• North America: Pegasus
  • UK: Michael O'Mara
  • Published: 3rd November 2016
  • Agent: Donald Winchester

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey

Dr Nicola Tallis

Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.

These were the words uttered by the seventeen-year-old Lady Jane Grey as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Forced onto the throne by the great power players at court, Queen Jane reigned for just thirteen tumultuous days before being imprisoned in the Tower, condemned for high treason and executed.

In this dramatic retelling of an often misread tale, historian and researcher Nicola Tallis explores a range of evidence that had never before been used in a biography to sweep away the many myths and reveal the moving, human story of an extraordinarily intelligent, independent and courageous young woman.

“A stunning debut. Nicola Tallis deserves to be recognised as a major talent.”
Alison Weir
“A highly intelligent and enjoyable study which brings us as close to a flesh-and-blood Lady Jane Grey as we may ever come. ”
History Today
“Through meticulous research, Nicola Tallis pieces Lady Jane Grey's fascinating story together, and in so doing brings this extraordinary young woman vividly to life. Engagingly written and utterly compelling throughout. Solid gold!”
Tracy Borman
“A stunning debut”
New York Times