Nicola Tallis - Author and Historian

‘Nicola Tallis … one of our great popular historians’
Alison Weir


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Welcome to the website of British author and historian Dr Nicola Tallis. Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey, was published in the UK by Michael O’Mara, and in the US by Pegasus in 2016. It is now available for purchase on and

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Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester, was published in the UK in 2017, and in 2018 in the US.


Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch was published in the UK in 2019. It is due for publication in the US with Basic Books on 28 July 2020.

Check out the fantastic trailer for Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey. 


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Crown of Blood got a wonderful mention in The Bookseller on 18th May, check it out here:

Praise for Nicola Tallis and Crown of Blood:

Alison Weir: ‘This is a stunning debut from a young historian who deserves to be recognised as a major talent in her field. It’s history as it should be written, vivid, colourful, 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!’

Tracy Borman: ‘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.’

Sarah Gristwood: ‘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.’

Kate Williams: ‘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.’

Publishers Weekly: ‘Tallis’s clear writing and well-paced narrative heighten the story’s climactic and tragic ending.’

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