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|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 throâ and the protestant 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. "An impressive debut. Weir shows skill at plotting and maintaining tension, and she is clearly going to be a major player in the . . . historical fiction game." The Independent "Alison Weir is one of our greatest popular historians. In her first work of fiction . . . Weir manages her heroine's voice brilliantly, respecting the past's distance while conjuring a dignified and fiercely modern spirit." London Daily Mail From the Hardcover edition.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||54360020|
|Number Of Pages||416 pages|
|Publisher||Random House Publishing Group|
|LC Classification Number||PR6123.E36I66 2007|
|Praise for Alison Weir Queen Isabella " Compelling, gripping and believable . . . a highly readable tour de force that brings Queen Isabella vividly to life." - The Washington Post Book World " Insightful . . . the acclaimed Weir offers well-researched surprise after surprise about the sensual, rather avaricious but eminently admirable Isabella." - USA Today Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley " The finest historian of English monarchical succession writing now is Alison Weir. . . . Her assiduousness and informed judgment are precisely what make her a writer to trust." - The Boston Globe Eleanor of Aquitaine " Extraordinary . . . exhilarating in its color, ambition, and human warmth. The author exhibits a breathtaking grasp of the physical and cultural context of Queen Eleanor's life." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) " Evocative . . . a rich tapestry of a bygone age and a judicious assessment of her subject's place within it." - Newsday|
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Nine days a Queen: Lady Jane Grey
Alison Weir has taken a new turn into fiction with this book, written from the first person perspective of Lady Jane Grey herself, and characters that knew Lady Jane herself. It is remarkable in the accurateness of the descriptions of clothes, food, and sporting events of the Tudor period, which add to the richness & the drama of Lady Jane's story- a tragic one of her own family betraying her to achieve ambition and a throne. I really liked it because I felt like she herself was speaking to me and telling me her life story, it really enthralled me since Lady Jane is a tragic figure who died very young. Highly recommend if you are into Tudor history.
Finally, a plausible story of Lady Jane Grey.
Finally, a plausible story of Lady Jane Grey. Riveting, realistic and memorable. There have been many supposedly "historic" stories of the "Nine day Queen" that do not have the realism or factual background that this novel has. And, it is fun. The fictional parts are reasonably drawn conclusions from known circumstances, and are applicable to Tudor times instead of modern thought. Very well done again, Ms. Weir.
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Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (2007)
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical novels. Alison weir is primarily a non-fiction writer so this book is full of historical accuracy, but written from as a novel. She approaches the story of the life of Lady Jane Grey from the point of view from many who were involved in her life, as well as from Jane herself and this makes it particularly interesting. I have read other works by this author and have enjoyed them also.
I've read some of Alison Weir's other non-fiction books about the Tudors and enjoyed them very much, so I thought I'd give this fictional book about Lady Jane a try. I was very pleased with the historical accuracy and insite found throughout this novel. While no one knows exactly what Jane's thoughts were, or exactly what she felt, I think Ms. Weir's writings provide us with a believable and entertaining tale. A good choice for anyone interested in Jane Grey.
I have read many historical novels that have made refrences to the Lady Jane Grey but not much detail. This book gives an very interesting look into her life. Very detailed and rich with historical facts. If you like reading historical fiction, then be sure to add this book to your collection today!