Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

by Alison Weir
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Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir

I am now a condemned traitor . . . I am to die when I have hardly begun to live.
Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir's enthralling debut novel, breathing new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey-"the Nine Days' Queen"-a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.
The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn's beheading and the demise of Jane's infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane's adolescent cousin, and Henry's successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor.
Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.
Alison Weir uses her unmatched skills as a historian to enliven the many dynamic characters of this majestic drama. Along with Lady Jane Grey, Weir vividly renders her devious parents; her much-loved nanny; the benevolent Queen Katherine Parr; Jane's ambitious cousins; the Catholic "Bloody" Mary, who will stop at nothing to seize the throne; and theprotestant and future queen Elizabeth. Readers venture inside royal drawing rooms and bedchambers to witness the power-grabbing that swirls around Lady Jane Grey from the day of her birth to her unbearably poignant death. Innocent Traitor paints a complete and compelling portrait of this captivating young woman, a faithful servant of God whose short reign and brief life would make her a legend.

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ISBN-13: 9780345494856
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor of Aquitaine; Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley; The Six Wives of Henry VIII; Queen Isabella; and several other historical biographies. She lives in Surrey with her husband and two children.

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ColeBC More than 1 year ago
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.
Kiamara More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Lady Jane is one of my favorite historical figures, I love reading anything that I can on her. This novel is very well researched, and the way that it is written from different perspectives helps move the story along. Most novels about Jane Grey are told only from her perspective and they get a little bit boring when she is imprisioned, as they all seem to say the same thing. Weir's version provides the reader with the perspectives of people outside of the prison, and allow the reader to know more of what actually happened. It is one of the best accounts of Lady Jane that I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story of Lady Jane Grey. If you love Tudor history, this book is for you. I knew very little about the life of Lady Jane Grey before reading Innocent Traitor. After reading it, I researched the life of this tragic figure. I was delighted to find that Allison Weir's facts were accurate. While reading this book, I felt that I got to know Lady Jane Grey and understood the hardships she was faced to endure. I thought about her story days after completing the novel. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Denise Hurst More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book.
Tudorfan More than 1 year ago
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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Very captivating
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If you enjoy History you will not be able to put this book down. Very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very moving story of a lovely young girl used for the gains of her family and selfish men. She personifies dignity and grace!
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Was beautifully written, one of my top 20 favorite novels.
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Great book. But when i read the Lady Elizabeth, it was almost like reading the same book. I was a little disappointed in the similarity between the two.
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Ladybug777 More than 1 year ago
Great book and i couldn't put it down. I have been obsessed with Lady Jane Grey since seeing the 1986 movie as a child. I like learning more about her and was excited when this book came out. There is a lot of fantasy mixed in with facts but that's point of historical fiction.
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