Her Highness, the Traitor

Her Highness, the Traitor

by Susan Higginbotham
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Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham

"Higginbotham brings the court to life, including vividly described costumes and customs, while producing a fresh view of the people closest to the top in those turbulent times. Fans of her earlier work or that of Philippa Gregory will enjoy this story about the women of position in an age ruled almost entirely by men."—Booklist

A daughter can be a dangerous weapon in the battle for the throne of England

Frances Grey harbored no dream of her children taking the throne. Cousin of the king, she knew the pitfalls of royalty and privilege. Better to marry them off, marry them well, perhaps to a clan like the Dudleys.

Jane Dudley knew her husband was creeping closer to the throne, but someone had to take charge, for the good of the country. She couldn't see the twisted path they all would follow.

The never–before–told story of the women behind the crowning of Jane Grey, this novel is a captivating peek at ambition gone awry, and the damage left in its wake.

"Susan Higginbotham draws the reader under her spell...she brings the dead to life."—Christy English, author of The Queen's Pawn, praise for The Stolen Crown

"A beautiful blending of turbulent history and deeply felt fiction...Higginbotham has given readers of historical fiction a gift to treasure."—Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Irish Princess, praise for The Queen of Last Hopes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402265587
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 582,378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Higginbotham is the author of five historical novels, including The Stolen Crown, The Queen of Last Hopes, and Hugh and Bess. The Traitor's Wife, her first novel, is the winner of ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction and is a Gold Medalist, Historical/Military Fiction, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She writes her own historical fiction blog and is a contributor to the blog Yesterday Revisited. Higginbotham has worked as an editor and an attorney, and lives in North Carolina with her family.

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Her Highness, the Traitor 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
Despite this time period being one of my favorites, I'm seriously lacking in my knowledge (and reading) about Edward VI and especially Lady Jane. This sounded interesting and I hoped that it would provide me with some information I was lacking. I think if I want to get a clearer picture of Edward VI, I will need to read something else. I didn't feel like we got to know him very well. Maybe that's because most of this book takes places when he is a child. The kingdom is ruled in his name through the Protector. There's a lot of confusing details about the King's favorite uncle trying to oust the Protector, thus loosing his head. Then the people surrounding the King feel the Protector is abusing his power. He lost his head too. I know this was all important, but I was bored. All it did was show me how little power the king had (because he was a child) and how much of laid in the hands of the nobility. And, it didn't take much for those to turn on you. I found it intriguing that Henry VIII's will gave such a clear line of succession, and that he bypassed his niece in favor of her children (I'm sure he was hoping for a male somewhere in there). I also found it hard to believe that a king who seemed to have so little sway and knew his father's demands was so determined for Lady Jane to take over the thrown. He had to know this was a bad idea right? Did he think his sister Mary was just going to sit by when her father was so clear in her right to rule? And did her really think Lady Jane would make a good Queen? She had never been raised as such. I think there's a whole lot to this story the book isn't telling us. Which bring us to Lady Jane herself. I half wish the book would have be at least partially told from her point of view. The view points we do get do absolutely nothing for her. I didn't like her. She's that person who now days we would call "book smart" but she lacks any common sense. Plus, she seemed to have very little human compassion. A person like that shouldn't rule, and I think King Edward could have figured that out very easily. I also disliked that the minute they named her Queen, she got this sense of entitlement. I was sad to see that she was finally beheaded after so long of time. I don't think she deserved to die, although I do understand why Queen Mary felt like she had to do it. For all of that, you would think I disliked the book. That's not entirely the case. It filled in the gaps that I have between Monarchs. I think it shows the state of the country and how it might have been effected when Mary came in the crown. It also reminded me how easily people lost their heads in this day. Plus, it's historical fiction and I'm not disappointed that I read it.
penname96 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Higginbotham takes the story we thought we knew about Jane Grey and turns it on it's head! John Dudley wasn't an evil man? Frances Grey didn't beat her daughter? Was Edward VI poisoned? Manipulated? Knowing Higginbotham is one of our trusted Historical Fiction authors, I couldn't wait to dig into her notes at the end. As usual she did her research and didn't jump on the myths and false accusations so many other writers and Hollywood have done. The author gives us the story of The 9 Day Queen through the eyes of Frances Grey and Jane Dudley. I'm not rehashing the plot here, but basically Frances' daughter Jane and Jane's son Guildford are brought together for one of the most interesting and rumor filled speculative stories in history of how they were put on the throne. Why 4.5 stars and not 5? Only because the first person narrative was a little confusing in the beginning. Especially if you put the book down and without finishing the chapter. Also Higginbotham can throw you with calling a person by his name in one paragraph and using only his title the next. Even though I'm familiar with the characters even I had to check the character list in the front throughout the book. This is a typical Higginbotham read. Great insight. Great storytelling without the fluff. If you want to know about Jane Grey or like me think you know all about her, read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so touched by the people in this book. Hard to accept what happened to this young girl. Thank God I live in a time where I have some say over my life. Made me really appreciate not having to answer to a King.
Ferbat More than 1 year ago
The writing of Ms Higginbotham on this, her latest, continues her magic of making the reader transported to those long ago times. It is well worthed waiting for the release on e-book. Like all the other magnificent novels, entertains and educates. Already waiting for her next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot better than what I have been reading lately. I liked all the intreague and antics of the people at court.
CherylandMattD More than 1 year ago
I love reading stories from this time period. I have read so many and have never heard this story. It made me look more into this girl who was queen for such a short time and I bought several more books. I think it was really well written and as I said, made me want to read more about her! I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 star
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Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when the lovelys at Sourcebooks gifted this book to me during BEA12. As a Historian, I adore The Tudors, and will gobble up any and all books that have to do with the period. Anne Boleyn is my absolute favorite of King Henry VIII's wives, and with the exception of Queen Elizabeth, I love reading about Jane Grey. This book was all about Jane Grey as told through the eyes of her mother and mother-in-law. Before I started reading this book I had a conversation with my friend about the lack of variety in the names of people during this time. Every girl was named Jane, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, or Katherine. Boys had names like Henry, Edward, John, James, or Richard. That often makes following stories like this a little hard to do. Knowing how this can be confusing, the producers of the Tudors changed peoples names to avoid this confusion. This book is one that should have done that. I was often confused not only by who was being spoken about but also who was talking. I sort of hated how the narrator switched back and forth, often I had no idea who was talking and who they were talking about. Even when she mentioned their titles (Somerset and Suffolk) it got all very confusing. I had a really hard time keeping names and people straight, which can be understandable as there were a lot of key players during this time period. I thought the writing was wonderful although I came to a point where I would just start skimming because it was difficult to focus on some parts. There were many times (as happens with HF) that things just didn't matter and that made the story progress slowly. I did like that the story was told from a very different perspective. When I seek out books regarding Jane Grey, I never really thought of a book about her from the perspective of her mother in law. All in all it was an interesting book, but I should have gone into this expecting a longer read, but I didn't and that was my own fault. I still might read more by Higginbotham, but not one with multiple narrators. Either way a fun new way to look at Queen Mary and King Edward.
Bookworm33LD More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this pne down. Even though I knew much of the story, the author kept me turning pages to see what was next. I will be looking for more books by this writer.
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The story was well written and quite good, however, there were so many people with the same name it was difficult to keep track.
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A little slow, but a pretty good read.
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jomom5 More than 1 year ago
I love Susan Higginbotham, and she has done it again. A highly entertaining book about a little known historical era. I love Ms. Higginbotham's books because they are always a facinating read, and I learn about real history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and reading another version of historical events. The author's notes also explains his writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Highly recommend for those who love history.