The story of Lady Jane Grey has been repeated often: an innocent teen who was Queen for nine days and then cruelly executed at the orders of Bloody Mary. However, in her new book, Leanda de Lisle sheds new light on Lady Jane’s quick ascension to the throne and her tragic death. She suggests that Lady Jane was not simply a naïve young girl but an intelligent, religious ideologue who saw herself as a ‘Protestant Joan of Arc’. Leanda also tells Jenni about the turbulent lives of Lady Jane’s sisters. Katherine was judged as a threat to Queen Elizabeth and was sent to the tower to die in captivity. The youngest sister, Mary, was disgraced for marrying without the approval of the Queen and died in modest surroundings.
The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey by Leanda de Lisle is published by Harper Collins ISBN 978-0-00-721905-6 .