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The Lady of Misrule by [Dunn, Suzannah]
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I saw her file it away: a good Catholic girl come to supervise her in her detention. Every girl in England, now, under the circumstances, made sure to be a good Catholic girl. Except her, of course. And, if only she knew it, me.

Escorting 'nine days queen' Lady Jane Grey across the Tower of London from throne room into imprisonment is Elizabeth Tilney, who surprised even herself by volunteering for the job. All Elizabeth knows is she's keen to be away from home, she could do with some breathing space. And anyway, it won't be for long: everyone knows Jane will go free as soon as the victorious new queen is crowned. Which is a good thing because the two sixteen-year-olds, cooped up together in a room in the Gentleman Gaoler's house, couldn't be less compatible. Protestant Jane is an icily self-composed idealist, and catholic Elizabeth is... well, anything but.

They are united though by their disdain for the seventeen-year-old to whom Jane has recently been married off: petulant, noisily-aggrieved Guildford Dudley, held prisoner in a neighbouring tower and keen to pursue his prerogative of a daily walk with his wife.

As Jane's captivity extends into the increasingly turbulent last months of 1553, the two girls learn to live with each other, but Elizabeth finds herself drawn into the difficult relationship between the newlyweds. And when, at the turn of the year, events take an unexpected and dangerous direction, her newfound loyalties are put to the test.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1391 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1605989428
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (7 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LM9S9GU
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 3.6 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It isn't easy making a story compelling when everyone already knows what's ... 23 November 2016
By Gretchen - Published on
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It isn't easy making a story compelling when everyone already knows what's going to happen, but I think Dunn has done it. The narrator, Elizabeth, is a 16 year old with all the immaturity of an adolescent. Lady Jane is the same age but is Elizabeth's opposite. She is contained, intellectual, principled to the point of, from modern eyes and from Elizabeth's, stubborn. The story begins immediately after Lady Jane is removed from the queenship and ends at her execution. Nothing much really happens, and yet the small day to day events move things along briskly. There were many insights into middle-class life as opposed to life at court, which is interesting, but the best measure of its impact is that when Lady Jane is executed, I cried, over an event 500 years in the past and one that I was quite familiar with. So highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars ginger@thebeach 21 May 2016
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It was a good book but I thought there would be more of her two sisters in it and the outcome to their lives also. I would give three and a half stars.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable portrayal of Jane Grey 16 January 2016
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I relish the style of this author. The main character grabs your heart, and Elizabeth drags us along with her to appreciate the convictions of Jane. Much of the story is the thoughts running through Elizabeth's mind as she grapples with the historical events of the time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 28 July 2016
By KT Booklover - Published on
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I loved falling into this. The Tudors, I tend to find, are overdone, but this was pleasantly different: it was the story of Lady Jane Grey, but not about her 9-days rule, but the days after that, when she was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

The story is told (and we see Jane) through Lizzie’s eyes, the young Catholic girl who volunteers to be Jane’s companion largely out of instinct before she realises why she desires (and needs) an escape from her usual life.

Lizzie was a great narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her as she took stock of her life with the advantage of distance. Lizzie was very far from the usual portrayal of a Tudor girl from a good family. Clever and thoughtful, without her being at all anachronistic I felt she could have fitted perfectly well into modern life.

The Lady of Misrule is slower and calmer than my usual, fast-paced fare but I was entirely absorbed. My only complaint is that it was extraordinarily open-ended. There clearly isn’t going to be another book in the series (if you don’t know what happened to Lady Jane Grey, I won’t spoil it for you!), but I would have liked a bit more of a hint about what Lizzie planned to do once Jane, ahem, no longer needed her.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow out the gate, but GREAT finish! 22 March 2016
By MommaMia - Published on
When I was about halfway through this book, I decided to take a look at some reviews to see what other people were thinking. At that point, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the story so I wanted to know how other people responded to the book. After reading these reviews, and finishing the book, I can say that what I think happened for some folks is that they saw that Alison Weir recommended the book and that might have prompted them to believe that Suzannah Dunn’s style would be similar to hers. To be fair, being compared to Alison in the world of historical fiction is like putting every college graduate up against Einstein. It’s hard to measure up to that kind of comparison. Suzannah is a good writer, but if you were expecting Alison, well, you should read Alison. I felt that, overall, The Lady of Misrule was well done and worth my time and effort.

The Lady of Misrule is the story of the last days of Jane Grey and even more so, the story of her attendant during her confinement in the Tower, a young lady who volunteered for the job to get away from her own awkward personal situation. A Catholic girl was wanted for the job and Elizabeth Tilney was more than eager to get away and try to put the past behind her. I think the story had a bit of a slow start (which is what I think was the problem for most folks), but once things got going and the characters got a chance to show us what they were all about, things started rolling along and the story picked up and began to pull me in.

It’s rather odd to me how I began to really like Jane only toward her inevitable end. She was cool and distant and poor Elizabeth had a hard time figuring out her roommate. Despite news to the contrary, Elizabeth held out hope to the bitter end. I especially liked the part when she is traumatized to see the pardon never came and as the ax falls she is still frantic in her disbelief. I think that part was especially well written. Elizabeth had become friendly with Jane’s husband and eventually, even came to care for Jane, even though I doubt she ever truly understood her.

Jane’s history is very well known, but this is an intimate portrait of what it might have been like during her confinement. She was Queen for nine days, but her memory lives on. She was a tiny, unassuming martyr held responsible for the sins of her parents and those scheming adults around her. While I understand why Mary Tudor felt she had to rid herself of the threat Jane posed to her position, but as a modern reader, it is hard for me to feel the choice was inevitable. I know that eventually someone else would have tried to use her to attack Mary and what else could Mary do? To solidify her position, the lamb had to be led to slaughter.

It was a difficult time in history, and although one of my favorite time periods I can’t say that I would have liked living back then. Life was precarious and you had to walk a fine line, especially as a person of position who lived life in the public eye. So much rested upon your choices of friends, faith and where you placed your allegiance. One thing that can be said of Jane is that she had a steadfast faith. She refused to recant even with the hope of pardon. Jane preferred to die true to herself and her God than to live a lie. You have to admire that sort of character in such a young woman.

The Lady of Misrule is a well-crafted tale written in modern English for all readers to easily access and enjoy. If you have ever wondered about that little known Queen of England, this book will give you a glimpse into that time and her world. This is a great escape into the Tudor reign that I think you will most heartily enjoy.