Lady Jane

Lady Jane

Streaming Video - 1986
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In 1553, England's idle rich were anything but idle. With the blessing of the royal family, they plundered the riches of the church, stole the finest farmlands, and generally took all the best things the country had to offer. A cousin to the infamous Henry VII, Lady Jane Grey disapproved of the way her fellow nobles behaved, and disagreed with their religious beliefs. But as a sheltered 16-year-old, there wasn?t much she could do about it. Then, through a strange turn of events, Lady Jane Grey was crowned Queen Jane, ruler of all England. Based on the true story of the girl who found herself Queen of England for nine days at age 16, Lady Jane is a historical romance at its bittersweet best. Look for Patrick Stewart as Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount : Made available through hoopla, 1986
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 141 min.)) : sd., col

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Oct 10, 2015

This is a historical drama originally produced as a motion picture in 1986.
To the visiting scholar Roger Ascham, who found her reading Plato, she is said to have complained:
"For when I am in the presence either of father or mother, whether I speak, keep silence, sit, stand or go, eat, drink, be merry or sad, be sewing, playing, dancing, or doing anything else, I must do it as it were in such weight, measure and number, even so perfectly as God made the world; or else I am so sharply taunted, so cruelly threatened, yea presently sometimes with pinches, nips and bobs and other ways (which I will not name for the honour I bear them) ... that I think myself in hell."
In the film, however, Jane talks to Mary's chaplain John Feckenham, who tries to convert her at the end, but Jane doesn't give in to his efforts.
Nonetheless, Jane becomes friends with Feckenhm and allows him to accompany her to the scaffold.
It is a gripping and heart-wrenching story.

Jul 04, 2014

I enjoyed seeing a 19 year old Helena Bonham Carter in this melodramatic period drama. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

Feb 28, 2011

Really good, but a sad ending to a short life. The true story of Queen Jane, the nine days queen.

Jun 14, 2010

A fictionalized and highly romanticized film adaptation of the story of the nine days queen. Helena Bonham Carter physically looks the part of the diminuitive queen, but she failed to capture the strong and intelligent young girl that was Jane Grey. Cary Elwes was quite entertaining as Guilford Dudley. Some parts were quite touching while others fell flat. Not a bad movie, just don't expect it to be accurate.


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