk about Purdy's writing style - first off, ...more
Melanie
Apr 15, 2014 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, book-club
First things first: historical fiction is not my kind of thing at all so I maybe went into this not expecting a great deal, but at the same time the story and the writing have done little to nothing to change my mind. I don't know a great deal about this period of English history - what little we covered at school I've mostly forgotten - so I don't know how much of what happens in this book is 'historical' and how much is 'fiction' but there are many things which strike me as utterly ...more
Helene Harrison
Review - At the beginning I found it very hard to get in to. The novel doesn't immediately grip you. The prologue is a little long and boring in places, and it wasn't until around the third chapter that I really began to get interested. However, the middle and end were really very good and more enjoyable. I thought it was very clever how the sisters were all so different yet so stubborn at the same time. For me it was the character portrayals that brought this book back from disaster in the ...more
Alannah Clarke
A highly fictitious account of Lady Jane Grey and her two sisters who had lived into Queen Elizabeth's reign. I don't think I would have paid full price for this book but snatched it up as soon as I saw it was on sale. At the beginning of the book, I thought it was quite slow but the character portrayals of the three sisters really changed that for me. Purdy manages to create three unique women despite them all being related.

I did believe the prologue was quite long for the length of the book.
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Louisa Mcginn
Apr 30, 2015 Louisa Mcginn rated it it was ok
Oh dear, this really isn't very good. It's not really clear who the 'fallen queen' of the title is, the pacing is all wrong, and if you cut out all the descriptions of what the sisters are wearing and the sweets their father gives them then the book would be half the length. You're best off sticking with Philippa Gregory, and I'm no big fan of her either.
Carina
Aug 16, 2016 Carina rated it it was ok
If you're looking for a catalogue of Tudor-era clothing and sweets and an absence of punctuation, this book is for you. I appreciate the attempt to humanize the various persons generally overlooked in historical fiction but it passed the mark by about fifty miles and three hundred pounds of sweetener.
Mary
Oct 10, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2013
I sort of enjoyed this, but it was kind of frothy. WAY too much lavish descriptions of clothes, sweets and hair. You'd think the only really key thing about any of these women was the colour of their hair.
I also think it would have been interesting to focus more on Mary Grey. Despite being the narrator, she was sort of neglected.
Alison Connolly
Apr 30, 2014 Alison Connolly rated it did not like it
Ok for light reading but annoying in places because of a few stupid mistakes. Like having someone picking flowers that could not possibly have been in the garden together - snowdrops with roses as an example. Overly heavy on what people are wearing or eating
Becky Cresswell
May 21, 2015 Becky Cresswell rated it it was ok
Really wanted to like this book, but the 8 year old narrator; Mary Gray, was far too mature for her years...
Hollieann
Jun 26, 2015 Hollieann rated it liked it
Although the narrator spent too much time describing foods, flowers and clothing (lists of more than 6-7 lines were normal), I really enjoyed this book.
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