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My favourite period of British history has always been the Tudor era, and being a confirmed bookworm I couldn’t help but be interested in reading Before The Reign Falls: The Lost Words of Lady Jane Grey when I was asked if I’d like to read it recently. Written by David Black, this fictional novel has been published through Austin Macauley.
In Before The Reign Falls: The Lost Words of Lady Jane Grey historical facts are woven into a fictional tale of what might have happened to Lady Jane Grey.
We meet Alice and her boyfriend Elliot who are driving to Norfolk to spend the weekend with his friend John, who has bought a run down Tudor mansion house in the village of Cawston. They are joined by Tom and his team as they start to clear away the debris and vegetation that has engulfed part of the grounds. Whilst working in the site they discover two sets of old documents which have been stuffed into recesses in the old Tudor walls and have clearly not seen the light of day for hundreds of years.
One set of documents is written in old English and one in Latin. The friends agree that Alice should spend the rest of the weekend looking at the old English manuscripts while Tom will ask friends at Cambridge to look at the Latin text. From there we learn about Tudor life in Cawston through the eyes of the mansion owner George Sawer as well as a few of the villagers as well as Lady Jane Grey herself.
Before The Reign Falls: The Lost Words of Lady Jane Grey is a fascinating read about this eventful and often brutal period of British history. We learn about Grey but also about life for people in general in the Tudor age. There’s a wonderful twist in this story that I don’t want to tell you about but it just makes you want to keep reading and to know just that little bit more about a queen who reigned for just nine days. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable novel and one I found hard to put down.
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