Coronation of Glory, Deborah Meroff, Paper Back

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This work of historical fiction recounts the story of Lady Jane Grey, whose greatest misfortune was to be the daughter of highly ambitious parents, as well as fifth in the line of succession to the throne of England upon the death of King Henry VIII in 1547. The first was Edward, only son of King Henry VIII. The second in the line of succession was Mary, the older daughter of King Henry VIII. The third was his other daughter, Elizabeth. The fourth was Lady Frances Grey, the Duchess of Suffolk, and mother to Lady Jane Grey. This book tells the story of this young woman and is set against a backdrop of treacherous sixteenth century court intrigues, power brokering, overreaching ambition, and religious upheaval.

Jane was cousin and friend to King Edward VI, son and successor to King Henry VIII, and there was talk of their marrying. When Edward, however, died at a young age, political jockeying by Lady Jane's ambitious, greedy parents, the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk, and the treacherous and ruthless John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, set into motion a series of events that would result in Lady Jane marrying Guilford Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland's son, and being proclaimed Queen of England. It was a reign that was to last only nine days before Mary Tudor, daughter of Queen Catherine of Aragon and King Henry VIII and second in the line of succession, would reclaim her birthright and be declared Queen.

The story of Lady Jane Grey, an intelligent and pious young woman, is a tragic one, as she was merely a pawn for the ambitions of others, and for that she was called upon to pay the ultimate price. Those readers that like light historical fiction, such as that written by Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy, will, undoubtedly, enjoy learning more about this tragic young woman whose life was lived in the shadow of a crown.

Inheritance Publications, Paper Back

Product Code: 0921100787

 

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