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Lady Jane Grey
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Although she ruled England for less than two weeks, Lady Jane Grey has been admired for generations for her courage and faithfulness to the gospelóeven though she was executed for treason at the age of sixteen. In this addition to the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, Simonetta Carr tells Lady Jane Greyís story of intrigue and explains its context: the tumultuous politics of Reformation England. Maps, photographs, and beautiful illustrations decorate the narrative, helping young readers visualize what life was like in sixteenth-century England. More importantly, they will learn the story of an extraordinary young girl who understood that she was saved only by the mercy of God and the merits of the blood of Jesus Christ.
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5 Stars
I recently purchased the whole series that this book is in because they are so well done. I love that it includes contemporary photographs of the actual places and historical paintings of the actual people whenever possible. For instance, this book has a photograph of the ruins at Bradgate House, where Jane lived as a girl and a painting of John Aylmer, her main teacher. Jane herself does not have a painting that we know of. There are also beautiful illustrations by Matt Abraxas that seem to seek to be as true to life as possible. So, for example, in the book about John Owen, Abraxasí illustrations of Owen seem to be based on the paintings we have of him. One advantage is that this gives the opportunity to put some more cheerful expressions on their faces! The account of Jane is pretty thorough and does a good job of setting her personal story in its historical setting. There is a map of London and England and at the end there is a timeline and some additional facts. Knowing a bit about Lady Jane Grey, I was sometimes surprised at the way things were presented, such as when it says that we donít know what Jane thought of marrying Guildford. My understanding, from other things Iíve read, was that her parents had to beat her to make her marry him. I can understand not wanting to tell children that part of the story, but Iím not sure why it says we donít know what she thought, unless the other books I have read were mistaken. Janeís story is in many ways a tragic one and this book doesnít try to hide the tragedy, but it manages to be sobering without being depressing and I think it is told in a way that is suitable for children the ages listed on the back of the book: 7-12. I think even adults who want a short and easy to read introduction to Lady Jane Grey, or any of the other people in the series, would find this a profitable book. Just be aware that some of the weightier issues underlying the story may be a bit glossed over. But, then, adult books do that too sometimes. This book could probably be read in about 30 minutes, but it is divided into 5 chapters so it could also easily be read in shorter sections of time over several days. In the end, I am so thankful to Simonetta Carr for providing us with such well-done books, so much so that I bought them all! I understand from Simonetta Carr that a recent work by Eric Ives has provided new light and debunked some old myths that were commonly held concerning Janeís life. I have not read the book and am in no position to say which version of Janeís story is more accurate, though Ivesí work seems to have thoroughness and scholarship on its side, but I do want people to be aware that if things arenít exactly the way they remembered them, the explanation likely lies in this recent research. Thanks! - Heather Thieneman