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The Sisters Who Would Be Queen by Leanda de Lisle
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Apr 13, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: history-tudor
Read from April 08 to 13, 2010

I have always held that truth is stranger than fiction. The truth here is that Leanda de Lisle has written a history of Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey, that is a most compelling, frightening and tragic biography. The work stands amongst the finest historical writing I have ever come across.
'The Sisters who would be Queen', as the front cover proclaims, really does read like a best selling novel. The detail is meticulous. Here is a history book that contains a sixteenth century thriller, a most heart rending love story, and a tragedy that Will Shakespeare just could not conjugate to write. All set within the royal courts of four Tudor monarchs, with the intrigue and factional stratagems, family fortunes, mixed with the fluid labile worlds of church and state. However, the strength of this book is it's ability to touch the humanity of it's three principal subjects. Queen Jane, who's brief reign finally ends with execution in 'The Tower' under Mary I. Katherine, who marries for love but suffers the withering wrath of Elizabeth I and finally Mary who ends her life in relative poverty in the latter years of the same reign.
I just can't recommend this book highly enough.
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Monica Wow Pete, you keep writing reviews like that and I'll have to figure out how to read a lot faster. I really didn't want to see, write or hear another thing about Elizabeth I but this is an exception.

Pete daPixie Find and read this book Mon, I really insist. 5*'s aren't enough. Queen Jane was little known to me, her two younger sisters even less. It's an incredible story right the way through the Tudor period.

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