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The Sisters Who Would Be Queen by Leanda de Lisle
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Apr 29, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: tudor, non-fiction, own
Read from April 16 to 29, 2015 — I own a copy

This book seeks to discredit the myths surrounding the Grey sisters that have evolved over the centuries, especially the 9-days Queen Jane. The role they would all play in history is certainly tragic. Jane’s execution at the hands of Mary I and Katherine and Mary’s persecution by Elizabeth I are really just multigenerational family grudges. The issue of succession is a constant reminder of the tumult that Henry VIII created. Though Jane never wanted to be queen and is often cast as a pawn by either her mother or her father-in-law, she was willing to fulfill her dynastic responsibility for her Protestant faith. Katherine’s secret marriage is a timeless love story and the cruelty and stubbornness of Elizabeth is heartbreaking. While Mary is often a historical afterthought, she was also the victim of a spiteful and insecure monarch. These women yielded great power just because their grandmother was the sister of Henry VIII and because of their royal blood, they were thrust into the drama of the Tudor era and were denied happy lives.

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