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Photo Credits to my daughter – she calls this “Parents’ Weekend”

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  1. I love most things British historical. My husband and I are about halfway through The Tudors, which is entertaining and educational, if a bit too much soap opera and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers glowering darkly. But I loved this piece about poor Edward. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Chris Chris

    I certainly enjoyed your “Boy King.” You did a remarkable job giving us a sense of what it must have been like to be a nine-year-old thrust in the role of a monarch. One question: The book ends with Mary’s triumphant return, but not one mention of Lady Jane’s 9-day reign, and beheading at the hands of Mary. Why did you decide to leave this ghastly but all-too important chapter out?

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! And I love your question!

      The Boy King is Edward’s story, and that must end with his death. But I could not just end the book there: I owed my readers an epilogue, specifically the real end to the story – the fact that his crazy plan did not in fact work. I also needed to end the trilogy as a whole – the story of how the Seymour family came THISCLOSE to grafting itself onto the English royal tree. The Grey family were only bit players in that story.

      In the same way, Jane Grey’s only real role in Mary’s story was to give her a chance to channel her warrior forebears. Mary didn’t even blame Jane for the attempted usurpation, she blamed Northumberland – and executed him immediately. Jane was almost pardoned; it was only when Henry Grey joined Wyatt’s Rebellion to reinstate his daughter that Mary signed Jane’s death warrant…And so I allowed Mary to just enjoy her triumph. And update you on characters you may have forgotten about and whose fortunes certainly changed when the Seymour disappeared!

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