"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."
– New York Times Book Review
"Tallis brings this tragic teen to vivid life in her perceptive and thoughtful new book."
– Christian Science Monitor
"In her first book, Tallis makes an energetic case that Grey deserves more attention. Almost all existing documents cover only her final months, but Tallis does an admirable job turning up sources on her subject’s early life which concentrate on her high-ranking parents and Jane's intense religious education."
– Kirkus Reviews
"The tragic life and short (nine-day) reign of Lady Jane Grey is eloquently explored. Ably guiding readers through the complex maze of familial connections and Tudor politics, the author presents an engaging portrait of a young woman whose sole crime was having had the misfortune to be born the great-niece of Henry VIII. Highly recommended for readers interested in British history or the Tudor era."
– Library Journal
"Tallis humanizes Grey, showing her willfulness as well as her desperation to please her remarkably unwise parents. Popular myths and earlier historical interpretations of key events receive fresh analysis aided by diligent research. Tallis’s clear writing and well-paced narrative heighten the story’s climactic and tragic ending."
– Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Tallis narrates these dramatic events with all the verve and excitement that they deserve. Her portrait of Jane as something of a feminist before her time carries complete conviction. Nicola Tallis combines Jane’s virtues as a scrupulous scholar herself, with a colorful background of how Tudor England looked, sounded and smelled. She has succeeded in drawing Jane out of the shadows."
– The Spectator (UK)
"This is a stunning 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, pacy and evocative, but above all authentic and based on sound and innovative research. It's an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of Lady Jane Grey. Most warmly recommended!"
– Alison Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Crown of Blood is authoritative, thoughtful, and elegantly written. Telling use of original sources makes fresh and vivid—as well as moving—the story of a girl too often dismissed as a mere blank canvas onto which others could write. A genuinely impressive debut."
– Sarah Gristwood, author of 'Blood Sisters' and 'Game of Queens'
"Through meticulous research, Nicola Tallis pieces Lady Jane Grey’s fascinating story together, and in so doing brings this extraordinary young woman vividly to life. Engagingly written and utterly compelling throughout. A stunning debut."
– Tracy Borman, author of 'The Private Lives of the Tudors' and 'Thomas Cromwell'
"This is a wonderful investigation of Lady Jane Grey, enlightening and gripping, full of superb research and beautifully written. Nicola Tallis gives the tragic nine day queen brilliant and fascinating life."
– Kate Williams, author of the New York Times bestseller 'Becoming Queen Victoria'