The Lady of Misrule, Hardback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


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 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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I must admit i do love the historical fiction genre & in particular the Tudors so i was very pleased to receive an ARC of this book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I did like this book it was a different take on The story of Lady Jane Grey via Elizabeth Tilney her maid in waiting at the tower.However i felt at some points in the middle it just lacked a bit of substance & i put it down a few times but im glad i persevered as it was a good book i just feel in this competitive exciting genre i have read better.