Nine Days a Queen The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey I had freckles I had sandy hair I was too short Would my feet even touch the ground if I sat on the throne These are the words of lady Jane Grey as imagined by celebrated author Ann Rinaldi Jane woul

  • Title: Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey
  • Author: Ann Rinaldi
  • ISBN: 9780060549251
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • I had freckles.I had sandy hair I was too short.Would my feet even touch the ground if I sat on the throne These are the words of lady Jane Grey, as imagined by celebrated author Ann Rinaldi Jane would become Queen of England for only nine days before being beheaded at the age of sixteen Here is a breathtaking story of English royalty with its pageantry, privilege, andI had freckles.I had sandy hair I was too short.Would my feet even touch the ground if I sat on the throne These are the words of lady Jane Grey, as imagined by celebrated author Ann Rinaldi Jane would become Queen of England for only nine days before being beheaded at the age of sixteen Here is a breathtaking story of English royalty with its pageantry, privilege, and surprising cruelty As she did in her previous novel Mutiny s Daughter, Ms Rinaldi uses powerful, evocative writing to bring to life a teenage girl caught in the grip of stirring times.

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    About "Ann Rinaldi"

    1. Ann Rinaldi

      Ann Rinaldi b August 27, 1934, in New York City is a young adult fiction author She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father s House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons She has written a total of forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was listed as one the best novels of the preceding twenty five years, and later of the last one hundred years She is the most prolific writer for the Great Episode series, a series of historical fiction novels set during the American Colonial era She also writes for the Dear America series.Rinaldi currently lives in Somerville, New Jersey, with her husband, Ron, whom she married in 1960 Her career, prior to being an author, was a newspaper columnist She continued the column, called The Trentonian, through much of her writing career Her first published novel, Term Paper, was written in 1979 Prior to this, she wrote four unpublished books, which she has called terrible She became a grandmother in 1991.Rinaldi says she got her love of history from her eldest son, who brought her to reenactments She says that she writes young adult books because I like to write them.

    560 thoughts on “Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey”

    1. This story was interesting to read because of how overshadowed Lady Jane Gray is in history compared to her relatives. I’d always heard about her reigning for a short time after King Edward, but I never realized how young she was when she died or how she had a claim to the throne. The book is written in an entertaining first-person fashion that gets the reader to sympathize with Jane and understand how she may have felt about being a pawn in several men’s ambitions for power. Overall, it was [...]


    2. Cousin to the child King, Lady Jane Grey at a young age decided she would never want to be Queen. Watching her friends, her cousins, playing with them, she always knew she was fourth in line for the crown, but even with King Edward sick and dying she always thought Princess Mary would take the throne. Amazed to discover herself 15 years old, and left without anyone she could truly trust, her parents married her to Guildford Dudley and then thrust her on the throne and declared, after King Edward [...]


    3. The English court was a dangerous place in the 1500s - lots of heads became separated from necks for what seemed like minor issues to me, and poor Lady Jane Grey was caught up in the intrigues of powerful men through no fault of her own. I suppose growing up in this sort of environment may force someone to mature more quickly than growing up in the 20th and 21st centuries, however I couldn’t quite believe some of the maturity attributed to Jane, especially even before she became a teenager - a [...]



    4. This novel is a historical young adult fiction novel about the short reign and life of Lady Jane Grey. It is written as a journal, with the story told by Lady Jane. It follows her ascension to the throne, her reign of nine days, and then her eventual execution. I really enjoyed this novel, but I did not enjoy some of the characterizations and the ending. I felt that Rinaldi may have taken too many liberties with the personalities portrayed, and I did not think it was at all realistic to have it [...]


    5. I read this novel in record speed. I literally could not put it down and am thankful that it was relatively short, or I would have readily foregone experiencing my stay in London. It was an enjoyable coming-of-age read, though I’m not sure if it was the author’s doing or if it was just a fascinating story in and of itself to begin with. I found Lady Jane to be such an interesting character--not just a perpetual damsel in distress. She had an opinion and a voice unlike her generation. Her not [...]


    6. I have read a few Ann Rinaldi books, but this was not one of my favorites. I can't tell if it's because this is the first one I've read outside of my childhood or because I no longer care for her writing style. It has been a while since I've read anything of hers. I finished it through because this subject fascinates me, but the writing was just so-so and this was the first time that I didn't consider Jane Grey interesting at all. I think her narrative voice, the way Rinaldi wrote it, was very b [...]


    7. "The short life and reign of Lady Jane Grey" sums up the book in one sentence. My only problem with the book, was the lack of mentioning what year they were in. I had to guess or search it on the Internet.



    8. The dream of wanting to be a princess not so good. Little girls should be taught the truth, that it would be a nightmare.


    9. 4.5 starsIt was refreshing and interesting to read a book based on Lady Jane Grey. She had been so overshadowed in history, and her sad nine days reign as queen was so overlooked, with no one even flinching over the fact of how she was so cruelly disposed of by her cousin Mary for a throne she never desired. What I really liked about this book is how the story and life of Jane were told through her perspective, and how every historical fact was portrayed through Jane’s own thoughts, making the [...]


    10. The story of Jane Grey always gets to me and I was delighted with how accurate with history Ann Rinaldi's novel kept. Such a heartbreaking tale. This might make rather a nice counterpoint for a young lady who always dreamed of being a princess as she gets a bit older. Although, you may have to explain just what happens at the end.


    11. *SPOILER ALERT* Lady Jane Grey was a nine year old girl living with her parents, who were the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk. She also had two little sisters, Catherine and Mary. Her life was always criticized by her mother. Jane loved to read, and was a very smart girl for her age of only nine, but the way she was taught was the way she had to do things. She was not treated very well, her parents were the ones that harmed her in any way. One day the messenger came to give her parents something fro [...]





    12. Rinaldi does a good job of conjuring up the atmosphere of the period in this retelling of the sad story of Lady Jane Grey. She tells the story from Jane's perspective, and keeps by-and-large to the historical facts, with necessary embellishments and invention given that this is a novel, not a history book. Not to say that students of the period wouldn't benefit from reading this book. Dry historical accounts rarely do a good job of putting you in the mind of those who lived at the time. It takes [...]


    13. Just the other day, this little book on Tudor England in the juvenile fiction department of the library called out to me. It’s not a genre I particularly read, but since I was on the heels of having completed Bring Up the Bodies, what was I to do?!It’s a sad, often times, heart-wrenching story about the young, tragic life of Lady Jane Gray, who inherited the throne after King Edward’s death. Jane was his second cousin and she tells the story.She ruled England for nine days at the age of fi [...]


    14. Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for nine days at the age of fifteen before being executed for treason, narrates her story beginning at age nine. Unloved by her parents, young Jane had an unhappy and lonely childhood. Sent to court at age nine, she finally gained happiness as a maid of honor to Queen Katharine, wife of King Henry VIII. After the king dies, Jane remains a member of Katharine's household, but even that happiness is lost when Katharine dies in childbirth after remarrying. R [...]


    15. Nine Days a Queen follows the short life and reign of Lady Jane Grey. The book is told in first person as she grows up in the court of King Henry VIII and the course of events which lead her to be crowned the Queen of England. Although the first person narration makes for obvious flaws in the end of the book, it allows for genuine character connection. For being such a light, quick read, I was surprised at how deeply Nine Days a Queen impacted me. I was not expecting something so historically en [...]


    16. For me, this was going to be just another amazing Ann Rinaldi book to read. I was right, but I also learned a lot. After watch the movie, "The Other Boleyn Sister", I was kind of fascinated about the Tudors. I didn't know women could have such power over men that long ago. I had already learned about Henry VIII, and his many wives in school, but didn't know the real story about the beheading of Anne Boleyn. I also already knew about "Bloody Mary" and the great Queen Elizabeth I. This book helped [...]


    17. Ann Rinaldi’s Nine Days a Queen was pretty good. As a historical novel, I felt that Rinaldi did a magnificent job adhering to the facts and then, in her words, “fictionalized some of the events for the sake of the story, and interpreted others to tighten [the] plot.” Far from a “costume novel” this plot was directly tied to historical events. While the dialogue and some of the events were imagined by the author, I felt that she did all within her power to depict them as historically ac [...]


    18. Nine Days a QueenI simply could not get enough of this story and this book! I finished it in one evening, and was not ready to put it down. Young Jane Grey was just a pawn in a twisted game for power and the crown. Beaten to perfection and poise, and being betrayed by loved ones, she learned to trust no one as she grew closer in line to inherit the crown. She is forced to go to court, marry an unwanted suitor, and eventually take the crown. I became attached to Jane quickly, and found myself wor [...]


    19. This was easily my favorite of the books we have read thus far in this class. Ann Rinaldi did a great job of simply telling the story. She was able to write the book in a way that would surely captivate young readers, and that kept my attention as well. This book was an easy read, which I appreciated. “Nine Days A Queen” had the perfect balance of love, challenge, reality, and entertainment. Courage was certainly a prominent theme in this story. Jane was constantly being told to “be brave [...]


    20. Jane is mistreated by her parents. Beaten when she doesn't obey. They have an agenda: they want to see Jane married to the King's son. The power and influence of their family will then be secure. Jane becomes a mere pawn in a game of power. She tries to assert herself, but fails. Through the ill-guided endeavours of her power-hungry family, Jane looses her head (literally).What I thought: If you've ever seen the 1986 film Lady Jane, Rinaldi's superbly researched account of Jane Grey's life will [...]


    21. This is the story of Jane Grey, the young girl who was made queen of England through the political machinations of her father-in-law, but only lasted for nine days. She was eventually executed at the Tower of London. Even though I could tell you a lot of things that I didn't like about this book, overall I came away having really enjoyed it. It was a little sparse on character development, and made some huge assumptions about character motivation (although, I didn't mind since this is historical [...]


    22. Nine Days a Queen is a historical fiction about Lady Jane Grey - we see her as she grows from childhood and advances into young womanhood and eventually Queen. For nine days, quite obviously. This historical novel was quite the page turner. I believe that, had I read it as a young teenager, it would have become one of my favorites. As it is, I am no longer in those years, but I still found the novel as a whole enjoyable and a quick easy read. Lady Jane Grey is a very relatable character for youn [...]


    23. This dramatic novel of historical fiction opens in 1537. Lady Jane Grey, the great-granddaughter of King Henry VII, is fifth in line for the English throne. Jane grows up in luxury, but her politically ambitious parents (the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk), make her life miserable;they are predators who pursue wealth, power and successful people.Jane is asked to the court of King Henry VIII (married to his sixth wife, Katherine Parr). Katherine makes Jane feel welcome.After King Henry's death, Jane [...]


    24. Nine Days a Queen was a surprisingly good read. Typically the idea of reading a historical novel is enough to put one to sleep, but this book flowed nicely throughout its entirety. Lady Jane Grey tells the story of her death, which seems absurd to hear a story from a dead person, but it somehow works for this novel. It was a concept that I did not even consider until the end, but still was not bothered by it. Lady Jane is manipulated and controlled her entire life by her friends and family to be [...]


    25. This is the story of Lady Jane Grey and her path to becoming Queen, for nine days. She is a young girl controlled by the adults around her because she has the potential and possibility of becoming the Queen of England, so a lot is expected of her. She is required to grow up quickly and ultimately, is forced to be the Queen causing upheaval in England from her cousins Elizabeth and Mary. Because of the tension, her reign is cut short.Overall, I really enjoyed the way this book was written because [...]


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