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Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey

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Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey

In NINE DAYS A QUEEN, author Ann Rinaldi brings to life the fascinating story of Lady Jane Grey. In the opening of the novel Lady Jane Grey is a young girl of nine who is living with her parents, the Duke and Duchess Suffolk. Jane had two younger sisters, Catherine and Mary. Later that same year, in 1546, Jane is sent to court to live with Queen Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. She is to learn important social skills that govern life at the Royal Court.

Jane's parents were very cruel and mistreated her. This is why she is pleased when Thomas Seymour, Catherine Parr's second husband, invites Jane to live with them. Her father agrees to the arrangement and Jane spends several happy years living in their home. When Catherine becomes ill after giving birth and dies, Jane's life changes for the worse.

Jane is treated as a pawn in her parents' quest for power. She is betrothed to Guildford Dudley even though she does not like him. Jane's parents, along with Guildford's parents, have formed a plan to ensure that Jane will become Queen of England. They succeed with their plan and Jane serves as Queen for nine days before being overthrown. The second half of the novel is filled with exciting twists and turns. Even though Lady Jane Grey only lives to the age of sixteen, her life is filled with more drama and excitement than most people will ever experience.

History will come to life for readers of NINE DAYS A QUEEN. Lady Jane Grey led a life filled with privilege and emotional pain. Her heartbreaking life story will stay with the reader long after he or she puts the book down.

Reviewed by Renee Kirchner on October 18, 2011

Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey
by Ann Rinaldi

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2005
  • Genres: Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0060549238
  • ISBN-13: 9780060549237