The niece of Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days.  A teenager at the time, her reign was engineered by members of the Privy Council to prevent Catholic Mary I from ruling England.  Mary eventually prevailed and Jane was jailed in the Tower of London.   Jane might have eventually been released from the Tower if not for Protestant rebellions that threatened Mary’s reign.  Lady Jane Grey was executed on February 12 1554, seven months after her short time as queen.
Ann Rinaldi uses these historical facts to create a novel in which Jane speaks to the reader from beyond the grave:  “I don’t know what they are going to tell you about me.  But be careful what you believe.”  The novel sticks tightly to the known history with limited embellishment.  Knowing the course of Jane’s life doesn’t take away from the book, the first person narrative keeps the story compelling
This book is categorized for younger readers, HarperCollins website says it is for ages 8+ or 12+.  Big Tudor fans who have read through all the recent adult novels about this period might find it a little too light, but I found it to be a quick and satisfying read about a little known woman from history.  

The niece of Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days.  A teenager at the time, her reign was engineered by members of the Privy Council to prevent Catholic Mary I from ruling England.  Mary eventually prevailed and Jane was jailed in the Tower of London.   Jane might have eventually been released from the Tower if not for Protestant rebellions that threatened Mary’s reign.  Lady Jane Grey was executed on February 12 1554, seven months after her short time as queen.

Ann Rinaldi uses these historical facts to create a novel in which Jane speaks to the reader from beyond the grave:  “I don’t know what they are going to tell you about me.  But be careful what you believe.”  The novel sticks tightly to the known history with limited embellishment.  Knowing the course of Jane’s life doesn’t take away from the book, the first person narrative keeps the story compelling

This book is categorized for younger readers, HarperCollins website says it is for ages 8+ or 12+.  Big Tudor fans who have read through all the recent adult novels about this period might find it a little too light, but I found it to be a quick and satisfying read about a little known woman from history.  

washingtonpoststyle:

In honor of International Women’s Day, a continuing series of women we love.
Ada Lovelace. Developing the field of computer science while wearing a corset. That’s what we call Steampunk.

washingtonpoststyle:

In honor of International Women’s Day, a continuing series of women we love.

Ada Lovelace. Developing the field of computer science while wearing a corset. That’s what we call Steampunk.

ilovecharts:

Florence: Mother of Nursing - Mother of  Infographics?
Florence Nightingale was not only a pioneer in the world of nursing - she was also a statistician. This polar area diagram of causes of death in the Crimean War is a form of pie chart that she created. It’s informative and combines graphic and text to tell a powerful story about the decline in deaths from infectious diseases during the war.

ilovecharts:

Florence: Mother of Nursing - Mother of  Infographics?

Florence Nightingale was not only a pioneer in the world of nursing - she was also a statistician. This polar area diagram of causes of death in the Crimean War is a form of pie chart that she created. It’s informative and combines graphic and text to tell a powerful story about the decline in deaths from infectious diseases during the war.

(Source: publichealthrn)

From left: Australia’s Shirley Strickland (Bronze), Great Britain’s Maureen Gardner (Silver), and the Netherland’s Fanny Blankers-Koen (Gold).
London Olympics, 1948

From left: Australia’s Shirley Strickland (Bronze), Great Britain’s Maureen Gardner (Silver), and the Netherland’s Fanny Blankers-Koen (Gold).

London Olympics, 1948

life:

Not originally published in LIFE. American diver Zoe Ann Olsen prepares for a springboard dive. She won silver in London in 1948.
See more photos here.

life:

Not originally published in LIFE. American diver Zoe Ann Olsen prepares for a springboard dive. She won silver in London in 1948.

See more photos here.

Queenie Newell, 1908 gold medalist in archery.  Fifty three years old at the time, Queenie is the oldest woman to ever win a gold medal.

Queenie Newell, 1908 gold medalist in archery.  Fifty three years old at the time, Queenie is the oldest woman to ever win a gold medal.

Seventeen year old Ruth Hood was one of 200 Canadian students chosen to attend the coronation of George VI by the Overseas Education League.

Seventeen year old Ruth Hood was one of 200 Canadian students chosen to attend the coronation of George VI by the Overseas Education League.

wiscohisto:

Cross-stitch sampler by Anne Thomas, Wales, 1864.
This needlework sampler, which includes two verses in Welsh and one in English, was stitched by Anne Thomas of Wales. Anne’s daughters Mary and Elizabeth came to Wisconsin in the 1890s, joining other relatives who had previously settled in the Waukesha area. The first Welsh immigrants to Wisconsin arrived in 1840. 
via: Waukesha County Museum by way of Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database
read more: Sadie Rowlands Price, “The Welsh of Waukesha County,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 26:3 (1943)

wiscohisto:

Cross-stitch sampler by Anne Thomas, Wales, 1864.

This needlework sampler, which includes two verses in Welsh and one in English, was stitched by Anne Thomas of Wales. Anne’s daughters Mary and Elizabeth came to Wisconsin in the 1890s, joining other relatives who had previously settled in the Waukesha area. The first Welsh immigrants to Wisconsin arrived in 1840. 

via: Waukesha County Museum by way of Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database

read more: Sadie Rowlands Price, “The Welsh of Waukesha County,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 26:3 (1943)

womenatwar:


A WAAF tractor driver with a train of full bomb trolleys, RAF Mildenhall 1942

womenatwar:

A WAAF tractor driver with a train of full bomb trolleys, RAF Mildenhall 1942

May Sutton was the first American* (male or female) to win the singles title at Wimbledon.  Her sisters Violet, Florence and Ethel were also well known competitive tennis players.
May retired from tennis in her mid-20s to raise a family, but returned to the court in 1921 at age 35 and became the fourth ranked player in the US.  In 1928, May teamed up with her daughter Dorothy Cheney to become the only mother/daughter pair seeded at the US Open.  
*May was born in England, but immigrated to California at age 6.

May Sutton was the first American* (male or female) to win the singles title at Wimbledon.  Her sisters Violet, Florence and Ethel were also well known competitive tennis players.

May retired from tennis in her mid-20s to raise a family, but returned to the court in 1921 at age 35 and became the fourth ranked player in the US.  In 1928, May teamed up with her daughter Dorothy Cheney to become the only mother/daughter pair seeded at the US Open.  

*May was born in England, but immigrated to California at age 6.

greatestgeneration:

President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth laughing and looking at things.

“That’s right…we won!”

Nurses are seen clearing debris from one of the wards in St. Peter’s Hospital, Stepney, East London, on April 19, 1941. Four hospitals were among the buildings hit by German bombs during a full scale attack on the British capital. (AP Photo)

Nurses are seen clearing debris from one of the wards in St. Peter’s Hospital, Stepney, East London, on April 19, 1941. Four hospitals were among the buildings hit by German bombs during a full scale attack on the British capital. (AP Photo)

The artist Ethel Gabain, newly appointed by the Ministry of Information to make historical war pictures, at work among bombed ruins in the East End of London on November 28, 1940.

The artist Ethel Gabain, newly appointed by the Ministry of Information to make historical war pictures, at work among bombed ruins in the East End of London on November 28, 1940.

omgthatdress:

Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Ensemble

Norman Hartnell, 1952

vicfangirlguide:

A map of Europe drawn and painted by Queen Victoria when she was 11 years old.

vicfangirlguide:

A map of Europe drawn and painted by Queen Victoria when she was 11 years old.

(via victorianfanguide)