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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' 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,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' 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 perogative 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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The Lady of Misrule Reviews

  • Pauline Chamberlain
    2018-12-02 16:25

    A good historical fiction set around the time of Lady Jane greys demise

  • Louis Skye
    2018-11-18 15:47

    What a disappointing read. I absolutely love the Tudors and a friend of mine suggested I read this book. Unfortunately I really didn't like this, at all. For one, it is historically inaccurate. The characters are poorly drawn; the protagonist is dull and stereotypical. There is not enough information about the era or of significant events during that period. I also didn't like the first-person view of events; I've never enjoyed that way of story-telling and with this book, I liked it even less. It was only exacerbated by the the modern language used in the dialogue. Definitely not one for your bookshelves.

  • Michele
    2018-12-04 11:41

    I enjoyed the subject matter (the last few months prior to execution of England's famous Nine-Days Queen) but an entire novel set in one confined space doesn't work well unless it's Donahue's "Room." And even that brilliant novel left the singular room by mid-point. Aside from that bit of drudgery, I have to say that I loved Dunn's characterization of Jane Grey. Nothing sappy here and I was grateful for that. I also loved the realism she imbues in other characters...not every young maiden in history could possibly have been virginal perfection. I enjoyed the read mostly....your mileage may vary.

  • Saturday's Child
    2018-11-23 11:31

    Not at all what I was expecting. I feel dissatisfied with this novel for a number of reasons and the main one being the use of modern language (especially a certain expression). This for me was a distraction every time I came across it. It did not concern me that Lady Jane Grey was not the main character, but there was part of Elizabeth's story that I felt could have been a bit less descriptive and not said in so many words.

  • *Thea Wilson*
    2018-11-22 17:43

    My Thoughts On The Book:'Lady Jane Grey's reign lasted for nine days. But her story echoes through history!' The Plot Of The Story:Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for a few brief days before being removed from the throne and replaced by the indomitable Mary Tudor. Locked away in the Tower Of London while the new Queen contemplates her fate and the fate of her husband Guildford Dudley, left in limbo for months on end, alone and afraid. Being a Lady, Jane was allowed a lady-in-waiting so Elizabeth Tilney volunteers to be Jane's companion as it allows her an escape from her own life and her own problems. Jane is not an easy girl to be around and is Elizabeth's complete polar opposite which makes the months imprisoned together unpleasant until they can find common ground but what can the two sixteen year olds possibly have in common with one another?It's an intriguing idea for a novel and gives us some insight into what that imprisonment was like for Jane and Guildford while letting us in on the kind of people the pair might have actually been, how they might have felt about their fates, their families actions and more importantly about each other. Very interesting indeed!What Is There To Love?I love the subject matter, I love books about Jane Grey but they are generally few and far between and her short and fatal rule as queen is an interesting and intriguing one. Was she a victim of her family's machinations and not guilty in the slightest or was she more involved than we think, who knows and that is the point I think, a bit like the riddle of the princes in the tower, unknown but much speculated upon.The best thing about the book is actually Jane's companion Elizabeth, the book is just as much about her as it is about Jane, although I wanted it to focus more on Jane personally. Elizabeth takes on the job to escape the problems in her life as she's in love with a much older and married man it's a relationship not going anywhere and in danger of ruining Elizabeth in more way than one. Going to the Tower is her escape and turns out to be a pivotal time in her life. She's a brave and strong minded young lady with a lot of spirit.What Is There To Dislike?I felt the book to be a little thin in places and there felt like there was a a lot of glossing over information and skipping through time which left it feeling a bit wishy washy in paces. Some of the characters (particularly Jane and Guildford) also felt a little thin and I would have liked them to be much more rounded out and clear especially as they are the real focus of the book, it was distracting and put more of the focus onto Elizabeth where she was telling their story through her eyes and it made the book more about her than about them.... it was them that I really wanted to know more about though. It just didn't seem to hit the correct mark for me entirely.How's The Writing?I will be completely honest with you here and admit that I have had a problems with Dunn's books in the past. I've read several of them but in them she's modernised the speech and the names and it really did not fit the Tudor settings at all and completely put me off of them and more importantly off her work in general at the time. I put off reading this for some time as while I loved the sound of the book I was scared that this book would go down the same lines and I believe that a historical novel should be full of historical detail and not modernised. I am extremely pleased to say that Dunn has changed my view on her work with The Lady of Misrule, it's a historical gem with none of her previous modernisation and I genuinely enjoyed it!The writing is clear and crisp and the feel is definitely more of the age than some of her other work has been for me, you really get the feel of how it felt to be imprisoned in the Tower with a death sentence hanging over your head and never knowing if or when it's going to happen...... to watch the world carry on without you. The characterisations are decent but didn't quite feel round enough for the most part for me, Elizabeth was fine as she felt complete but Jane and Guildford didn't feel the same, they felt more transparent and less distinct.Final Thoughts:While I don't think this book is in the same league as some other historical fiction I have read it's perfectly readable and perfectly enjoyable to boot if a little wishy washy at times.It's a whole lot better for me than some of her previous work but I still felt it was lacking something..... saying that I do have more faith in the author now I've read this book and will try her books again in the future, The May Bride sounds good so it might be a good place to try again. I won't give up her again so easily as I love historical fiction in general just THAT much but I hope that future books will continue the way this one has and that she doesn't go back to the way she wrote previously as it really didn't do it for me before.If you are a huge fan of historical fiction than this book is worth reading as you might not have the same preconceptions and feeling towards the book and author as I do and it might work out much better for you than it did for me..... regardless of this review this is a book that is interesting and is a decent read so if you like the sound of it you should try regardless of what I think.

  • Kristin
    2018-11-28 16:49

    So I remember struggling through The Confession of Katherine Howard but I still read this for the same reason - a Tudor-era novel about one of the lesser known (or at least written about) women. Well, I won't be tricked again. For one thing, this wasn't really about Jane Grey but about the (fictional?) Catholic girl who is tasked with keeping her company in the tower. So first, we miss all the action. It could still be an interesting novel with good characters, but the characters were flatter than flat. Worst of all, these flat characters had decidedly modern speech patterns, and I was continually thrown out of the story by constant verbal anachronisms. I'd think to myself, "Surely that phrase wasn't used in 1554... [Google]... Oh look, first used circa 1850! ... Oh look, first used during WWI!" Absolutely maddening. I really don't know why I finished this book - it was a struggle.The fine print: received ARC from NetGalley.

  • Penny
    2018-11-26 17:43

    This is an account of the last days of Lady Jane Grey. She is held prisoner in a house within the grounds of the Tower of London and a young woman is sent to be her companion. They don't get on as Jane is so pious and superior. As the weeks go by the companion Elizabeth never really believes that anything will happen to Jane, she believes that eventually Jane and her husband will be released.Elizabeth is a strange mix of seductress and political naivety - she never understands Jane's motivations but learns to care for her slowly and reluctantly.The book is a slow read and maybe this is deliberate as the reader already knows the ending. It's an excruciating but compelling gradual twisting of the reader until the final scene. For myself I wondered why Dunn made Jane so unsympathetic and why we so rarely hear Jane's own voice in the book. I dont know if that is based on accounts of the time. Still an interesting if rather unhappy read.

  • Laura Lee
    2018-11-23 16:31

    The only thing good about a bad cold is everyone leaves you alone and you can read a book in one sitting. This was that book! Having enjoyed her last book, I had high hopes for another good read and I wasn't disappointed. Lady Jane Grey was the Queen of England for nine days. She was put in the Tower to await her fate as Lady Mary takes her turn at the throne. Her young attendant Elizabeth writes of Jane's time in imprisonment. Excellent. .

  • Margaret
    2018-12-12 10:33

    Excellent novel about Lady Jane Grey seen through the eyes of her attendant, Elizabeth Tilney.A very different Jane Grey to the one usually portrayed by novelists as a poor, innocent little lamb. This Jane is a cold, rigid, Protestant, with what almost amounts to a hankering for martyrdom.Great read. Highly recommended.

  • Nicole Alexander
    2018-11-29 17:21

    A slow start that almost lost me. Glad I persevered however. Worth a read if only for the choice of viewpoint and the historical detail, confined though it is to a couple of rooms in the infamous Tower.

  • Laura Greenwood
    2018-12-16 18:47

    http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...Title: The Lady of MisruleAuthor: Suzannah Dunn From: Netgalley Genre: Historical Fiction Release Date: 7th March 2015Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame Links: Goodreads - AmazonNo one is more surprised than Elizabeth Tilney when she volunteers to wait on Lady Jane Grey as she waits in the Tower of London for her treason trial. Once there she finds herself faced with a woman unwilling to bend in her faith in the new Protestant Church and her husband, who seems to be little more than a child. But spending more time with Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley, means that Elizabeth finds herself caring more and making friends with the unlikely couple...Right quick history lesson (because even us Brits are a bit rusty on our history! Luckily for me the Tudor period is one I am more knowledgable about!) Lady Jane Grey (otherwise known as the 9 Day Queen) was the descendant of Henry VIII's younger sister Mary and was appointed the heir by King Edward VI (Henry VIII's only son) in an attempt to keep the Catholic Mary I (Henry VIII's eldest child) from the throne. She only reigned for 9 days before Mary I rose to power and was kept in the tower until her excecution, along with her husband Guildford, after Wyatt's revolution (which she had nothing to do with). The thing with books like The Lady of Misrule is that you know how they're going to end, but in this case I found myself getting a little emotional towards the end and hoping for a different ending despite knowing Jane and Guildford's fate. It surprised me because I hadn't been mad on the book for the rest of it, but the ending somehow just really got to me. Elizabeth was an interesting character. I thought Dunn managed to capture the difference contrast between Elizabeth (and Jane)'s age (17) and naivety as well as the fact that they grew up in a time where that was considered fully grown. Elizabeth wasn't your traditional innocent character which added another level. I liked how Jane and Guildford both grew throughout the book, not just because of their general growth but also in the way that Elizabeth felt about them. I do think that this could be one of the reasons that the ending hit so hard. That plus there's only a small cast of characters. This was a good read, though it didn't blow me away.

  • Amelia
    2018-12-19 14:41

    The Lady of Misrule is my second book of Dunn's and I think I now have a pretty good sense of her style. Whether or not you will like her books depends on how much of a stickler you are. Dunn uses a vast amount of poetic licence and greatly fleshes out characters and situations about which very little is known (and that little often rumour, supposition, or footnote). If you like your historical fiction to be as close to fact as knowable, doubtless you will not be impressed. Personally I'd rather a character be rounded but possibly somewhat inaccurate than accurate but two dimensional.Dunn writes in the first person and uses language which feels more modern than you might expect for historical fiction of this era. She gave an interesting argument at the end of The Sixth Wife which I've copied from my review of that book. She 'considers it likely that speech would not have been as formal as it is often portrayed and points out that even now, where plenty of novels contain slang, contractions, abbreviations etc, speech is translated rather than transcribed onto the page. Her aim, therefore, was to make conversations more realistic and bearing that in mind - I think it actually worked rather well.' I think her books are therefore probably best enjoyed by not the devoted reader of Tudor fiction, but by the reader who finds some of this fiction staid or inaccessible. It's historical fiction lite in a sense, but still enjoyable for the right market. I would rate The Lady of Misrule as 3.5 Stars - it didn't bowl me over, but it did have power nevertheless. I sobbed at the ending - both of the book and Jane and Guildford's lives and their relationships with Elizabeth. Elizabeth's denial, her firm belief that both would be pardoned at the last minute, was very moving and felt like an accurate depiction of profound shock and grief in the moment. As endings go, this was a four star.

  • Lynn
    2018-12-09 17:35

    JaneGrey was named by her cousin Edward VI, only son of Henry VIII, to succeed Edward on the throne of England. This effectively removed his two half-sisters from any consideration for Queen. But now, Lady Jane Grey is called a "Pretender" to the throne. Lady Mary, Catholic daughter of Catherine of Aragon, has mounted counter-attack and the people have decided they want her for their Queen. Lady Jane Grey, one-time Queen for 9 days and a pawn in the chess game for power between the Papists and the Protestants, has been imprisoned in the Tower of London and Elizabeth Tilney is her companion.Their time in the tower is sprinkled with a cast of characters who include Mr & Mrs Partridge, the resident gaolers, Goose who cleans their apartment every day "with gumption" and is also the bearer of news from the outside, and cook and his boy who manage to prepare 3 meals a day for the residents.Historically accurate and emotionally charged, this novel told by Elizabeth in the first person, will keep you turning pages until the end, when you'll let out a breath you didn't even know you were holding.I read this E-ARC courtesy of Eidelweiss and the publisher.

  • Denise
    2018-12-16 10:36

    Maneuvered onto the throne against her will by ambitious relatives, Lady Jane Grey was Queen of England for all of nine days before being ousted by her cousin Mary, eldest daughter of Henry VIII. This novel covers the period of Jane's captivity in the Tower until her execution, told through the eyes of Elizabeth Tilney, a teenage girl who has volunteered to keep Jane company for reasons of her own.With the setting, much like the characters themselves, being confined to the Tower for most of the novel with the exception of Elizabeth's flashback scenes and the girls' lives in near solitude not offering much in the way of action, the book is rather slow-paced and more a character study than anything else. That's not to say that I found it boring - on the contrary, I enjoyed the portrayals of the characters and their interactions which formed the heart of the novel. Jane Grey is a figure I've always found interesting, so I didn't find the lack of action disturbing in the least.

  • Helene Harrison
    2018-12-08 15:22

    Review - A very interesting book about Jane's time in the Tower. Not a lot is known of the time when Jane was imprisoned after her nine days reign. There is little surviving evidence, not even the names of her attendants. This seems a very plausible explanation of what happened in those missing months, although I did feel like the end was a little rushed. I also liked the addition of real people like John Feckenham, who was sent to try and get Jane to recant her Protestantism, and who are often overlooked.Genre - Historical / DramaCharacters - Lady Jane Grey / Elizabeth Tilney / Guildford Dudley / Mrs Partridge / Mr Partridge / Goose / William / HarrySetting - Tower of London (England)Series - N/ARecommend - YesRating - 17/20

  • Ami M.
    2018-12-19 11:33

    The modern, 21st century narrating really made it hard for me to imagine the 16th century events. Didn't like the main character at all. I didn't dislike her either. She was just...there. Considering what the book is about, I thought it would be focusing more on actual historical figures and events, but it was actually just the inside of an insanely monotonous character's mind. The narrating really was awful - so repetitive.

  • Terelyn Marks
    2018-11-20 10:48

    The story of Lady Jane Grey from the point of view of another 16 year old attending her during her imprisonment in the tower. Good story but a bit disconcerting because the language is 21st century English. Referring to themselves and Guildford as 'us kids' or after Mary's coronation 'things are in the home stretch' just don't sound right. I prefer a historical novel to SOUND like one! The characters don't have to 'speak forsoothly,' but they really shouldn't sound like the kids next door.

  • Misty
    2018-12-12 13:39

    I received this book for review purposes. This is the best work of historical fiction I have ever read. While the reader knows the conclusion from the outset, the characters are so well drawn and sympathetic that the ending is heartbreaking none the less. Excellent, crisp writing and attention to period detail make this book a delight!

  • Carol
    2018-12-12 15:20

    This was gruelling. 21st century language ruins it. Lady Jane Grey is seen through the eyes of her companion Elizabeth Tilney. The narrative is repetitive and boring. Remove all that and there is nothing left. I had to keep putting it down because I found it so irritating.

  • Renee Gimelli
    2018-12-16 10:42

    London's Tower come alive. Some great descriptions of life in 1554 when Protestants and Catholics were pulled back and forth by a monarchy in disarray. Jane Grey was actually the first female queen, and a devout Protestant who would not recant to save her life.

  • Lynn
    2018-12-18 14:41

    I read from reviews on this, that the book wasn't historically accurate. That may be true, but I thought it was a good story just the same.

  • Kiki
    2018-11-23 10:34

    Lady Jane Grey was held for almost 7 months in the Tower after her cousin Edward VI declared her his successor to the throne. Jane, Edward, and Jane's husband Dudley were all very young and were manipulated by their parents and members of the Privvy council. Henry VIII's succession act of 1544 had already restored his "illegitimate" daughters to their rightful places in line to be heirs to the throne, and after 9 days, Jane and her husband and their fathers were removed bu Queen Mary and her forces. Dudley's father was executed. Jane and Dudley were held in the Tower for almost 7 months, leading up to an uprising orchestrated by Jane's father, which led not only to his beheading, but also to that of Jane and Guildford's executions. This book imagines what might have happened in those 7 months. Jane was actually accompanied to the Tower with three ladies in waiting. Ladies in waiting were not necessarily friends of the royalty, but were chosen for their noble standings. Little is known about the actual Elizabeth Tilney, and it is highly doubtful she spent all this time exclusively with Lady Jane--more than likely, the three ladies took turns staying with Jane in the confinement. But here, Dunn portrays her as a teenager (like Jane) who wants to escape from her home and family, and possibly, an affair with an older man. Aside from flashbacks to Tilney's home, scenes around the Tower, and the trial of Jane and Guidlford, this novel takes place mostly in the confined space of the rooms in the tower where Jane is held. Being royalty--Jane was the great niece of Henry the VIII--afforded a rather comfortable confinement, with domestic servants to prepare food for them, do laundry, and allow Jane to keep her beloved books and writing materials with her, as well as have her ladies (or in this fictionalized version, lady) in waiting with her for support and help with dressing. Elizabeth is nominally a Catholic, and Jane is of course, a Protestant. While both are still teenagers, they have had very different lives. Jane leads an austere and pious life, while Elizabeth is from a boisterous household where she is largely ignored as the youngest daughter. Jane has been close with both Katherine Parr(Henry's last wife) and Edward VI, Henry's son and the King. Elizabeth has been close to Harry, an older neighbor of the Tilney's, embarking on an illicit and hidden sexual relationship with him. But all three teenagers--Jane, Guildford, and Elizabeth--have their youth and relative inexperience with the real world in common. Elizabeth becomes close to both Jane and Guildford. This is a total fiction of course--no one really knows what Jane and Guildford's days were like in the Tower, aside from the usual deprivations and worries. They probably did not develop any meaningful relationships with people they didn't already know there, aside from Jane's quickly formed friendship with Queen Mary's chaplain, John Feckenham, who was sent to convert Jane to Catholicism immediately before her execution (he was unsuccessful). Elizabeth's character uses language that sounds above her station in life--she is not a scholarly girl, despte her nobility--reading is not a hobby. She also uses language that is anachronistic. However, where Dunn did reach me in this novel was with the emotional connection that occurs towards the end of the novel, when Elizabeth is faced with both the reality of Jane and Guildford's impending execution, and that of the actual beheading of her friends. She is terrorized. She finally sees that everyone living and working in the Tower is faced with this reality more often that she ever imagined. Her escape from her own manor home and family becomes much more: it's a complete loss of innocence, and an education.While this novel is highly flawed, I could totally see it edited and rewritten as a wonderful stage play, taking place in one room in the Tower. I did love the way Jane's character was not romanticized. Guildford as well, is written in a more realistic manner--an immature teenage boy with a love for life, and his family, and even his child bride.

  • Aisha
    2018-12-10 11:24

    Escorting 'nine days queen' 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. This was ok, this was nothing really special to say about it. We read the perspective from Elizabeth Tilney's perspective and even though she is a somewhat interesting character, I found her bland at times. Jane as written through Elizabeth's perspective, seemed boring and a little soulless. The one thing that really irked me, was that there are no chapters. So any momentum that is building doesn't go anywhere and there is no indication that the story is moving forward. Overall, a disappointment.31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre

  • Sarah Kennedy
    2018-12-14 15:48

    This novel about the last days of Lady Jane Grey is something of a romp, despite its tragic subject and end. Jane, in Dunn's world, is not in love with her husband, and the novel views her through a fictional companion, brought in to keep Jane company during her final stay at the Tower of London. The diction is quite modern, and some readers will take issue with the very contemporary-sounding main character, but the language is engaging, even very funny at times, and captures the quirky attitudes and general skepticism of Renaissance English better than a formal re-creation of Tudor conversation would. Very readable and highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction and the Tudor period.

  • Simplydolphins
    2018-12-04 11:27

    Won this from a goodreads giveaway but this is my honest opinion.This story is some truth with some fiction thrown in. It was very interesting to learn more about the 9 day queen that you did not learn in history class. I would recommend this book to any history buff that is looking for a good story of what could have happened behind closed doors.

  • Kristi
    2018-12-06 11:40

    As a loving of Tudor history, I tend to stay away from historical fiction. This book was a gift,however; I decided to give it a try.This fell flat for me, it had the potential to be so much more. I probably wouldn't recommend this to any one.

  • Meghan
    2018-11-21 11:47

    For those of you that liked Splendor, Rumors, any Jane Austen or Anna Karena, this book is for you! The book was full of drama and a real page turner. Highly recommend!

  • Kaelene
    2018-11-25 13:44

    It picked up a bit toward the end, although I don't any author could make imprisonment in a tower all that exciting. Mostly I thought the ending was too abrupt...

  • Kay
    2018-11-24 14:43

    An interesting historical novel about the time Lady Jane Grey spent in the Tower of London after the failed attempt to put her on the throne at the death of Edward VI. Knowing the history, the end was inevitable, but for Jane and her husband Guildford other traitors had been pardoned, so they might have expected to have been spared.

  • Meredith
    2018-12-16 14:23

    This was, quite possibly one of the most boring books I have ever read. It started out with so much promise too. Warning, this review contains spoilers. If you are looking for a book about Lady Jane Grey, this is not for you. If you are, however, interested in the constant, unending and annoying complaints of Elizabeth Tilney, her companion, look no further. That's all this book is about, if it can be about anything at all. To say that this book has a plot would be too generous. To say that anything happened or this book had a viable climax, one would first have to assume that there was some buildup, some conflict, or for the love of God some ACTION. Because, in short, outside of the running inner monologue of Elizabeth's self-pity...nothing happens. Period. This is not hyperbole. Nothing. Freaking. HAPPENS. The entire books takes place in one of two rooms of the gentleman gaoler's house (outside the Tower of London) where the two girls are kept. And...that's it. We spend the majority of the time reading about poor, put upon Elizabeth and her stream of diatribe about how dismal her situation is, despite the fact that SHE VOLUNTEERED FOR THIS. The first few pages describe in depth the chamber pot "situation," the two rooms, how bored she is and what she sees out of the window. We get brief glimpses into her past and learn how she had an affair with a man 30 years her senior and good friend of the family. We then spend the next 20 to 30 pages slogging through her blank descriptions of how utterly trying it is to be Lady Jane Grey's companion and how furious she is with her for reading and not paying attention to her. The book redeems itself in the second or third section by describing Elizabeth's affair and subsequent consequences when she misscarries and nearly dies. We also learn that she was "technically" raped. Whether or not this actually happened to Elizabeth Tilney is awful, but if it is a plot device simply to give her character a "real" reason for being there then the author can shove it. Sick of rape being used as a plot device. It's cheap and sexist and I'm sick of it. (I'm looking at you C.W. GORTNER). If she was however then that is a tragedy and that man should be flogged. But that's all that happens until she begins her "relationship" with Jane's husband Guildford Dudley. Elizabeth's connection to him is never fully explained in the book and serves only, (as far as I could tell) a way to get her out of the house for once (FOR CRYING OUT LOUD). They spend most of the conversations snapping at each other and the rest the author attempts to have them discuss politics and the rise of Protestantism, but instead we are treated to two spoiled brats indulging themselves. Frankly the only redeemable character in this book is the maid, "Goose." While her main function is to bring of the breakfast tray, (that neither girl ever eats and is lauded time and again throughout this book) she also tends to be the one with all the information and juicy political gossip. Her part in the end of the book was my favorite, because when everyone else turned into blithering idiots and she was the one cleaning up Lady Jane Grey's body.Which brings me to my final point: this book only vaguely touches on Lady Jane Grey's reign. Oh it's discussed of course, but only through the eyes of poor mistreated Elizabeth, and therefore leaves out how significant this was. The last few pages of the book are where we FINALLY see Elizabeth actually do something, and while I was aware that Jane was going to die, it actually comes as quite a shock; all of a sudden, there is a death warrant signed by the Queen and Jane and Guildford are summoned by barge upriver to be die. It comes out of nowhere and had this novel been the novel it purported to be ON THE COVER, then this would have been a spectacular ending; sadly, as Dunn spent the entire text on Elizabeth and her problems and only vaguely touched on Jane, it felt disconnected from the rest of the book and would have been better served as the opening, perhaps, of a much better novel by someone else.