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In the Shadow of Lady Jane

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It is April 1551. While the family of Lord Henry Grey are visiting their Devon estate, the Grey sisters are saved from drowning by a local medical apprentice, Richard Stocker. Little does Richard know that this single act will plunge him into a tide of religious and social upheavalthat will change not only his own life but the course of British history. In gratitude for sa ...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Pan Macmillan (first published April 1st 2006)
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Now this is how to write historical fiction, Hilary Mantel.

What I love the most about Edward Charles is how accurate the history is. So he doesn't feel the need to over-dramatize it. Readers are thus left with the essence of the story correct. And yet he manages to tell this in a way that makes for enthralling reading.

So, this is good to read, and you feel like you are getting a history lesson too.
Initially, it took me a bit to get going with this book, but it started to get about after the first third or so - mainly because that's when all the action/plotting/executions started to build up. I was pleased that this was an historical novel that actually stayed true to the actual events - even down to a lot of the fine detail. That's always been my main gripe with historical novels that play fast and loose with history - if the actual history makes a good story, then you don't need to stuff ...more
It's not often that you see Tudor fiction written by a man so it was no surprise that he had to put in a made up male character to be the star of the book. I didn't take to Richard at all which made it more difficult to get into the story.

The author obviously wanted this book to be focused on the women as sex obsessed idiots and the men as macho lovegods rather than telling the story of the plot to stop Queen Mary from taking the throne. In fact the focus of the whole book is the sexual relation
Mira, a escriba
Este best-seller tem como pano de fundo a época pré-isabelina, poucas vezes retratada nos romances históricos, e nele observamos o dia-a-dia de uma das grandes famílias da época – os Grey, uma família com ligações reais - pelos olhos de Richard, um dos seus mais leais servidores.
A história é contada gradualmente e á medida que o tempo passa, Richard vê-se envolvido em muitos segredos e conspirações, observando o que o poder e o dinheiro fazem às pessoas. Seguimos o seu dia-a-dia pelas casas senh
Really good read. This is a tragic story. Poor Lady Jane just a pawn in her parents ambitions and this book made me really like her which made me sad becuase I knew she would not survive till the last pages. Also intresting to read historical fiction from a male point of view that is actually written by a man. You don't see that much.
Really good! I loved how the use of a character like Richard really gave the reader a personel view of the Grey family and its workings. The time in the Tower, and Jane's marriage to Guilford Dudley were heart wrenching. I look forward to following Richard on his next journey..........
Very intersting read, especially if you like the Philippa Gregory books on Anne Boleyn. Only, this book is taken from the perspective of a well-raised country boy who becomes an assistant to a very important courtier. I enjoyed this as a nice light read.
Read in 2007 - very good but a little stretchy at times - the Grey sisters quite well drawn - the adventuresome Richard Stocker full of chivalric intent towards an appealing Lady Jane. Good story. Sad story, but we knew that.
Saturday's Child
If you enjoy historical fiction with some fact woven into it or you are interested in Lady Jane Grey and the Tudor period then you will enjoy this novel.
Helen Azar
I couldn't get into this book. It wasn't terrible, it was just sort of ... neutral.
Surprisingly uninteresting for such an interesting topic.
Living in that part of history was really frustrating.
never finished lost interest with the characters sorry
Carla Lucas
Talvez um dos melhores livros que já li.
Ennuyant et mal écrit, j'ai vite décroché.
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Edward Charles was born in South Wales in 1941 and brought up in north London.

He developed his interest in English social and economic history at school, butbelieving it would never find him a job, studied economics and law at the University College of Wales and then took a PhD in corporate finance at (the then
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