The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey

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'In her utterly gripping life of Lady Jane Grey and her two sisters!Leanda de Lisle gives us the brief life and grim times of Lady Jane Grey and her family in merciless clarity and dazzling detail. This is a marvellously told and quite terrifying biography.' Frances Wilson, Telegraph 'Beside exploding the myths [about Lady Jane Grey], Leanda de Lisle breaks new ground by linking Jane's story to those of her siblings, Katherine and Mary! an unrivalled account of the struggle for the Tudor succession! de Lisle is able to bring her characters vividly to life' John Guy, Sunday Times 'Leanda de Lisle's ably executed biography of the unlucky Grey sisters illuminates the perils of being a princess in sixteenth-century England.!The story of this tragic trio makes compelling reading, whether they ended up as casualties of the state or doomed lovers. Confidently guiding us through the complexities of the period, Leanda de Lisle recounts the poignant tale with sensitivity, shrewd insight and skill.' Anne Somerset, Literary Review '"The Sisters Who Would Be Queen" brings the Tudor world to life in a story about siblings Katherine, Mary and Lady Jane Grey.! The author rehabilitates [Lady Jane Grey] as less a victim of history than a headstrong individual with a sense of her own destiny.!this fascinating tale relates how her plucky sisters adapted to life at court in an atmosphere of distrust and paranoia.!It was a miracle they lasted as long as they did.' Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler 'Leanda de Lisle has done a sterling job in retelling the story of Jane Grey, and excavating that of her two sisters.! she makes a good case for Jane Grey as a more independent figure than has generally been acknowledged.' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday 'The author's sober, meticulous narrative is the antithesis of the prettified and preposterous televised version of The Tudors' Daily Mail Praise for 'After Elizabeth': 'A deep and fascinating account. Leanda de Lisle's close focus draws us into palace corridors, country houses and city streets where the excitement, intrigue and danger of the times are palpable.' Jane Dunn 'This masterly account recaptures superbly the edgy, wary feel of court and country at the key moment when Tudor England was transformed into Stuart Britain. In emphasising the faults of Queen Elizabeth I and the acuity of her successor King James I, Leanda de Lisle has brilliantly subverted the traditional story.' Andrew Roberts 'Leanda de Lisle has done what historians, to date, have overlooked. She spots the story in the seemingly uneventful handover of power to James I after Elizabeth's death, and rediscovers its thrilling drama. James accession was far from inevitable -- de Lisle vividly recounts the uncertainty, greed, intrigue and hypocrisy that defined the new age. This is an original, informative,absorbing account, written with verve and style.' John Guy

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The dramatic untold story of the three tragic Grey sisters, all heirs to the Tudor throne, all victims to their royal blood.

Lady Jane Grey is an icon of innocence abused. Remembered as the ‘Nine Days Queen’, she has been mythologized as a child-woman sacrificed to political expedience. But behind the legend lay a rebellious adolescent who became a leader, and no mere victim. Growing up in her shadow, Jane’s sisters Katherine and Mary would have to tread carefully to survive.

The dramatic lives of the younger Grey sisters remain little known, but both women became heirs and rivals to the Tudor monarchs, Mary and Elizabeth I. To gain Queen Mary’s trust, teenaged Katherine ignored Jane’s final request not to change her religion, only to risk her life with a marriage that threatened Queen Elizabeth’s throne.

While Katherine’s friends fought to save her, the youngest Grey sister, Mary, stayed at court. Though too poor and plain to be significant, she looked set to 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 Grey sisters’ tumultuous world to life: at a time when a royal marriage could gain you a kingdom, or cost you everything.

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