Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey By Nicola Tallis


ON A BITTERLY cold February night, within the thick and gloomy walls of the Tower of London, a young girl, aged just seventeen, awaited her execution on the morrow.

You guys are probably starting to see the pattern on my blog now and if you haven’t then this is a review on a Medieval history non-fiction book. I actually first sure and heard about this book on Lil’s YouTube Channel (Lil’s Vintage World) and knew there and then that this was definitely a book I would like to read and review for my blog. I was so intrigued by this book that I got in touch with the publisher Michael O’Mara and they were kind enough to send me a copy. So, once again I would like to thank Laura at Michael O’Mara for being so kind and sending me a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey was written by Nicola Tallis and was first published in 2016. The book centres on (Official Blurb): “Jane is known to history as “the Nine Days Queen”, but her reign lasted, in fact, for thirteen days. The human and emotional aspects of her story have often been ignored, although she is remembered as one of the Tudor Era’s most tragic victims. While this is doubtlessly true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane’s story. She was a remarkable individual with a charismatic personality who earned the admiration and affection of many of those who knew her. All were impressed by her wit, passion, intelligence, and determined spirit. 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 the reformed faith – – Protestantism – – and ultimately became a Martyr for it. Crown of Blood is an important and significant retelling of an often – misunderstood tale: set at the time of Jane’s downfall and following her journey through to her trial and execution, each chapter moves between the past and the “present”, using a rich abundance of primary source material (some of which has never been published) in order to paint a vivid picture of Jane’s short and turbulent life. This dramatic narrative traces the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which Jane became involuntarily tangled – – and which ultimately led to a shocking and catastrophic conclusion.”

First of all I would like to say that Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey was a well-written and well-researched and an overall brilliant first book by Nicola Tallis. Crown of Blood is a detailed and compelling account of the tragic young life of Lady Jane Grey. This biography explores Jane’s eventful and tragic life in such detail.

This book is presented in a way that made the whole reading process an enjoyable and easy read. All of the information, research and facts within this book were well presented, interesting and mostly definitely relevant. I have always been intrigued and fascinating by Lady Jane Grey and this book was absolutely brilliant when it came to learning more about her short, tragic and fascinating life. Crown of Blood is one of the best books that I have read on the history of the Nine Day Queen – Lady Jane Grey.

Throughout the whole of this book Nicola Tallis writes a thoroughly compelling, fascinating and tragic account of a young woman’s life and how her being born in the wrong place and at the wrong time can and did have such tragic and damaging consequences on her future and fate.

THERE IS A time to be born and a time to die, and the day of our death is better than the day of our birth. These poignant words were those of the seventeen-year-old Lady Jane Grey, immortalized for posterity in the pages of the exquisitely decorated prayer book that she treasured until her final moments.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest and/or love of this subject, period of English history and historical figures involved or to anyone who wants to learn more about the important and fascinating woman who was known as the Nine Day Queen.


The edition was published by Michael O’Mara (2016)

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