Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey

Pegasus Books #ad - 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. Furthermore, in fact, the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements and her religious faith has, 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.

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey #ad - While this is doubtlessly true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane’s story. A significant retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Lady Jane Grey's journey through her trial and execution—recalling the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which she became involuntarily tangled, and which ultimately led to a catastrophic conclusion.

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. 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, in fact, " but her reign lasted, for thirteen days.


Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy that Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court

Pegasus Books #ad -  . However, 1578, on the morning of September 21st, Lettice made a fateful decision. When the queen learned of it, the consequences were swift. Favorite, foe, rival—a gripping tale of the countess who dared cross a queen amidst the dangerous intrigues of Elizabethan England. Knowing that she would likely earn the Queen’s enmity, Lettice married Leicester in secret, leading to her permanent banishment from court.

She had become not just Queen Elizabeth’s adversary. She was her rival. Lettice had dared to marry without the Queen’s consent. But worse, her new husband was Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the Queen’s favorite and one-time suitor. Though she would not marry him herself, Elizabeth was fiercely jealous of any woman who showed an interest in Leicester.

Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy that Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court #ad - A kinswoman to elizabeth i, Lettice Knollys had begun the Queen’s glittering reign basking in favor and success. It was an honor that she would enjoy for two decades. But the countess’ story does not end there. Surviving the death of two husbands and navigating the courts of three very different monarchs: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Charles I, Lettice’s story offers an extraordinary and intimate perspective on the world she lived in.

Elizabeth never forgave the new Countess for what she perceived to be a devastating betrayal, and Lettice permanently forfeited her favor.


The Tudor Murder Files

Pen and Sword History #ad - Featuring tales of domestic slaughter, as well as murder mysteries worthy of Agatha Christie, sexual intrigue and cunning assassinations, the book vividly brings to life the violent crime wave that gripped the 16th century both at home and abroad. In the tudor age the murder rate was five times higher than it is today.

. Enter a world in which stabbings were rife, guns were used to kill victims for the first time and in which culprits frequently escaped justice. From the dark days of henry viii to the turbulent times of Shakespeare, James Moore’s new book is the first to chart the period’s most gripping murder cases in all their grizzly detail.

The Tudor Murder Files #ad - The book also reveals just how severe some of the penalties could be, with gruesome punishments for those who dared to commit the gravest of crimes. Discover how one murderer was gruesomely ‘pressed to death’, another boiled alive for poisoning his victims and meet some of history’s most notorious serial killers, including one considered so barbaric she was labelled a vampire.

Now, in this unique true crime guide, the Tudor Murder Files reveals just how bloody and brutal this fascinating era really was.


Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII

Simon & Schuster #ad - By illuminating catherine’s entwined upstairs/downstairs world as well as societal tensions beyond the palace walls, Russell offers a fascinating portrayal of court life in the sixteenth century and a fresh analysis of the forces beyond Catherine’s control that led to her execution. Sixteen months later, she would follow her cousin Anne Boleyn to the scaffold, having been convicted of adultery and high treason.

Unlike previous biographies, a milieu that includes the aristocrats and, most critically, london and sheds new light on her rise and downfall by showing her in her context, the servants who surrounded her and who, Gareth Russell’s “excellent account puts the oft-ignored Catherine in her proper historical context” Daily Mail, which portray her as a naïve victim of an ambitious family, in the end, conspired against her.

Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII #ad - This account changes our understanding of one of history’s most famous women while telling the compelling and very human story of complex individuals attempting to survive in a dangerous age. The broad outlines of catherine’s career might be familiar, but her story up until now has been incomplete. Written with an exciting combination of narrative flair and historical authority, catherine howard, is “a stunning achievement” The Sunday Times, suspenseful, and illuminating” Charlotte Gordon, this biography of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, sympathetic, and “a masterly work of Tudor history that is engrossing, London, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.

On the morning of july 28, 1540, a teenager named Catherine Howard began her reign as queen of an England simmering with rebellion and terrifying uncertainty. Including a forgotten text of catherine’s confession in her own words, color illustrations, Young and Damned and Fair is “a gripping account of a young woman’s future destroyed by forces beyond her control…an important and timely book” Amanda Foreman, and extensive notes, family tree, author of Georgiana, map, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire.


Rival Sisters: Mary & Elizabeth Tudor

#ad - It is the relationship between elizabeth and her Scottish cousin Mary Stuart that is often discussed and pondered over while the relationship between Elizabeth and her own half sister is largely forgotten. Mary’s reign was the darkest period in Elizabeth’s life. Partners both in throne and grave, here rest we two sisters Elizabeth and Mary, in the hope of one resurrection.

This inscription is visible on the tomb where elizabeth I and her half sister, Mary I, lie buried together in one vault in the North Aisle of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey. I stood in danger of my life, my sister was so incensed against me, ” Elizabeth reminded her councillors when they pressed her to name a successor.

Rival Sisters: Mary & Elizabeth Tudor #ad - It is time to tell the whole story of the fierce rivalry between the Tudor half sisters who became their father’s successors. Yet it is the relationship with Mary Tudor that forged Elizabeth’s personality and set her on the path to queenship.


The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s

Diversion Books #ad - The studio heads, longtime controllers of public perception, were desperate to keep such juicy details from leaking. With the complete support of the astor family, the purples diaries is a look at Hollywood’s Golden Age as it has never been seen before, including unlimited access to the photographs and memorabilia of Mary Astor’s estate, as Egan spins a wildly absorbing yarn about a scandal that threatened to bring down the dream factory known as Hollywood.

She was born poor, and at the first sign that she could earn money, her parents grabbed the reins and the checks. Franklyn Thorpe. Astor and thorpe were both ruthless in their fight to gain custody of their daughter, but Thorpe held a trump card: the diaries that Mary Astor had been keeping for years. With the economy picking up after the great depression, Americans everywhere were sitting in the dark watching the stars—and few stars shined as brightly as one of America’s most enduring screen favorites, Mary Astor.

The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s #ad - But astor’s story wasn’t a happy one. In these diaries, astor detailed her own affairs as well as the myriad dalliances of some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Widowed at twenty-four, Mary Astor was looking for stability when she met and wed Dr. But the marriage was rocky from the start; both were unfaithful, but they did not divorce until after Mary Astor gave birth to little Marylyn Thorpe.

What followed was a custody battle that pushed The Spanish Civil War and Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games off of the front pages all over America.


Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum

Pen and Sword Social History #ad - From fresh research into the Broadmoor archives, Mark has uncovered the lost lives of patients whose mental illnesses led them to become involved in crime. A fascinating introduction to the history of Broadmoor’: Kate Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. Christiana edmunds, The Chocolate Cream Poisoner and frustrated lover from Brighton.

In broadmoor revealed, mark Stevens writes about what life was like for the criminally insane, over one hundred years ago. William chester minor, veteran of the American Civil War who went on to play a key part in the first Oxford English Dictionary. As well as bringing the lives of forgotten patients to light, this thrilling book reveals new perspectives on some of the hospital's most famous Victorian residents: Edward Oxford, the bar boy who shot at Queen Victoria.

Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum #ad - Richard dadd, the brilliant artist and murderer of his own father. Broadmoor’s first patients had arrived. Find out how several Victorian immigrants ended their hopeful journeys toEngland in madness and disaster. Broadmoor revealed became the most popular history e-book of 2011, and now this new expanded and revised edition celebrates the Hospital's 150th anniversary.

Discover the five women who went on to become mothers in Broadmoor, giving birth to new life when three of them had previously taken it. And follow the numerous escapes, actual and attempted, as the first doctors tried to assert control over the residents.


Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

Wiley-Blackwell #ad - 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. Lady jane grey, is one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. In this radical reassessment, Eric Ives rejects traditional portraits of Jane both as hapless victim of political intrigue or Protestant martyr.

In july 1553 the death of the childless Edward VI threw the Tudor dynasty into crisis. On edward's instructions his cousin Jane Grey was proclaimed queen, only to be ousted 13 days later by his illegitimate half sister Mary and later beheaded.


The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty

Grove Press #ad - Drawing on original material from those closest to them—courtiers like the “groom of the stool, ” a much-coveted position, surprisingly—Borman examines Tudor life in fine detail. England’s tudor monarchs—henry vii, edward vi, henry VIII, Mary I, and Elizabeth I—are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history.

But for all we know about henry’s quest for male heirs, or Elizabeth’s purported virginity, the lives of the Tudor monarchs away from the public eye remain largely beyond our grasp, mostly not chronicled by previous historians. In the private lives of the tudors, acclaimed historian Tracy Borman delves deep behind the public face of the monarchs, showing us what their lives were like beyond the stage of the court.

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty #ad - . Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturning of the religious order are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship. What did the monarchs eat? what clothes did they wear, schoolrooms, and cared for? how did they wield power? when sick, and bedrooms at court, The Private Lives of the Tudors charts the course of the entire dynasty, bought, bathrooms, sexual lives, upbringing, and how were they designed, and taking us into the kitchens, and how did they give birth to the all-important heirs?Exploring their education, how were they treated? What games did they play? How did they practice their faith? And whom did they love, surfacing new and fascinating insights into these celebrated figures.


The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic was Lost

Casemate #ad - Senate investigation in washington, questioned, and ultimately the British Board of Trade Inquiry in London, and judged, until the truth of what actually happened aboard the Titanic, where the actions of each captain are probed, the Carpathia and the Californian is revealed. Daniel allen butler, distant victory: the battle of jutland and the allied triumph in the first World War, a maritime and military historian, is the bestselling author of “Unsinkable”: The Full Story of RMS Titanic, and The First Jihad: The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam.

. After every disaster, someone has something to hide. A few minutes before midnight on april 14, on her maiden voyage to New York, 1912, the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic, struck an iceberg. While the world has remained fascinated by the tragedy, the most amazing drama of those fateful hours was not played out aboard the doomed liner.

After years of research, moving from ship to ship on the icy waters of the North Atlantic—in real-time—to recount how hundreds of people could have been rescued, Daniel Allen Butler now tells this incredible story, but in the end only a few outside of the meager lifeboats were saved. Their actions in the hours and days that followed would become the stuff of legend, as one would choose to take his ship into dangerous waters to answer the call for help, while the other would decide that the hazard to himself and his command was too great to risk responding.

The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic was Lost #ad - It took place on the decks of two other ships, one fifty-eight miles distant from the sinking Titanic, the other barely ten miles away. He is an internationally recognized authority on maritime subjects and a popular guest-speaker for several cruise lines. The masters of the steamships carpathia and californian, Captain Arthur Rostron and Captain Stanley Lord, were informed within minutes of each other that their vessels had picked up the distress signals of a sinking ship.