UK publication news about ‘Crown of Blood’ by Nicola Tallis


The 462nd anniversary of Jane’s death is a fitting date for the confirmation of the UK publication of a new biography.

Nicola Tallis has told me that ‘Crown of Blood’ will be published by Michael O’Mara in the autumn (date to be confirmed). It will be published in the USA by Pegasus.

‘Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same’. These were the heartbreaking words of a seventeen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Minutes later her head was struck from her body with a single stroke of a heavy axe, and her soul winged its way to the Protestant heaven in which she had so vehemently believed. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world, and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to a crown that the axe could fall at any time.

Jane is known to history as ‘the Nine Days Queen’, and while her story has been told, historians often ignore the human and emotional aspects of it. Furthermore the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements and her religious faith has in fact further obscured the real Jane, a young religious radical who saw herself as an advocate of Protestantism, and ultimately became a martyr for her faith. Crown of Blood is an important and significant retelling of an often misread tale: set at the time of Jane’s fall and following her journey through to her trial and execution, each chapter moves between the past and the ‘present’ in order to unravel the grim tapestry of Lady Jane Grey’s life, and chart the deadly intrigues that led inexorably to its horrific and searing climax.’

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Further details – Andrew Lownie Literacy Agency website.

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12th February – 462nd Anniversary of the execution of Lady Jane


Events by Place – Tower of London


Plaque commemorating Jane, Guildford, Henry, Duke of Suffolk and others in St Peter ad Vincula. (c) Lara Eakins

Plaque commemorating Jane, Guildford, Henry, Duke of Suffolk and others in St Peter ad Vincula.
(c) Lara Eakins


Prayer book message to Sir John Brydges


(c) British Library

(c) British Library


Moments before her execution, Lady Jane made the customary scaffold speech.


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11th February – Farewell Messages


In the days before the execution, Lady Jane composed a farewell message to her father and a letter to her sister, Katherine.



Farewell Message to her Father


(c) British Library

(c) British Library


Farewell Letter to Katherine Grey


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Books 2016 – on sale today – Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle (paperback) – 11 Feb


11 February 2016 – Watch The Lady (Paperback) by Elizabeth Fremantle


(c) Penguin

(c) Penguin


‘Penelope Devereux is a legendary beauty in the court of Elizabeth I, with a smile that would light up the shadows of hell. But it’s not just her looks which have won her favour with the Queen wing; her canny instinct for being in the right place at the right time, and her skilled political manoeuvrings under the guise of diplomacy, have rendered her a formidable adversary to anyone who stands in her path.

Including Elizabeth.

For Penelope must secure the future of the Devereux dynasty at whatever cost. Even treason. And the Queen, a woman she holds responsible for the death of her father, the exile of her mother and her failure to marry the one man she ever truly loved, is just one more pawn in a deadly game. Walking the knife-edge of court, whilst ensuring that her reckless brother Essex remains the only star in the Queen’s firmament – and out of the Tower – Penelope must plan for the inevitable succession of an ailing monarch.

But her secret letters of friendship to a foreign King – one who has a strong claim to the English throne – could see her illustrious family in the gutter and her own head on the block. It would only take a single mistake, a slip of the tongue, an intercepted message for Penelope to become the architect of her downfall.

In a world where sister is turned against brother, husband against wife, courtier against queen, the rules of the game are forever changing.’

From Amazon.co.uk

Further details – Elizabeth Fremantle

Further details – Amazon.co.uk


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February 1554 – Lady Jane’s conference with Dr Feckenham


Both de Lisle and Ives agree that Jane wanted her dialogue with Feckenham to be published, ‘Given the little time she had to write between his final visit and the end, this says much of her determination that her death should have meaning. (p.257, Ives)

De Lisle suggests that perhaps ‘Jane had not forgotten Anne Askew, burned for heresy by Henry VIII in 1546, and whose arguments with her persecutors had been recorded for posterity. Jane intended to preserve the best of her exchanges also.’ (p.146, de Lisle)


Lady Jane’s conference with Dr Feckenham


Sources

De Lisle, L. (2009) The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey, Harper Collins.

Ives, E. (2009) Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell.


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