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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.

Kept me Interested

I really enjoyed reading this book. In doing historical Renaissance Re-enacting, I found this portrail of Jane very interesting. In a time when women and children were viewed as posessions and items to be traded I liked that it shower Lady Jane Grey as a pawn in the p...
I really enjoyed reading this book. In doing historical Renaissance Re-enacting, I found this portrail of Jane very interesting. In a time when women and children were viewed as posessions and items to be traded I liked that it shower Lady Jane Grey as a pawn in the plots of her father and other men in her life. It was full of things that might have happened in her tragic life, but because of her untimely death there is a lot that we don't know. In response to another comment, in actually having to wear the cloths from this time period, not all sleeves were sewn into the bodice. Sleeves and forepars were often made to be removed and added to another dress to make it look like a brand new dress. So the fit about the dress could have been completely possible.

posted by Kiamara on February 19, 2009

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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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    Good Book!

    This book gave me a good feel for how it came to be that Jane Grey took over England. Not much is written about this part of the Tudor line but I thought it was very informative.

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