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08 November 2009 @ 04:20 pm
a query, in two parts  
1. Does anyone know anything about Eric Ives' new book on Lady Jane Grey? From the back-of-the-book summary and a few reviews, the book seems to be less about Jane herself and more about the "accession crisis of 1533," as the copy puts it--which seems reasonable, I suppose, given the brevity of Jane's life.

2. Has anyone read a good bio of Lady Jane Grey?
La Reine Noire: Wimminz!lareinenoire on November 8th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know he'd written a book about Jane Grey! I really loved his biography of Anne Boleyn, so I'm inclined to be optimistic. I must admit, one of the things I really liked about the Anne book was Ives' willingness to talk about the world around her as well as what little we know about her, which seems to square with what your reviewers are saying. I don't see that as a detriment, but I can see how some people might.

That being said, and as you've pointed out, Jane herself is such a shadowy figure, it's almost preferable to see a book where she's a main figure but not the centre of the narrative, so to speak, since it means there ought to be less meaningless speculation and more useful discussion of the accession crisis.
tempestsarekind: viola readingtempestsarekind on November 9th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Some of the reviews were quite positive, and others were bothered by the fact that the book was less about Jane and more about the crisis. Since I actually know very little about Jane Grey, the thing I'm trying to figure out is whether the book does actually cover all the available information about her before moving onto, or while covering, the accession crisis; or whether it's a book about the accession crisis that uses Jane as the focal point. It's not a bad thing, either way; I'm just curious to know what to expect.