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An eminently readable portrait of a fascinating woman. Highly recommended for readers of biography and Tudor history. Tallis's meticulous research and understanding of the intricacies of Elizabethan court life allow Knollys to emerge from undeserved obscurity to take center stage as a fearless, strong-willed woman who shared many of the characteristics of her royal rival, and who paid dearly for daring to follow her heart.
A thorough first biography of Lettice Knollys that also serves as an excellent view of the Elizabethan era from a noblewoman's perspective. Tallis includes pictures, genealogies, a timeline, an extensive bibliography, and notes to round out this work, which is a great choice for historians and lay readers alike.
Tallis brings this tragic teen to vivid life in her perceptive and thoughtful new book.--The Christian Science Monitor
Astunning debut from a young historian who deserves to be recognized as a major talent in her field. It's history as it should be written--vivid, colorful, and evocative.--Alison Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Praise for Crown of Blood:
Tallis takes this thin slice of fact and serves it up as a full banquet, filling in history's faint outline. The telling is by necessity speculative, since so little primary source material exists. Nevertheless, Tallis perseveres, presenting Jane as 'a spirited girl who demonstrated character, passion, talent and strength, ' a serious bookworm who grew up in a household where new ideas flourished.