This book is definitely not light reading. However, if you enjoy biographies, this is a very well researched and written book and you will enjoy it. While it does not read like a novel, it also does not read like a textbook. Mary Luke took a collection of facts and arranged them in a format that is informative and interesting. You get a feel for the time period and what Lady Jane’s life was like. It makes me glad I am alive now, in the 20th century instead of the 16th century in England when women had no rights, and pedophilia and marital rape were not only condoned by the court, in some cases arranged by it. Lady Jane Grey was related to Henry VIII, through the manipulations of others, who wanted to rule the country through her, since she had a docile and obedient personality, she was made Queen. She ruled for nine days. She was executed for her part in the scheme although she was for the most part innocent, a female child that did what she was told. You realize the ending is inevitable while at the same time unjust and horrible.

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About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

4 responses

  1. J. Kaye says:

    This does sound good, but I am so not a fan of biographies.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    You might also enjoy Innocent Traitor by A. Weir, which is a novel. visiting via Local Library!

  3. Vickie says:

    She is one of the most sympathetic personalities in English history. She was punished for doing what she was told. I’d likely read this, especially after your review. Good one SuziBell!

  4. Jo-Jo says:

    This does sound interesting…I love books from this time period.