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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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir. I am now a condemned traitor. I am to die when I have hardly begun to live.

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 Weid uses her unmatched skills as a historian to enliven the many dynamic characters of this majestic drama. Readers allson inside royal drawing rooms and bedchambers to witness weiir 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 aljson brief life would make her a legend.

Hardcoverpages. Published February 27th by Ballantine Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Innocent Traitorplease sign up. Morgaine I think the thing about John Dudley, was that he wanted to get things right.

I’ve been reading another book, titled Lady Jane Grey: The most important thing to remember, though, is that John Dudley was the fall guy, so there were many rumors spread about him that are either not true or there is no proof for it. Innoceny 1 slison about Innocent Traitor….

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Lists with This Book. The Lady Elizabeth was bad but mildly entertaining, possibly because of the appearance of one of the most interesting figures from history, but Innocent Traitor is just plain bad. It begins with two very dull parallel birth scenes and gets worse from there. The language is tedious and pedestrian, sending me to sleep rather than catching innocent attention.

Gee, I wonder what will happen?! This writing is just so juvenile and limp. Frances and Henry were still young at 20 years old and had only been married for four years, and whilst sons were undoubtedly desired, it was hardly a disaster for the Greys to onnocent only daughters. King Henry VIII meanwhile, at the time the future Edward VI was born, was 46 years old, on his third marriage after almost traitr years of married life, and had only two surviving acknowledged but illegitimated daughters, and it was important to him to have a son because it was unprecedented for a woman to be accepted as ruler of England in her own right and the young Tudor dynasty could still be traior.

I cannot stress enough how absurd this is.

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Weiir and Elizabeth Tudor are titled “Princess” in the book when they were actually titled “Lady”. Jane Parker is once again condemned for taking down Anne and George Boleyn. Frances and Adrian Stokes are described according to the painting which for years now has been known to actually be Mary Neville and her son. Oh, and of course, Frances and Henry Grey beat their poor daughter Jane black and blue.


Tempted as I am to explain in detail exactly why all of this is wrong, I’m simply going to link y’all to that business and you can click on it if you’re interested. Whether she did this out of sheer bad research or purposely to make things “jucier”, I don’t know, but it doesn’t improve the pedestrian prose, only adds a repellent splash of lurid crassness. Innocent Traitor is dull, wildly inaccurate, and unimpressive.

Mar 30, B the BookAddict rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Historical yraitor, Tudor history lovers. Recommended to B the BookAddict by: Lady Jane Grey, born either orwas highly gifted, precocious and intelligent but she was born into a time when her life was constrained by her parents and their machinations at the royal court.

Her birth was a disappointment to her parents who, like most medieval parents, had longed for a son although they soon pinned their hopes on her marrying Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI.

But during Edward’s final illness their choice for Jane changed, due to the machinations of John Dudley, Duke of Lady Jane Grey, born either orwas highly gifted, precocious and intelligent but she was born into a time when her life was constrained by her parents and their machinations at the royal court. But during Edward’s final illness their choice for Jane changed, due to the machinations of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland and Edward’s Regent, and she was betrothed to the Duke’s own son, Guildford Dudley.

Jane was, of course Edward’s cousin and had been named his successor to the throne, apparently after much ‘handling’ by the Duke. Upon Katherine’s death inJane was unceremoniously and unwillingly returned to her family home. Ascham noted Jane’s complaint about her parents: And when I am called from him, I fall on weeping, because whatsoever I do else but learning, is full of grief, trouble, fear, and whole misliking unto me.

And thus my book hath been so much my pleasure, and bringeth daily to me more pleasure and more, that in respect of it, all other pleasures, in very deed, be but trifles and troubles unto me.

A staunch Protestant, she would correspond and debate with them on various subjects including theology. Edward VI died on July 6 and the unwilling Jane’s famously short reign as Queen began on July 10th, ending on July 19th when Mary I was named the true monarch and Jane was charged with treason. Alison Weir has selected a tragic heroine for her first historical fiction novel but I felt that she doesn’t impart much personality into any of her characters.

You are getting the facts but there’s not a lot a feeling here. Of course, you’d have to be a rock not to feel for Jane’s situation or to dislike Frances Brandon, Jane’s mother but I did not feel the characters speaking to me.

I loved the nurse Mrs Ellen who, unlike her parents, actually loved Jane and was with her from a very early age right up until the moment of her death.

While the cover exhorted me to cry for Jane, I did not but I have felt an overwhelming sense of sadness for this young girl since I read her story. While I would recommend that you read this novel because it provides much historical detail, I can only rate it 3.

View all 9 comments. Apr 01, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: Innocent Traitor is what should be a fascinating narrative of the life of the young Lady Jane Grey, the little known queen that reigned for a mere 9 days – yet somehow it isn’t. Perhaps it’s because it’s written by someone who normally sticks to non-fiction, but something is lacking. It’s written from several different perspectives, which reveals Alison Weir’s shortcomings. She fails to give her characters strong, unique voices, and they tend to blend together.

Though I’ve found myself consumed Innocent Traitor is what should be a fascinating narrative of the life of the young Inoncent Jane Grey, the little known queen that reigned for a mere 9 days – yet somehow it isn’t. Though I’ve ttaitor myself consumed by thoughts of Jane’s difficult life for several hours after finishing the last page, I think this is because I know that Jane Grey was a real person, and not because I was enthralled by Alison Weir’s story-wielding laison.


Still – it was a decent read, and I innocfnt quite a bit. Most of this novel is true; Alison Weir has only added in bits here and there to add flavour, and these have all been recorded in a little blurb at the end of the book.

Turns out the most unbelievable parts are actually true. Which is incredibly satisfying albeit alarming. View all 3 comments. Aug 24, Connie rated it really liked it Shelves: She was a quiet, precocious girl who loved learning and was extremely well educated.

Jane was a Protestant who spent much of her time on religious studies. Jane always felt that her parents were disappointed that she was not a boy. After forcing Jane into a marriage that she did not want, they hatched a plot to gain power in the royal court.

Henry’s daughter’s Mary and Elizabeth were next in succession, but they were considered “bastards” after Henry’s marriages were annulled. Through some questionable legal maneuvers, Lady Jane became queen for nine days. Lady Jane had no wish to be appointed queen, but finally accepted it to prevent Mary, a devout Catholic, from taking the throne.

Mary fought back with a large army, and a time of religious unrest and violence followed. This was a fascinating book about a lovely, innocent girl who got caught up in other people’s plans for power with tragic results. It was also interesting how Henry VIII’s decision to break with Rome eventually snowballed into a religious bloodbath.

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Alison Weir brought history to life in this excellent historical novel. View all 4 comments. Jun 02, Stacey Crate rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Patty Jones, Sara Copher.

It is a shame aloson I have always found the story of how Lady Jane Grey, great niece to King Henry VIII and girl of 16, was placed on the throne after Edward’s death and bypassed Mary and Elizabeth’s right to the throne as one of the more intriguing stories about the infamous Tudor family and the efforts taken to keep England a protestant country.

Little did Jane know that her parents and Queen Katharine Parr’s scheming would place Jane on the wier for 9 days, only to then be forcibly removed from the throne by Queen Mary’s claim to the crown. This book is the first piece of fiction written by best selling Tudor historian, Allison Weir.

I think her vast knowledge of Tudor history gave extra credibility to the telling of this rarely heard story. I particularly enjoyed hearing the story through the perspective of several different characters: Anyone who has read Phillipa Gregory’s series about the Tudor wives and children should definitely add this to their collection. A riveting story while at the same time being a piece of history. Mar 07, booklady rated it really liked it Shelves: With over ten works of history to her credit, Wlison is one of my favorite British Renaissance and Reformation historians mostly because she presents the Catholic and Protestant theological differences of the era in an impartial manner without resorting to inflammatory or stereotypical rhetoric.

I really knew they would, mostly I was just curious on one or two points. In the beginning, it especially bothered me that Jane sounded like an adult at three and five.