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Three Maids for a Crown by Ella March Chase
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Sep 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: england, historical-fiction, adult-fiction
Recommended for: Fans of Tudor History
Read from September 02 to 05, 2011

Interesting historical fiction told from the alternating points of view of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for nine days, and her younger sisters, Katherine and Mary. The author is particularly effective at distinguishing the voices of the young Lady Katherine and Lady Mary. The latter especially becomes vividly real. Neglected and handicapped, but sharp mentally, she is able to stay out of the political turmoil that sucks in her older sisters and eventually destroys them. However, the plain, pious Jane, adored by little Lady Mary and envied by Katherine, never totally comes alive in this book. The pawn of her ambitious parents and her father-in-law, the grasping Duke of Northumberland, she nevertheless is not weakminded.(Northumberland, incidentally, is also the father of the more renowned Robert Dudley, Elizabeth I's childhood friend, later Earl of Leicester). Absorbing and fast paced account of a tumultuous period in British history. Although it is apparently well-researched, I would have appreciated knowing the author's sources.
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