If you have read any books on Mary's reign it is well known that no one expected her to succeed. Edward's deathbed reworking of the succession to omit his bastard half-sisters in favor of his cousin Jane has long been viewed as a vile coup instigated by Jane's powerful father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland. Ives concludes that the execution of Lady Jane was nothing short of an act of judicial murder, likely Mary acting out of panic after Wyatt's Rebellion, in which the object had not even been to restore Jane but to put Elizabeth on the throne. Inheritance rights were a serious matter, and to authorize the transfer of the crown to an acknowledged bastard would have set a dangerous precedent. If you are looking for an in-depth analysis of the brief reign of Jane Grey and the events leading up to it, stop. The tale of Lady Jane grew to legendary proportions in popular culture, producing romantic biographies, novels, plays, paintings, and films, one of which was the 1986 production , starring. I simply don't know enough about that time or its main players to grasp what was going on.
Although Ives spends a little too much time describing minute details of each piece of relevant correspondence, his analysis of Jane, Edward, Mary and Northumberland's characters and motivations is fascinating and convincing. One, she was the sixth largest landowner in England and had many loyal retainers. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode. The chapters that I particularly praise are those dealing with the Device for the Succession and Mary's rebellion. Ives is passionate, exceedingly knowledgeable, and thoroughly argues Lady Jane's case in this book.
He was particularly noted for his work on the life of , the second wife and queen of King. 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. However, there is no clear evidence for that outside Norfolk and Suffolk, where Northumberland had put down Kett's Rebellion; hence, where princess Mary sought refuge. The result is a compelling dissection by a master historian and storyteller of one of history s most shocking injustices. Instead he presents her as an accomplished young woman with a fierce personal integrity. On 24 November 1955, as part of , he was commissioned into the Education Branch of the as a.
I also learned that Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury was also convicted of treason at that same trial as were Jane's husband Guildford, and Guildford's brothers - John, Henry , Ambrose and Robert. His death left the Tudor dynasty in turmoil. 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. I am not entirely convinced by that argument, as, although Parliament was not above the King, it was not necessarily the case that the King was above the law, although this was undoubtedly a murky area, not tested until the Civil War. Lady Jane Grey : A Tudor Mystery Author s : Share Lady Jane Grey, is one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history.
She had a legal right to the throne, succeeded lawfully, and was usurped by Mary Tudor. The historical consensus assumes that this was in recognition of overwhelming support of the population for Mary. Okay, for the text of the book. He has written widely on Tudor history, the history of law, and on the development of modern higher education. He attempts to make a case that it was legally impossible for either Mary or Elizabeth to inherit the crown because they were both bastards.
After just one chapter, I have given up on this book. Ives never claimed to be writing a biography. Haven't been tempted by her novels yet, though! Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists. The Duke of Northumberland was executed on 22 August 1553. The book could have been a joint title of Mary and Jane, since the two subjects have to be dealt with extensively to understand the other. I graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1979 having majored in drama and creative writing. The clear inference he draws is that the Privy Council just could not encompass the thought that Mary might rebel and therefore did not prepare thoroughly to circumvent it, rather than that they themselves were half-hearted.
Lady Jane Grey, is one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. Plus, it uses really long words. She had a legal right to the throne, succeeded lawfully, and was usurped by Mary Tudor. Now good people, while I am alive, I pray you to assist me with your prayers. I've read many books on the Tudor times, but haven't read much on Lady Jane. Henry repeatedly changed his mind about the succession. I'll spare you all the details but will admit that I took notes on the text it was so compelling.
Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery rapidly introduces you to the Tudor world, then just throws you in, into the deep end. Eric Ives is so respected, wrote an excellent book on the subject but still felt compelled to discuss that. In this radical reassessment, Eric Ives rejects traditional portraits of Jane both as hapless victim of political intrigue or Protestant martyr. But her family, ambitious and useless, revolted against the queen in Jane's name, while Jane was Mary's prisoner and Mary was left with no choice but to kill the ex-claimant. According to Henry, Mary was next, this is true. How he can legally or logically come to this conclusion defies logic and ruins any and all proof he puts forward to substantiate this claim. Seymour's brother, the , , felt threatened by Thomas' popularity with the young King Edward.
This brings Lady Jane Grey t I've read many books on the Tudor times, but haven't read much on Lady Jane. So, maybe I'll tackle this book again after I watch The Tudors, read The Other Boleyn Girl. This rendering is supported by a couple recent historical documentaries I've seen, plus the reading of earlier fourteenth century history when I was shocked to see how many of the marauding kings were actually teenagers. Easily could have been finished in a day or two, but just wasn't the quality I'd expect from Ives. A superbly crafted account of the life of one of the most tragic Queens; nine day Queen, Jane Grey. The result is a major reinterpretation of this brief but exciting episode.