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Nine Days a Queen by Ann Rinaldi
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Mar 01, 2012

it was amazing
Read in April, 2010

This dramatic novel of historical fiction opens in 1537. Lady Jane Grey, the great-granddaughter of King Henry VII, is fifth in line for the English throne. Jane grows up in luxury, but her politically ambitious parents (the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk), make her life miserable;they are predators who pursue wealth, power and successful people.Jane is asked to the court of King Henry VIII (married to his sixth wife, Katherine Parr). Katherine makes Jane feel welcome.

After King Henry's death, Jane is sent home to her dismal life where her mother continues to beat and and berate her. Eventually, Jane is sent to live with Katherine Parr and Parr's current husband, Sir Thomas Seymore. Katherine dies in childbirth(or was she poisoned by Thomas?). When the young King Edward VI dies, England is in political chaos with different factions forming armies and vying for power. Jane is declared Queen, a role she never wanted. As Mary Tudor becomes more powerful, Jane is removed from the throne and cast into the Tower to await her fate----

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