The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Jane is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.
Weir's striking novel sweeps readers back through the centuries to witness firsthand one of the most poignant tales from a time of constant scheming and power brokering.
©2007 Alison Weir; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
"Weir proves herself deft as ever." (Publishers Weekly)
"Complex yet completely absorbing....A brilliantly vivid and psychologically astute novel." (Booklist)
This is a great way to understand the history of our society better. The characters come to life and you realize how much things have changed but also, how much people haven' t changed. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
I listened to this book about 4 years ago, and it still remains with me. It is historical fiction at it's best. Yes, the story needed some time to warm up- but almost every good book does- and the begining made me curious enough to hear more. The carichtors are not perfect, and that is what makes this book even better. The author remains loyal to historical facts, and succeeds in creating a great novel with a subcontext. I highly recommend it.
I loved that I honestly felt like I got to know Jane Grey. Her absolutely resolve to stay true to herself, regardless of what that meant for her life on earth. The story is so told so wonderfully in different views of the participants involved. You hate her parents, you root for her at the end, even though you know the outcome of her life. You keep thinking things are actually going to go her way and almost seems shocking to approach the final outcome. I hated the manipulating of the politics involved and she was just caught in the middle of others' ambitions. I would almost be yelling at the people who wronged her, wanting to physically punch them for what they did to her.
I liked the different perspectives of the characters. That's how life truly is. People are thinking they are doing the right thing with little or no conscience care for how it may affect someone else.
The narrators are amazing.
I like the title, it is totally fits her life.
I couldn’t stop listening.. and when i wasn’t listening I was thinking about it. I really was intrigued with this little lady Jane. It kept blowing me away to realize how young she was, and how tragic her short life was.
This isn’t the usual mystery that I read, but I think I will look for more
I would have suggested that she have more water handy.. some of her throat gurglings.. were a little distracting.
Any book by Alison Weir or Phillippa Gregory
The story of Jane Grey was just awesome...never thought she'd turn out to be one of my favorite Tudors!
The forgotten Tudor.
I have read many of Weir's histories but this was my first experience with her fiction. She is a great story teller and knowing of her interest in the period made this a particularly good read. I would listen again.
It was eerie to listen as events in Lady Jane's life portended her death. Her almost violent reaction to the ruby necklace -- looking like drops of blood around her throat -- sent chills up my spine. Having the story told in snatches and in first person was a very effective way of seeing how the characters developed and their reaction to the events.
The multiple voices worked very well. Each made you think you had just met the character he/she represented.
No, it was an historical novel.
Lady Jane. Amazed at her accomplishments at such a young age.
Yes, I did. But the facts of the book and movie differed regarding the relationship between Lady Jand and her husband, Dudley.
Always enjoy the danger of the English court. Politics reign forever!
Extremely accurate. Not knowing much about Lady Jane, I researched the Internet as I was reading. Another innocent and tragic casualty to greed, pride and religious fanaticism.
Romantic and enticing I never wanted to stop listening to it.
It made me want to just keep listening to it.
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