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Lady Jane Grey [electronic resource] : a Tudor mystery /
Eric Ives.
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Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
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xiv, 367 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm.
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1405194138 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781405194136 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
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1405194138 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781405194136 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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8127657
 
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-12-01:
Upon the death of King Edward VI in July 1553, Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed queen of England-only to be executed 13 days later. Here, Ives (The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn) addresses the accession crisis of 1553. Although Henry VIII had legally declared both of his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, illegitimate, he then restored them to the line of succession through the Third Act of Succession, which stated that upon Edward's death the crown would pass to Mary and then to Elizabeth if Mary had no male heirs. However, Edward, who as a staunch Protestant did not wish the crown to pass to the Catholic Mary, was probably persuaded to name instead Lady Jane Grey, the Protestant daughter of Henry VIII's sister. Ives works to present Lady Jane Grey as a learned, respected, and highly intelligent woman, providing in-depth analysis as he moves through the narrative and ending by summarizing the aftermath of the brief and tragic reign of one of Britain's least-known sovereigns. VERDICT This thoroughly researched and engrossing historical analysis will appeal both to biography enthusiasts and to those interested specifically in Tudor history or the history of the monarchy. It is a masterly interpretation of the "mystery" of Lady Jane Grey's ascent to the throne.-Carrie Benbow, Toronto P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-08-24:
Presenting a startling dissection of the historically elusive Jane Grey's 13-day reign, British scholar Ives (The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn) decodes the character, actions and motives of the key figures responsible for the fate of the Tudor teenager. He maintains that Jane herself, while precociously intellectual, was the least influential figure in the succession crisis of 1553. Taking center stage is her father-in law, John Dudley, duke of Northumberland, who in Ives's hands isn't England's most powerful man, compelling King Edward VI to add Jane to the succession to make her husband, and Dudley's son, king upon Edward's death. Rather, Ives posits the Dudley-Grey marriage as a routine aristocratic alliance and that Northumberland, as the son of an executed traitor, was obsessively loyal to an independent Edward; Edward initiated Jane and her possible future sons' promotion to achieve his long-term goal of an all-male succession. Moreover, Edward's privy council endorsed Jane's accession because they saw Jane as the rightful queen of England. Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives's radical reinterpretation of one of history's briefest, most puzzling reigns is masterfully researched, authoritative and a difficult but seductive read. Illus., one map. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2010-08-01:
Author of the authoritative The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, (CH, Apr'05, 42-4855), Ives (Univ. of Birmingham) now turns his hand to the putative enigma of another doomed queen. Ives rejects the traditional understanding of the events of July 1553, in which the ruthless Duke of Northumberland influenced the boy-king to exclude his sisters Mary and Elizabeth from the succession in favor of his cousin. Fear of popery and zeal for the Protestant faith are usually seen as Edward's motivations, while Northumberland's ambition to continue exercising power through his daughter-in-law (his son was married to Jane) explains his behavior. But Ives argues that Edward truly believed his sisters were illegitimate and thus legally barred from the throne. Northumberland was an unconfident man who acted selflessly and deferred to his young master in executing the devise that recognized Jane as successor. Thus, Mary was the true usurper, one who unlawfully overthrew the "nine days queen." Alas, this will not do. Mary's place in the succession was secured by an act of Parliament in 1544 and under Henry VIII's will of 1546. Until June 1553, she was recognized by all as the heir presumptive. Summing Up: Optional. General readers/public libraries. D. R. Bisson Belmont University
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Review Quotes
"Jane's claim had a good case behind it. Eric Ives ... adroitly makes it. Ives's skillful and enjoyable narrative stretches beyond the court into the regions, where the willingness or unwillingness of tenants or small freeholders to follow landlords into battle could help determine the occupant of the throne." (New York Review of Books, April 2010)"Ives did a splendid job of showing that Anne Boleyn was not a pretty face but a serious political player. The chapter on Jane's imprisonment is particularly moving. The book is ... worth reading, [and] raises]s] important questions... .Ives' brave ... reading might help acheive a via media. Mary was not evil and Jane not a pawn. [Ives] successfully draw[s] our attention to the amazing fact that the protagonists here are weomen, both trying to do what no women had ever done before; become a monarch in her own right." (Times Literary Supplement, February 2010)"Ives works to present Lady Jane Grey as a learned, respected, and highly intelligent woman, providing in-depth analysis as he moves through the narrative and ending by summarizing the aftermath of the brief and tragic reign of one of Britain's least-known sovereigns. This thoroughly researched and engrossing historical analysis will appeal both to biography enthusiasts and to those interested specifically in Tudor history or the history of the monarchy. It is a masterly interpretation of the 'mystery' of Lady Jane Grey's ascent to the throne." (Library Journal, Carrie Benbow, Toronto P.L., Ont.)"This book is written for a reader steeped in English history, particularly the politics of Tudor England, and one who is interested in the fine details of historical truth. For an English History scholar, this book is ... a treasure. The research is meticulous." (Sacramento Book Review, November 2009)"Ives re-assesses everything. He reconstructs the course of events with meticulous care, combining the conflicting narrative accounts with nuggets from the archives. He analyses the actions and character of each major participant and he comes to some surprising conclusions. His Mary is complex, brittle enough for her enemies to underestimate her, but stubborn enough to cling to her rights and let her dedicated entourage plan her counter-coup. Jane has inspired books, paintings, plays and films, but the mystery and the tragedy of 1553 have never before been so well captured." (BBC History Magazine, October 2009)"Dr. Eric Ives, in this scholarly and page-turning account of the coup that brought Lady Jane Grey to the throne for a brief reign of nine days, provides the who, what, where, and why of a coup that on paper should have had every chance of succeeding but which ultimately failed. Refusing to rely on long accepted accounts of Lady Jane's story, Dr. Ives offers a reassessment of this episode in Tudor history to the extent that the reader realizes 'Jane, we hardly knew ye.'" (Right Book Blog (Fairfield Public Library), October 2009)"Ives is not primarily concerned with Lady Jane's personal tragedy. Instead he focusses on the events that led to her being placed on the throne in July 1553, and the collapse of the regime 13 days later. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. Ives' ... mastery of his sources is unquestionable. Even if some of his conclusions are open to dispute ... the way Ives marshals his evidence is dazzling, and his bold and innovative treatment of a supposedly familiar story is both authoritative and exhilarating." (Spectator, October 2009)"Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives's radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." (Publishers Weekly)
"A Tudor mystery is brilliantly solved, and the story of one of England's most dangerous crises is thrillingly told... This book, which takes us as close to the truth of these events as is possible, will convince scholars who thought that they knew the story already, and delight general readers." -Susan Brigden, Lincoln College, Oxford"A highly ingenious solution to the mystery of Jane Grey's thirteen-day usurpation of the throne. Ives's research skills are formidable and will make this book essential, if provocative reading." -John Guy"Eric Ives has provided the first full-scale account of one of the most surprising sequences of events in the politics of Tudor England. It is an engrossing tale, here presented in incisive style by a scholar who has an instinctive grasp of how to bring the surprises back to life." -Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of Reformation, Europe's House Divided, and A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
"This is a thoroughly absorbing and ingenious book which will appeal to scholars and general readers alike." ( History Today , June 2010)"This alone would make Ives'' book an important piece of scholarship; that he wields an extensive array of archival evidence and provides the most detailed account to date of the succession crisis of 1553 makes this a book that no Tudor historian can ignore." ( Journal of the Northern Renaissance , May 2010) "Jane''s claim had a good case behind it. Eric Ives ... adroitly makes it. Ives''s skillful and enjoyable narrative stretches beyond the court into the regions, where the willingness or unwillingness of tenants or small freeholders to follow landlords into battle could help determine the occupant of the throne." ( New York Review of Books , April 2010) "Ives did a splendid job of showing that Anne Boleyn was not a pretty face but a serious political player. The chapter on Jane''s imprisonment is particularly moving. The book is ... worth reading, [and] raises[s] important questions... .Ives'' brave ... reading might help achieve a via media. Mary was not evil and Jane not a pawn. [Ives] successfully draw[s] our attention to the amazing fact that the protagonists here are women, both trying to do what no women had ever done before; become a monarch in her own right." ( Times Literary Supplement , February 2010) "This book is written for a reader steeped in English history, particularly the politics of Tudor England, and one who is interested in the fine details of historical truth. For an English History scholar, this book is ... a treasure. The research is meticulous." ( Sacramento Book Review , November 2009) "Ives re-assesses everything. He reconstructs the course of events with meticulous care, combining the conflicting narrative accounts with nuggets from the archives. He analyses the actions and character of each major participant and he comes to some surprising conclusions. His Mary is complex, brittle enough for her enemies to underestimate her, but stubborn enough to cling to her rights and let her dedicated entourage plan her counter-coup. Jane has inspired books, paintings, plays and films, but the mystery and the tragedy of 1553 have never before been so well captured." ( BBC History Magazine , October 2009) "Dr. Eric Ives, in this scholarly and page-turning account of the coup that brought Lady Jane Grey to the throne for a brief reign of nine days, provides the who, what, where, and why of a coup that on paper should have had every chance of succeeding but which ultimately failed. Refusing to rely on long accepted accounts of Lady Jane''s story, Dr. Ives offers a reassessment of this episode in Tudor history to the extent that the reader realizes ''Jane, we hardly knew ye.''" ( Right Book Blog , October 2009) "Ives is not primarily concerned with Lady Jane’s personal tragedy. Instead he focuses on the events that led to her being placed on the throne in July 1553, and the collapse of the regime 13 days later. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. Ives'' ... mastery of his sources is unquestionable. Even if some of his conclusions are open to dispute ... the way Ives marshals his evidence is dazzling, and his bold and innovative treatment of a supposedly familiar story is both authoritative and exhilarating." ( Spectator , October 2009) "Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives''s radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." ( Publishers Weekly ) "Ives works to present Lady Jane Grey as a learned, respected, and highly intelligent woman, providing in-depth analysis as he moves through the narrative and ending by summarizing the aftermath of the brief and tragic reign of one of Britain''s least-known sovereigns. This thoroughly researched and engrossing historical analysis will appeal both to biography enthusiasts and to those interested specifically in Tudor history or the history of the monarchy. It is a masterly interpretation of the ''mystery'' of Lady Jane Grey''s ascent to the throne." ( Library Journal )
"Written in a scholarly fashion, with an abundance of family trees, maps and a list of titles and offices, this book is a factual, yet compelling, take on a much covered story. A fascinating tale, this will appeal to both scholars and general readers alike." (Family History Monthly, 1 April 2012) "This is a thoroughly absorbing and ingenious book which will appeal to scholars and general readers alike." ( History Today , June 2010)"This alone would make Ives'' book an important piece of scholarship; that he wields an extensive array of archival evidence and provides the most detailed account to date of the succession crisis of 1553 makes this a book that no Tudor historian can ignore." ( Journal of the Northern Renaissance , May 2010) "Jane''s claim had a good case behind it. Eric Ives ... adroitly makes it. Ives''s skillful and enjoyable narrative stretches beyond the court into the regions, where the willingness or unwillingness of tenants or small freeholders to follow landlords into battle could help determine the occupant of the throne." ( New York Review of Books , April 2010) "Ives did a splendid job of showing that Anne Boleyn was not a pretty face but a serious political player. The chapter on Jane''s imprisonment is particularly moving. The book is ... worth reading, [and] raises[s] important questions... .Ives'' brave ... reading might help achieve a via media. Mary was not evil and Jane not a pawn. [Ives] successfully draw[s] our attention to the amazing fact that the protagonists here are women, both trying to do what no women had ever done before; become a monarch in her own right." ( Times Literary Supplement , February 2010) "This book is written for a reader steeped in English history, particularly the politics of Tudor England, and one who is interested in the fine details of historical truth. For an English History scholar, this book is ... a treasure. The research is meticulous." ( Sacramento Book Review , November 2009) "Ives re-assesses everything. He reconstructs the course of events with meticulous care, combining the conflicting narrative accounts with nuggets from the archives. He analyses the actions and character of each major participant and he comes to some surprising conclusions. His Mary is complex, brittle enough for her enemies to underestimate her, but stubborn enough to cling to her rights and let her dedicated entourage plan her counter-coup. Jane has inspired books, paintings, plays and films, but the mystery and the tragedy of 1553 have never before been so well captured." ( BBC History Magazine , October 2009) "Dr. Eric Ives, in this scholarly and page-turning account of the coup that brought Lady Jane Grey to the throne for a brief reign of nine days, provides the who, what, where, and why of a coup that on paper should have had every chance of succeeding but which ultimately failed. Refusing to rely on long accepted accounts of Lady Jane''s story, Dr. Ives offers a reassessment of this episode in Tudor history to the extent that the reader realizes ''Jane, we hardly knew ye.''" ( Right Book Blog , October 2009) "Ives is not primarily concerned with Lady Jane's personal tragedy. Instead he focuses on the events that led to her being placed on the throne in July 1553, and the collapse of the regime 13 days later. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. Ives'' ... mastery of his sources is unquestionable. Even if some of his conclusions are open to dispute ... the way Ives marshals his evidence is dazzling, and his bold and innovative treatment of a supposedly familiar story is both authoritative and exhilarating." ( Spectator , October 2009) "Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives''s radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." ( Publishers Weekly ) "Ives works to present Lady Jane Grey as a learned, respected, and highly intelligent woman, providing in-depth analysis as he moves through the narrative and ending by summarizing the aftermath of the brief and tragic reign of one of Britain''s least-known sovereigns. This thoroughly researched and engrossing historical analysis will appeal both to biography enthusiasts and to those interested specifically in Tudor history or the history of the monarchy. It is a masterly interpretation of the ''mystery'' of Lady Jane Grey''s ascent to the throne." ( Library Journal )
"A Tudor mystery is brilliantly solved, and the story of one of England's most dangerous crises is thrillingly told... This book, which takes us as close to the truth of these events as is possible, will convince scholars who thought that they knew the story already, and delight general readers." - Susan Brigden , Lincoln College, Oxford "A highly ingenious solution to the mystery of Jane Grey's thirteen-day usurpation of the throne. Ives's research skills are formidable and will make this book essential, if provocative reading." - John Guy "Eric Ives has provided the first full-scale account of one of the most surprising sequences of events in the politics of Tudor England. It is an engrossing tale, here presented in incisive style by a scholar who has an instinctive grasp of how to bring the surprises back to life." - Diarmaid MacCulloch , author of Reformation, Europe's House Divided , and A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
"Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives's radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." Publishers Weekly
"This alone would make Ives'' book an important piece of scholarship; that he wields an extensive array of archival evidence and provides the most detailed account to date of the succession crisis of 1553 makes this a book that no Tudor historian can ignore." ( Journal of the Northern Renaissance , May 2010) "Jane''s claim had a good case behind it. Eric Ives ... adroitly makes it. Ives''s skillful and enjoyable narrative stretches beyond the court into the regions, where the willingness or unwillingness of tenants or small freeholders to follow landlords into battle could help determine the occupant of the throne." ( New York Review of Books , April 2010) "Ives did a splendid job of showing that Anne Boleyn was not a pretty face but a serious political player. The chapter on Jane''s imprisonment is particularly moving. The book is ... worth reading, [and] raises[s] important questions... .Ives'' brave ... reading might help achieve a via media. Mary was not evil and Jane not a pawn. [Ives] successfully draw[s] our attention to the amazing fact that the protagonists here are women, both trying to do what no women had ever done before; become a monarch in her own right." ( Times Literary Supplement , February 2010) "This book is written for a reader steeped in English history, particularly the politics of Tudor England, and one who is interested in the fine details of historical truth. For an English History scholar, this book is ... a treasure. The research is meticulous." ( Sacramento Book Review , November 2009) "Ives re-assesses everything. He reconstructs the course of events with meticulous care, combining the conflicting narrative accounts with nuggets from the archives. He analyses the actions and character of each major participant and he comes to some surprising conclusions. His Mary is complex, brittle enough for her enemies to underestimate her, but stubborn enough to cling to her rights and let her dedicated entourage plan her counter-coup. Jane has inspired books, paintings, plays and films, but the mystery and the tragedy of 1553 have never before been so well captured." ( BBC History Magazine , October 2009) "Dr. Eric Ives, in this scholarly and page-turning account of the coup that brought Lady Jane Grey to the throne for a brief reign of nine days, provides the who, what, where, and why of a coup that on paper should have had every chance of succeeding but which ultimately failed. Refusing to rely on long accepted accounts of Lady Jane''s story, Dr. Ives offers a reassessment of this episode in Tudor history to the extent that the reader realizes ''Jane, we hardly knew ye.''" ( Right Book Blog , October 2009) "Ives is not primarily concerned with Lady Jane’s personal tragedy. Instead he focuses on the events that led to her being placed on the throne in July 1553, and the collapse of the regime 13 days later. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. Ives'' ... mastery of his sources is unquestionable. Even if some of his conclusions are open to dispute ... the way Ives marshals his evidence is dazzling, and his bold and innovative treatment of a supposedly familiar story is both authoritative and exhilarating." ( Spectator , October 2009) "Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives''s radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." ( Publishers Weekly ) "Ives works to present Lady Jane Grey as a learned, respected, and highly intelligent woman, providing in-depth analysis as he moves through the narrative and ending by summarizing the aftermath of the brief and tragic reign of one of Britain''s least-known sovereigns. This thoroughly researched and engrossing historical analysis will appeal both to biography enthusiasts and to those interested specifically in Tudor history or the history of the monarchy. It is a masterly interpretation of the ''mystery'' of Lady Jane Grey''s ascent to the throne." ( Library Journal )
"This alone would make Ives' book an important piece of scholarship; that he wields an extensive array of archival evidence and provides the most detailed account to date of the succession crisis of 1553 makes this a book that no Tudor historian can ignore." (Journal of the Northern Renaissance, May 2010)"Jane's claim had a good case behind it. Eric Ives ... adroitly makes it. Ives's skillful and enjoyable narrative stretches beyond the court into the regions, where the willingness or unwillingness of tenants or small freeholders to follow landlords into battle could help determine the occupant of the throne." (New York Review of Books, April 2010)"Ives did a splendid job of showing that Anne Boleyn was not a pretty face but a serious political player. The chapter on Jane's imprisonment is particularly moving. The book is ... worth reading, [and] raises[s] important questions... .Ives' brave ... reading might help achieve a via media. Mary was not evil and Jane not a pawn. [Ives] successfully draw[s] our attention to the amazing fact that the protagonists here are women, both trying to do what no women had ever done before; become a monarch in her own right." (Times Literary Supplement, February 2010)"This book is written for a reader steeped in English history, particularly the politics of Tudor England, and one who is interested in the fine details of historical truth. For an English History scholar, this book is ... a treasure. The research is meticulous." (Sacramento Book Review, November 2009)"Ives re-assesses everything. He reconstructs the course of events with meticulous care, combining the conflicting narrative accounts with nuggets from the archives. He analyses the actions and character of each major participant and he comes to some surprising conclusions. His Mary is complex, brittle enough for her enemies to underestimate her, but stubborn enough to cling to her rights and let her dedicated entourage plan her counter-coup. Jane has inspired books, paintings, plays and films, but the mystery and the tragedy of 1553 have never before been so well captured." (BBC History Magazine, October 2009)"Dr. Eric Ives, in this scholarly and page-turning account of the coup that brought Lady Jane Grey to the throne for a brief reign of nine days, provides the who, what, where, and why of a coup that on paper should have had every chance of succeeding but which ultimately failed. Refusing to rely on long accepted accounts of Lady Jane's story, Dr. Ives offers a reassessment of this episode in Tudor history to the extent that the reader realizes 'Jane, we hardly knew ye.'" (Right Book Blog, October 2009)"Ives is not primarily concerned with Lady Janers"s personal tragedy. Instead he focuses on the events that led to her being placed on the throne in July 1553, and the collapse of the regime 13 days later. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. Ives' ... mastery of his sources is unquestionable. Even if some of his conclusions are open to dispute ... the way Ives marshals his evidence is dazzling, and his bold and innovative treatment of a supposedly familiar story is both authoritative and exhilarating." (Spectator, October 2009)"Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives's radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." (Publishers Weekly)"Ives works to present Lady Jane Grey as a learned, respected, and highly intelligent woman, providing in-depth analysis as he moves through the narrative and ending by summarizing the aftermath of the brief and tragic reign of one of Britain's least-known sovereigns. This thoroughly researched and engrossing historical analysis will appeal both to biography enthusiasts and to those interested specifically in Tudor history or the history of the monarchy.
"Ives re-assesses everything. He reconstructs the course of events with meticulous care, combining the conflicting narrative accounts with nuggets from the archives. He analyses the actions and character of each major participant and he comes to some surprising conclusions. His Mary is complex, brittle enough for her enemies to underestimate her, but stubborn enough to cling to her rights and let her dedicated entourage plan her counter-coup. Jane has inspired books, paintings, plays and films, but the mystery and the tragedy of 1553 have never before been so well captured." (BBC History Magazine, October 2009)"Ives is not primarily concerned with Lady Jane's personal tragedy. Instead he focusses on the events that led to her being placed on the throne in July 1553, and the collapse of the regime 13 days later. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. Ives' ... mastery of his sources is unquestionable. Even if some of his conclusions are open to dispute ... the way Ives marshals his evidence is dazzling, and his bold and innovative treatment of a supposedly familiar story is both authoritative and exhilarating." (Spectator, October 2009)"Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives's radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." Publishers Weekly
"Ives did a splendid job of showing that Anne Boleyn was not a pretty face but a serious political player. The chapter on Jane's imprisonment is particularly moving. The book is ... worth reading, [and] raises]s] important questions... .Ives' brave ... reading might help acheive a via media. Mary was not evil and Jane not a pawn. [Ives] successfully draw[s] our attention to the amazing fact that the protagonists here are weomen, both trying to do what no women had ever done before; become a monarch in her own right." (Times Literary Supplement, February 2010)"Ives re-assesses everything. He reconstructs the course of events with meticulous care, combining the conflicting narrative accounts with nuggets from the archives. He analyses the actions and character of each major participant and he comes to some surprising conclusions. His Mary is complex, brittle enough for her enemies to underestimate her, but stubborn enough to cling to her rights and let her dedicated entourage plan her counter-coup. Jane has inspired books, paintings, plays and films, but the mystery and the tragedy of 1553 have never before been so well captured." (BBC History Magazine, October 2009)"Dr. Eric Ives, in this scholarly and page-turning account of the coup that brought Lady Jane Grey to the throne for a brief reign of nine days, provides the who, what, where, and why of a coup that on paper should have had every chance of succeeding but which ultimately failed. Refusing to rely on long accepted accounts of Lady Jane's story, Dr. Ives offers a reassessment of this episode in Tudor history to the extent that the reader realizes 'Jane, we hardly knew ye.'" (Right Book Blog (Fairfield Public Library), October 2009)"Ives is not primarily concerned with Lady Jane's personal tragedy. Instead he focusses on the events that led to her being placed on the throne in July 1553, and the collapse of the regime 13 days later. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. Ives' ... mastery of his sources is unquestionable. Even if some of his conclusions are open to dispute ... the way Ives marshals his evidence is dazzling, and his bold and innovative treatment of a supposedly familiar story is both authoritative and exhilarating." (Spectator, October 2009)"Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ives's radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." Publishers Weekly
"Written in a scholarly fashion, with an abundance of family trees, maps and a list of titles and offices, this book is a factual, yet compelling, take on a much covered story. A fascinating tale, this will appeal to both scholars and general readers alike." (Family History Monthly, 1 April 2012) "This is a thoroughly absorbing and ingenious book which will appeal to scholars and general readers alike." ( History Today , June 2010)"This alone would make Ives book an important piece of scholarship; that he wields an extensive array of archival evidence and provides the most detailed account to date of the succession crisis of 1553 makes this a book that no Tudor historian can ignore." ( Journal of the Northern Renaissance , May 2010) "Janes claim had a good case behind it. Eric Ives ... adroitly makes it. Ivess skillful and enjoyable narrative stretches beyond the court into the regions, where the willingness or unwillingness of tenants or small freeholders to follow landlords into battle could help determine the occupant of the throne." ( New York Review of Books , April 2010) "Ives did a splendid job of showing that Anne Boleyn was not a pretty face but a serious political player. The chapter on Janes imprisonment is particularly moving. The book is ... worth reading, [and] raises[s] important questions... .Ives brave ... reading might help achieve a via media. Mary was not evil and Jane not a pawn. [Ives] successfully draw[s] our attention to the amazing fact that the protagonists here are women, both trying to do what no women had ever done before; become a monarch in her own right." ( Times Literary Supplement , February 2010) "This book is written for a reader steeped in English history, particularly the politics of Tudor England, and one who is interested in the fine details of historical truth. For an English History scholar, this book is ... a treasure. The research is meticulous." ( Sacramento Book Review , November 2009) "Ives re-assesses everything. He reconstructs the course of events with meticulous care, combining the conflicting narrative accounts with nuggets from the archives. He analyses the actions and character of each major participant and he comes to some surprising conclusions. His Mary is complex, brittle enough for her enemies to underestimate her, but stubborn enough to cling to her rights and let her dedicated entourage plan her counter-coup. Jane has inspired books, paintings, plays and films, but the mystery and the tragedy of 1553 have never before been so well captured." ( BBC History Magazine , October 2009) "Dr. Eric Ives, in this scholarly and page-turning account of the coup that brought Lady Jane Grey to the throne for a brief reign of nine days, provides the who, what, where, and why of a coup that on paper should have had every chance of succeeding but which ultimately failed. Refusing to rely on long accepted accounts of Lady Janes story, Dr. Ives offers a reassessment of this episode in Tudor history to the extent that the reader realizes Jane, we hardly knew ye." ( Right Book Blog , October 2009) "Ives is not primarily concerned with Lady Jane's personal tragedy. Instead he focuses on the events that led to her being placed on the throne in July 1553, and the collapse of the regime 13 days later. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. Ives ... mastery of his sources is unquestionable. Even if some of his conclusions are open to dispute ... the way Ives marshals his evidence is dazzling, and his bold and innovative treatment of a supposedly familiar story is both authoritative and exhilarating." ( Spectator , October 2009) "Turning traditional scholarship on its ear, Ivess radical reinterpretation is [a] masterfully researched, authoritative and ... seductive read." ( Publishers Weekly ) "Ives works to present Lady Jane Grey as a learned, respected, and highly intelligent woman, providing in-depth analysis as he moves through the narrative and ending by summarizing the aftermath of the brief and tragic reign of one of Britains least-known sovereigns. This thoroughly researched and engrossing historical analysis will appeal both to biography enthusiasts and to those interested specifically in Tudor history or the history of the monarchy. It is a masterly interpretation of the mystery of Lady Jane Greys ascent to the throne." ( Library Journal )
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Lady Jane Grey is the queen England rejected. In July 1553, Edward VI, the heir to Henry VIII, died after only a brief reign as a minor. His death left the Tudor dynasty in turmoil. In the aftermath, Jane Grey was proclaimed queen only to be ousted after thirteen days by Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's bastard daughter. Seven months later she had Jane beheaded.History has portrayed Jane as both a hapless victim of political intrigue and a Protestant martyr, but most of all as an irrelevance, hence the popular but erroneous label, the 'nine days queen'. Revisiting the sources surrounding Jane Grey's upbringing, Eric Ives challenges these views, presenting Jane Grey as an accomplished young woman with a fierce personal integrity, and England's outstanding female scholar. He teases out the complex evidence of the 1553 crisis and dissects the moves and motives of each of the other protagonist: Edward VI himself, feverishly re-writing his will during his dying days; Mary Tudor, the woman who 'won' the crown; John Dudley, Jane's father-in-law, traditionally the villain of the piece, and Henry Grey, her father - the man ultimately responsible for her death. As the story moves through the summer of 1553 to Jane's execution, we see these people as agents in Jane Grey's unfolding tragedy and her eventual moral triumph. The result is a new and compelling dissection by a master historian and storyteller of one of history's most shocking injustices.
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"A highly ingenious solution to the mystery of Jane Grey's thirteen-day usurpation of the throne. Ives's research skills are formidable and will make this book essential, if provocative reading." - John Guy Lady Jane Grey is the queen England rejected and one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. Here, Eric Ives, master historian and storyteller presents a compelling new interpretation of Jane and her role in the accession crisis of 1553, with wide-ranging implications for our understanding of the workings of Tudor politics and the exercise of power in early modern England. Presents a vivid portrait of Lady Jane Grey, one of the least studied figures of English history, depicting Jane as a forceful, educated individual Subjects Jane's writings to an original literary and religious analysis Demonstrates that Edward VI's will gave Jane and her supporters strong legal grounds for her claim to the throne Offers a fresh assessment of other characters involved in the 1553 accession crisis: including Edward VI; Mary Tudor; and John Dudley, the duke of Northumberland Illuminates the inner workings of Tudor politics and the exercise of power in Early Modern England "A Tudor mystery is brilliantly solved, and the story of one of England's most dangerous crises is thrillingly told... This book, which takes us as close to the truth of these events as is possible, will convince scholars who thought that they knew the story already, and delight general readers." -Susan Brigden, Lincoln College, Oxford "Eric Ives has provided the first full-scale account of one of the most surprising sequences of events in the politics of Tudor England. It is an engrossing tale, here presented in incisive style by a scholar who has an instinctive grasp of how to bring the surprises back to life." - Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of Reformation, Europe's House Divided , and A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
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Lady Jane Grey, is one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. In July 1553 the death of the childless Edward VI threw the Tudor dynasty into crisis. On Edward's instructions his cousin Jane Grey was proclaimed queen, only to be ousted 13 days later by his illegitimate half sister Mary and later beheaded. In this radical reassessment, Eric Ives rejects traditional portraits of Jane both as hapless victim of political intrigue or Protestant martyr. Instead he presents her as an accomplished young woman with a fierce personal integrity. The result is a compelling dissection by a master historian and storyteller of one of history's most shocking injustices.
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Lady Jane Grey, is one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. In July 1553 the death of the childless Edward VI threw the Tudor dynasty into crisis. On Edwards instructions his cousin Jane Grey was proclaimed queen, only to be ousted 13 days later by his illegitimate half sister Mary and later beheaded. In this radical reassessment, Eric Ives rejects traditional portraits of Jane both as hapless victim of political intrigue or Protestant martyr. Instead he presents her as an accomplished young woman with a fierce personal integrity. The result is a compelling dissection by a master historian and storyteller of one of history's most shocking injustices.
Main Description
"A highly ingenious solution to the mystery of Jane Grey's thirteen-day usurpation of the throne. Ives's research skills are formidable and will make this book essential, if provocative reading." John Guy. Lady Jane Grey is the queen England rejected and one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. Here, Eric Ives, master historian and storyteller presents a compelling new interpretation of Jane and her role in the accession crisis of 1553, with wide-ranging implications for our understanding of the workings of Tudor politics and the exercise of power in early modern England. Presents a vivid portrait of Lady Jane Grey, one of the least studied figures of English history, depicting Jane as a forceful, educated individual Subjects Jane's writings to an original literary and religious analysis Demonstrates that Edward VI's will gave Jane and her supporters strong legal grounds for her claim to the throne Offers a fresh assessment of other characters involved in the 1553 accession crisis: including Edward VI; Mary Tudor; and John Dudley, the duke of Northumberland Illuminates the inner workings of Tudor politics and the exercise of power in Early Modern England. "A Tudor mystery is brilliantly solved, and the story of one of England's most dangerous crises is thrillingly told. This book, which takes us as close to the truth of these events as is possible, will convince scholars who thought that they knew the story already, and delight general readers." Susan Brigden, Lincoln College, Oxford. "Eric Ives has provided the first full-scale account of one of the most surprising sequences of events in the politics of Tudor England. It is an engrossing tale, here presented in incisive style by a scholar who has an instinctive grasp of how to bring the surprises back to life." Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of Reformation, Europe's House Divided, and A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years.
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Lady Jane Grey is the queen England rejected. In July 1553, Edward VI, the heir to Henry VIII, died after only a brief reign as a minor. His death left the Tudor dynasty in turmoil. In the aftermath, Jane Grey was proclaimed queen only to be ousted after thirteen days by Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's bastard daughter. Seven months later she had Jane beheaded. History has portrayed Jane as both a hapless victim of political intrigue and a Protestant martyr, but most of all as an irrelevance, hence the popular but erroneous label, the 'nine days queen'. Revisiting the sources surrounding Jane Grey's upbringing, Eric Ives challenges these views, presenting Jane Grey as an accomplished young woman with a fierce personal integrity, and England's outstanding female scholar. He teases out the complex evidence of the 1553 crisis and dissects the moves and motives of each of the other protagonists: Edward VI himself, feverishly re-writing his will during his dying days; Mary Tudor, the woman who 'won' the crown; John Dudley, Jane's father-in-law, traditionally the villain of the piece; and her father, Henry Grey. As the story moves through the summer of 1553 to Jane's execution, we see these people as agents in Jane Grey's unfolding tragedy and her eventual moral triumph. The result is a new and compelling dissection by a master historian and storyteller of one of history's most shocking injustices.
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Lady Jane Grey is the queen England rejected and one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. Here, Eric Ives, master historian and storyteller presents a compelling new interpretation of Jane and her role in the accession crisis of 1553.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. x
Titles and Officesp. xii
Figuresp. xv
Mapp. xx
Prologuep. 1
The Scenep. 5
The Year of Three Sovereignsp. 7
In Search of Jane Greyp. 14
Jane Grey in Contextp. 24
The Protagonistsp. 31
A Damnable Inheritancep. 33
Jane the Personp. 42
Family Prioritiesp. 56
A Godly Upbringingp. 68
Father and Daughterp. 77
Sister and Brotherp. 86
John Dudley: The Careerp. 96
John Dudley: The Black Legendp. 107
John Dudley: Motivesp. 114
The Young Kingp. 127
'My Deuise for the Succession'p. 137
King and Ministerp. 150
The Will of a Kingp. 159
Thirteen Daysp. 169
Preparationsp. 171
Jane the Queenp. 183
The Council in Londonp. 191
The March on Framlinghamp. 202
A Second Frontp. 213
The Rebellion of Mary Tudorp. 225
Consequencesp. 239
Every Man for Himselfp. 241
The Towerp. 248
Nemesisp. 261
The River of Jordanp. 271
Afterlifep. 278
Envoip. 293
Notesp. 294
Bibliographical Abbreviationsp. 343
Indexp. 354
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