Innocent Traitor is a historical novel by Alison Weir, published in It is the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for nine days in Alison Weir, our pre-eminent popular historian, has now fulfilled a life’s ambition to write historical fiction. She has chosen as her subject the bravest, most. 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.

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The passages narrated by Admiral Thomas Seymour and Lord Guilford Dudley, which provided lighter and more humorous insights, were edited out of the book, making it an altogether darker tale. She received her Librarian Note: Were there facts that you felt you had to leave out because they would have seemed too far-fetched?

Now of course, she would be condemned as a vicious child abuser but it seems even in those harsh traitlr, people were appalled by how she and her husband treated Jane.

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Innocent Traitor

And in doing their bidding, of course, she would be the instrument through which the kingdom would be saved from Catholicism. Yes, I know the account is fictional but with such a reknowned historian writing we can be fairly certain that the events, if not the motive I enjoyed this book, sad and flawed as it was. Will I understand who is who? Do you think historical fiction is a good way for people to get into history?

Because I knew it well, I was aware that it had all the elements of a compelling and poignant tale, and I needed a story that was not too long.


Immediately, we are asking questions. It is clear, however, that she did not want the crown and that she remained troubled about not being rightfully entitled to it. So sad and so very tragic that this was the way of women’s lives in the fifteenth century.

Ellen and Katherine Parr, King Henry’s last wife. Against his might, and the injunctions of her parents, Jane was powerless. Nurse Ellen is fantastic. To secure his position Northumberland marries Jane off to Guilford Dudleyhis youngest son. It’s out of place and just feels really uncomfortable — kind of like gore-porn.

May 23, Monique rated it really liked it Shelves: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I made me hope things were different. They wanted to make sure that their plot worked before really committing themselves to anything. I like that in a relatively short book one gets a quick summary traihor Tudor history; Henry VIII, his wives and progeny, are quickly summarized so you can understand how Lady Jane Grey came to be queen for nine days. I am not religious, and I do not have faith, and I prefer reading about people from the lower classes, so the chances I could like traktor book are pretty slim, but I wanted to have a basic understanding of the Tudors.

Or was Frances perhaps trying to re-establish herself at court and so distance herself from the tragedy that had overtaken her family? But which subject to choose?

Weir just can’t handle prose and character voice. It was indeed fortuitous that my artist friend picks up the book and asks how come I missed noticing this book. So what do I like and not like about Innocent Traitor? To hear Alison Weir speak about this painting on Woman’s Hourgo to http: At the same time you can take it too far.


Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey– book review

Just skip this one. If it encourages someone to get into alisoon seriously then I think that is fabulous. This is an extraordinary and powerful picture.

The author discusses the choices that she made in writing portions of the book where there is uncertainty in the historical record or where she took a certain degree of creative license. Innocent Traitor, by Alison Weir 1 11 Mar 12, Edward VI died on July 6 and the unwilling Jane’s famously short reign as Queen began on July 10th, ending on July 19th tfaitor Mary I was named the true monarch and Jane was charged with treason.

I cannot stress enough how absurd this is. Jane always felt that her parents were disappointed that she was not a boy. There is a clear family tree in the front of the book. He was callous and ruthless, and I think that if I had been married to him, I innocennt well have murdered him!

It is not clear why Frances relinquished her claim in favour of her daughter. Aliso goes back to when I was researching a biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Later wfir, I became a published historian, and for many years focused entirely on adhering to the strict disciplines of historical interpretation and reining in my formidable imagination! The whole experience was liberating, not just being able to do away with footnotes.

I’m not sure what it is, exactly, but Innocemt writing style makes me nuts. Yet, it is all in the third person.

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