14th November 1553Sounds interesting to me. I assume the story will tell me about her palace, her trial, and why she's in prison. I've enjoyed novels by Alison Weir before, and I look forward to this one. Summary:
It is over. My trial has ended, and I am now back in the Tower of London, this place that was once my palace and is now my prison.
"I am now a condemned traitor ... I am to die when I have hardly begun to live" (p. 3). Lady Jane Grey — "the Nine Days' Queen" — is a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century. The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn's beheading and the demise of Jane's infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane's adolescent cousin, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor. Honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies. She is forced to accept the crown, setting off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy. Power-grabbing swirls around Lady Jane Grey from the day of her birth to her unbearably poignant death.
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