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Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Tragic Story

I was surprised to find myself so enthralled by this book. Usually I don't like first person accounts, or narratives that jump between narrators. However, the writing is so fluid and well-done that it's easy to make the transition. Knowing Jane was a real person made ...
I was surprised to find myself so enthralled by this book. Usually I don't like first person accounts, or narratives that jump between narrators. However, the writing is so fluid and well-done that it's easy to make the transition. Knowing Jane was a real person made the story even more tragic, especially when I suddenly remembered her age at the time of her execution. Having visited many of the locations in the book, such as the Tower and Hampton Court made it even more meaningful.

posted by ColeBC on April 12, 2010

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5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed....

Lady Jane Grey is one of the most fascinating characters in English history. That said, she does not need to be involved in highly unlikely plot twists that involve her finding the order for the arrest of Katherine Parr or being graphically raped by her new husband. I g...
Lady Jane Grey is one of the most fascinating characters in English history. That said, she does not need to be involved in highly unlikely plot twists that involve her finding the order for the arrest of Katherine Parr or being graphically raped by her new husband. I got thoroughly disgusted after reading about Jane and a court gown. Jane is forced to wear it and is so disgusted that she unlaces it, rips it over her head, and "tug[s] at the sleeve, and it rips at the seam". !!!! Anyone interested in the fashions of Tudor times knows THIS COULD NOT HAPPEN. Royal/upper-class Tudor women wore bodices, which were worn over overskirts, which were worn over petticoats, and which had sleeves *sewn* to the bodice. Sewn TO the bodice, not set into an armhole. I'm not up on historical fashion in minute detail, but I'm pretty sure set-in sleeves didn't appear until sometime in the early 19th century for upper-class clothing. As Alison Weir is purportedly a historian, she should know all this, but as I've noticed she likes to pick and choose facts that support her own particular hypothesis and discard ones that do not (see "The Princes in the Tower"), I really shouldn't have been surprised that she would do the same in a work of fiction. For way-out there theories about Tudor England, give me Philippa Gregory any day. At least she knows how Tudor clothes are put together......and writes a darn-good story, as well..... :)

posted by 861836 on February 10, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2007

    Stick with non-fiction Ms. Weir!

    I was thoroughly disappointed this offering by Alison Weir. I am a great fan of all of her other books, but her first foray into adult fiction was a let down. I thought the dialogue was stilted and, while the subject was interesting, it was presented in a manner more befitting a less weighty subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    A must read

    If you enjoy History you will not be able to put this book down.
    Very interesting.

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