The Sisters Who Would Be Queen by Leanda de Lisle#NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: Inspiration for Philippa Gregorys 2017 novel The Last Tudor and for Elizabeth Fremantles 2014 novel Sisters of Treason
Leanda de Lisle brings the story of nine days’ queen, Lady Jane Grey and her forgotten sisters, the rivals of Elizabeth I, to vivid life in her fascinating biography’ Philippa Gregory
Lady Jane Grey is an iconic figure in English history. Misremembered as the ‘Nine Days Queen’, she has been mythologized as a child-woman destroyed on the altar of political expediency. Behind the legend, however, was an opinionated and often rebellious adolescent who died a passionate leader, not merely a victim. Growing up in Jane’s shadow, her sisters Katherine and Mary would have to tread carefully to survive.
The dramatic lives of the younger Grey sisters remain little known, but under English law they were the heirs – and rivals – to the Tudor monarchs Mary and Elizabeth I. The beautiful Katherine ignored Jane’s dying request that she remain faithful to her beliefs, changing her religion to retain Queen Mary’s favour only to then risk life and freedom in a secret marriage that threatened Queen Elizabeth’s throne.
While Elizabeth’s closest adviser fought to save Katherine, her younger sister Mary remained at court as the queen’s Maid of Honour. Too plain to be considered significant, it seemed that Lady Mary Grey, at least, would escape the burden of her royal blood. But then she too fell in love, and incurred the queen’s fury.
Exploding the many myths of Lady Jane’s life and casting fresh light onto Elizabeth’s reign, acclaimed historian Leanda de Lisle brings the tumultuous world of the Grey sisters to life, at a time when a royal marriage could gain you a kingdom or cost you everything.
Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey was born in , in Leicester, England. Her life began with promise and high expectations but ended tragically, due in part to the ambitions of her father and the religious strife of the times. Grey was beheaded in London on February 12, Her parents saw to it that she received an excellent education, intended to make her a good match for the son of a well-positioned family. Seymour was executed for treason in Henry Grey, now Duke of Suffolk, introduced his beautiful and intelligent daughter Jane to the royal court in
Lady Jane Grey c. She had an excellent humanist education and a reputation as one of the most learned young women of her day. In June , Edward VI wrote his will, nominating Jane and her male heirs as successors to the Crown, in part because his half-sister Mary was Roman Catholic, while Jane was a committed Protestant and would support the reformed Church of England , whose foundation Edward claimed to have laid. The will removed his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth , from the line of succession on account of their illegitimacy, subverting their claims under the Third Succession Act. After Edward's death, Jane was proclaimed queen on 10 July and awaited coronation in the Tower of London. Support for Mary grew very quickly, and most of Jane's supporters abandoned her. Her primary supporter, her father-in-law the Duke of Northumberland, was accused of treason and executed less than a month later.
Lady Jane Grey c. After Edward's death, Jane was proclaimed queen on 10 July and awaited coronation in the Tower of London. Support for Mary grew very quickly, and most of Jane's supporters abandoned her. Her primary supporter, her father-in-law the Duke of Northumberland, was accused of treason and executed less than a month later. Jane was held prisoner at the Tower and was convicted in November of high treason, which carried a sentence of death—though Mary initially spared her life. Both Jane and her husband were executed on 12 February
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Jane Grey remains one of the most compelling and tragic figures in Tudor history. She possessed royal blood through her grandmother, Princess Mary Tudor, and this heritage brought her to the scaffold in But Edward ruled for just six years and his ambitious advisor, John Dudley, was determined to remain in power. To that end, he persuaded Edward to write his own will and leave the throne to his pious cousin, Jane Grey. Though just fifteen at the time, she was known for her Protestant piety and learning; it was this religious devotion which persuaded Edward to alter the succession. Deeply pious himself, he could not leave the throne to his Catholic sister, Mary. But she ruled for just nine days, trapped and unhappy.
Jane's claim to the throne was acquired through her maternal grandmother, Mary Tudor , pictured left who was the beautiful younger sister of Henry VIII. She was considered by contemporaries to have married far beneath her. The Grey family had an ancient and impressive lineage, originally being granted lands by Richard the Lionheart. Jane's was a harsh upbringing, although she received an excellent education, having studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew as well as modern languages. Her mother had given birth to a son who died prior to Jane's birth. Jane was followed by two sisters, Catherine and Mary , who completed the family. Mary, unfortunately, was hump-backed and a dwarf while Catherine was considered the beauty of the family.