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The Nine Days Queen (Beneath the Crown #1)

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At fifteen years of age, upon the death of her cousin, Edward, Lady Jane Grey was forced to accept the crown of England. She was queen for only nine days, however. Edward's eldest sister, Mary, soon challenged Jane for the throne, with tragic results. This is the true story of a bright and intelligent young woman who was manipulated and betrayed by the ambitious people who ...more
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Crystal Dawn
The book (Written in 1986) has a tremendous amount of research obviously poured into its pages. Unlike some historical books I have read, I struggled to find a single era wrong even when it came down to opinions. Jane was a very sympathetic character who lead a very sympathetic life. She was smart beyond measure an likeable beyond degree. She did have this tendency to stand up go her rights and beliefs, obviously against that of 15th Century customs, but frankly, in today's world, she'd just be ...more
Allegra Green
Fantastic historical novel. Well-written, age-appropriate story to get kids interested in British history. I was so luck after reading this novel I was able to travel to London to the Tower and see the engraving Jane made on the wall while she was imprisoned there.
Jan 19, 2016 Erin rated it liked it
I recall reading this book when I was a teenager. It was probably one of the first " Tudor" era books that I read and it brought to my attention the very sad tale of Lady Jane Grey.
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Aug 09, 2015 Asya Aleksandrova rated it liked it
This book has been sitting on my shelves for years and at some point of my life I didn't even know why I had bought it. However, when I started watching the TV series 'The Tudors' I found The Tudors' history really interesting and was eager to read this book and find out how and why did Lady Jane Grey become queen of England...for nine days.
Since the book has only 208 pages, It took me few hours to read it and I must say it has both pros and cons. First, I found the main character, Jane, rathe
Dec 25, 2014 Enikő rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but I must say that all the beheadings did give me nightmares when I was young!

Things haven't changed. I am once more wondering if it was a good idea to finish this one tonight. Very dire.
Aug 22, 2015 Mariah rated it really liked it
This was a great novel that told the story of young sixteen year old Jane Grey who's life was a series of heartaches as she tried to survive life at court and with her family. It is difficult to avoid spoilers but Karleen Bradford managed to bring this not-so-well known historical figure to life.
Through her trials we learn about Jane Grey's strength, humbleness, faith, and, loyalty in the face of plots that risk whatever fragile life she has. Although there were moments that were difficult to f
Jul 25, 2011 Liz rated it liked it
Who'd like to be Queen of England for nine days? Well, Jane sure didn't..
Apr 05, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Awaiting execution for treason after she was Queen of England for just nine days, sixteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey looks back on her short life. She had some happiness as a child, but her parents were distant. A cousin of the Tudor ruling family, she spent some time at court as a young girl. Eventually, her parents had her married to a man she didn't love, or even like. Meanwhile, England is caught in turmoil, as the young Protestant king, Edward, dies. Jane's male relatives scheme to have her cr ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
This book made me obsessed with Lady Jane Grey. HOWEVER there is hardly any literature out there about her. I've even tried to write about her for papers, but there isn't even a whole lot of academic research out there about her. WHY? Her story is so unique. I would love to read more fiction about her. If you know of any good ones, please let me know. As for this book, I loved this whole series (even if the books are not technically related to one another). They were definitely some of my favori ...more
Farhana Faruq
Suggested reading by my ten year old neice, who's read it three times!

This is a historical fiction based on Lady Jane Grey. It's very well written, and easy enough for young readers to understand. I enjoyed the book much more than I thought I would. Glad I read it and look forward to reading more from Karleen Bradford.
Feb 07, 2015 Renaissance rated it it was ok
Interesting to see why she was only queen for nine days. I felt that the authors writing was inconsistent and that made it hard to read. It was sad what happened to Jane been though it was not her doing. I was shocked how her parents treated her.
Oct 04, 2011 Allison rated it liked it
Lady Jane Grey is caught in the middle of political, religious and royal intrigue as a young teenager. As favorite cousin of the king Jane becomes the Queen for nine days. A fun and interesting look at the true story of Queen Jane.
Jul 25, 2013 Roelien rated it really liked it
Loved it although I do have a softspot for Historical Fiction
Annu Ghimire
the cruel rule and its result upon an innocent lady
Liza Verdon
Mar 26, 2010 Liza Verdon rated it it was amazing
Sooo realistic.
Beautifully written.
Aug 10, 2013 Madeleine rated it it was amazing
absolutely loved this book!!
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