By Michael Farquhar
Spanning 500 years of British historical past, a revealing examine the key lives of a few nice (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of 1 of the world’s most attractive royal historians
Beleaguered by means of scandal, betrayed by way of faithless spouses, bedeviled by way of bold young children, the kings and queens of significant Britain were many stuff, yet they've got by no means been boring. a few sacrificed every little thing for romance, whereas others met a merciless destiny on the fringe of an axman’s blade. From the reality at the back of the intended insanity of King George to Queen Victoria’s strangely bold flavor in sculpture, in the back of the Palace Doors ventures past the rumors to inform the unvarnished heritage of Britain’s monarchs, highlighting the original mixture of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unprecedented fascination.
• tales masking each monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II
• old myths debunked and fabulous “Did you recognize . . . ?” anecdotes
• 4 kinfolk bushes spanning each royal condominium, from the Tudors to the Windsors
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33 THE REIGN OF MARY TUDOR England was still to have a king, and that king was to be Guilford Dudley. Jane Grey, eldest daughter of the Duke of Suffolk, was nearly of the same age with Edward. Edward had been precocious to a disease; the activity of his mind had been a symptom, or a cause, of the weakness of his body. Jane Grey’s accomplishments were as extensive as Edward’s; she had acquired a degree of learning rare in matured men, which she could use gracefully, and could permit to be seen by others without vanity or consciousness.
Lord Warwick and Lord Robert were still absent, and no news had come from them – a proof that they were still in pursuit. The duke made up his mind that Mary was watching only for an opportunity to escape to Flanders; and the ships in the river, with a thousand men-at-arms on board them, were sent to watch the Essex coast, and to seize her, could they find opportunity. Meanwhile he himself penned a reply to her letter. “The Lady Jane,” he said, “by the antient laws of the realm,” and “by letters patent of the late king,” signed by himself, and countersigned by the nobility, was rightful queen of England.
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