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5.0 out of 5 stars An innocent pawn, 12 Aug. 2013
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In the year of 1537 two babies were born. One, the long awaited son of a king, the other a girl, named Jane Grey.

Before reading this novel, all I knew of Jane Grey was that she had been queen for 9 days after Edward VI defied his fathers will, naming Jane Grey as his successor rather than his older sister Mary. Edward, fearful of his sisters Catholic beliefs, realised that Mary succeeding him would undo the Reformation therefore the only way was to exclude her from the succession and name her a bastard. However, doing this to Mary meant that technically his other sister Elizabeth, was also a bastard and would not be able to succeed him. Therefore the crown would have to go to Henry VIII's sister Mary Tudor's heirs- her granddaughter Lady Jane Grey.

Like many young women of the time, Jane Grey was a girl destined from birth to be a pawn in her parents ambitions. Cruelly treated by her parents and then her husband, it is difficult to not feel pity for her. She becomes queen against her will and better judgement, until Mary the rightful heir takes the crown after only 9 days. Jane, who was an innocent party in the treachery, paid the ultimate price for her parent's ambitions, reflecting the bloody period of the time marking the beginning of 'Bloody Mary's' reign.
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