The Sisters Who Would be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: a Tudor Tragedy

The Sisters Who Would be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: a Tudor Tragedy

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By (author) Leanda de Lisle, Narrator Wanda McCaddon

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 186mm x 16mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 13 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400163668
  • ISBN 13: 9781400163663
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 947,690

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Born into aristocracy, the Grey sisters were the great-granddaughters of Henry VII, grandnieces to Henry VIII, legitimate successors to the English throne, and rivals to Henry VIII's daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. Lady Jane, the eldest, was thrust center stage by uncompromising religious politics when she briefly succeeded Henry's son, the young Edward VI. Dubbed "the Nine Days Queen" after her short, tragic reign from the Tower of London, Jane has over the centuries earned a special place in the affections of the English people as an abused child and a "queen of the public heart." But as Leanda de Lisle reveals, Jane was actually more rebel than victim, more leader than pawn, and Mary and Katherine Grey would have to tread carefully in order to avoid sharing their elder sister's violent fate. Navigating the politics of the Tudor court after Jane's death was a precarious challenge. Katherine Grey earned the trust of Mary I, only to risk her future with a love marriage that threatened Queen Elizabeth's throne. Mary Grey, considered too petite and plain to be significant, looked for her own escape from the burden of her royal blood--an impossible task after she followed her heart and also incurred the queen's envy, fear, and wrath. Exploding the many myths of Lady Jane Grey's life, unearthing the details of Katherine's and Mary's dramatic stories, and casting new light on Elizabeth's reign, de Lisle gives voice and resonance to the lives of the Greys and offers perspective on their place in history and on a time when a royal marriage could gain you a kingdom or cost you everything.

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Author information

Leanda de Lisle is the author of "After Elizabeth" and has written columns for such publications as the "Daily Express," the "Spectator," the "Guardian," and the "New Statesman." Wanda McCaddon has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audio publishers and has earned more than twenty-five Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine. She has also won a coveted Audie Award, and "AudioFile" has named her one of recording's Golden Voices.

Review quote

"De Lisle has produced an excellent, assiduously researched account of dynastic politics at its worst, focusing on three fascinating and often overlooked women." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review