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Alison Weir
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18 July 2013

Two women separated by time are linked by the most famous murder mystery in history, the Princes in the Tower.

Lady Katherine Grey has already suffered more than her fair share of tragedy. Newly pregnant, she has incurred the wrath of her formidable cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who sees her as a rival to her insecure throne.

Alone in her chamber in the Tower, she finds old papers belonging to a kinswoman of hers, Kate Plantagenet, who forty years previously had embarked on a dangerous quest to find what really happened to her cousins, the two young Princes who had last been seen as captives in the Tower.

But time is not on Kate's side - nor on Katherine's either ...

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (18 July 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0099534592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099534594
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots and Isabella: She-Wolf of France.

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"Stunning . . . spine-tingling . . . A richly layered cake of love, sex, danger, death and mystery" (Sunday Express)

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Two women separated by time are linked by the most famous murder mystery in history. A new novel by the bestselling author of The Captive Queen and The Princes in the Tower

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best incursion into novel writing 11 Aug 2012
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I am a huge admirer of Alison Weir and have read most of her books. She is an eminent historian so I was a bit surprised that she had ventured into the realm of the historical novel, although it may be more lucrative than writing pure history. This book was, to my mind, her best in the novel genre. It was absolutely fascinating, as much as anything, because I knew nothing at all about Lady Katharine Grey and Katharine Plantaganet. Alison Weir has written many books about the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors, so her grasp of the period is very detailed. Katharine Grey was the younger sister of the unfortunate Lady Jane Grey who was beheaded after a Protestant conspiracy proclaimed her queen after the death of Edward VI. Katharine became one of Mary Tudor's ladies and renounced her Protestant faith. However, she fell foul of Elizabeth, apparently even before the latter became queen, and although she was next in order of succession in the event of Elizabeth's death, this was never recognised, especially as she married for love without the queen's permission. Katharine Plantaganet was the illegitimate daughter of Richard III and her story is about the change in Richard's personality and ambitions after the death of Edward IV. Alison Weir is attempting to deal here with a great puzzle for many historians. Richard was a well liked and able administrator in the North of England - based at Middleham castle (now a ruin) until the death of Edward IV left England with a King who was still a minor and the possibility of a continuation of the kind of instability which prevailed in the reign of Henry VI. There can be no doubt at all that it was in the interests of Henry VII and the Tudors to blacken Richard's name, because their claim to the throne was not particularly strong, and many records of the time were destroyed. Reading this novel will excite your curiosity and make you want to read more into a fascinating period of history.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Looking up Alison Weir's biography I see that we're about the same age, and as lovers of history and historical novels I bet we've read the same sort of books in similar quantities over the years. So all credit to her for ploughing through to the end of this one without giving up out of sheer boredom - I know I nearly did.
Her fans have given this latest effort four or five stars, and if I'd never read a history book or novel set in this period before I might just have given it three myself. But I have, of course, and I'm sure she has too, many, many times - because it's Richard III and the princes in the Tower, and Tudor plots and Lady Jane Grey, all over again.
Ms Weir is a successful historian of the popular variety (and nothing wrong with that), but this is supposed to be a novel: so why on earth didn't she try something different, some fictional twist to give us new insight into these all-too-familiar characters and these well-worn tales? Otherwise, what's the point, when it's all been done before, and often better? (Just to name two off the top of my head: The Sunne in Splendour and The Daughter Of Time).
Yes, she grinds out the plot efficiently, but in the end all she's given us are cardboard cut-out portrayals of all the usual suspects, some mawkish love affairs, and the less than startling (and some might say dubious) conclusion that Sir Thomas More was right after all.
I suppose she'd say that she's not just regurgitating the story, that the book's unique selling point is the double narrative, alternating between Kate Plantagenet in the 1480s and Lady Katherine Grey in the 1550s/60s.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First class historical fiction! 27 Jun 2012
By EleanorB TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Although not vastly far apart in chronological terms, our two heroines are divided not just by a few decades of history, but by some of the great upheavals that shook England after the death of Edward the Fourth. His two sons, the Princes in the Tower, were his legitimate heirs, but power was usurped by his brother, Richard Duke of Gloucester who was finally defeated at Bosworth by the putative Henry the Seventh. The shifting tides of loyalty and religious struggles meant that almost overnight, a person could find themselves designated "traitor" simply by being on the wrong side of some divide or other. Many unfortunates paid the ultimate price for these ruthless schisms.

Katherine Grey is a descendant of Henry the Eighth through one of his sisters, and in the aftermath of the early death of the young King Edward (Henry the Eighth's sole male heir), she along with her older sister Jane find themselves in line of succession, if Mary Tudor does not succeed in claiming her birthright as queen to succeed her half brother. Mary Tudor does succeed and Jane Grey, having been forced by her family to accept the Crown, is then deposed after a reign of only 9 days - and despite her youth, executed - a horrible tragedy for a helpless, unhappy young woman. Katherine as her sister is denied the fulfilment of her marriage; her family now being on the wrong side of both religion and politics, and she no longer a matrimonial prize.

Lonely and sad, Katherine finds a portrait, and deciphers the person portrayed as Kate Plantagenet, illegitimate daughter of the ursurper Richard the Third. Her tale is also one of tragedy, as her young cousins disappear into the Tower and her father claims the crown. Is he a murderer?
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2.0 out of 5 stars interesting story . . .
. . . but shame about the dialogue.

Alison Weir presents an intriguing tale which weaves together the stories of two Katherine's, one the illegitimate daughter of... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good read
Published 16 days ago by Tina James
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good little book
Published 1 month ago by E. Tait
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Published 1 month ago by Linda Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantatsic tale that you can't put down
This is a wonderful tale of 2 girls separated by 3 generations of one family. But have these things in common... they are too close to the crown and they marry into it by force. Read more
Published 2 months ago by likealittle
2.0 out of 5 stars It sadly doesn't deliver
This had so much potential even though it was a re-working of the Princes in the Tower mystery. Along with many people I know the various theories of what allegedly happened to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sussex bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read.
Published 2 months ago by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful historic novel
I gave this book 5 stars as it was a compelling read. the fate of the prince's in the tower will force ever be a mystery. perhaps their remains will be found one day.
Published 2 months ago by PAMELA GOLDING
5.0 out of 5 stars A must tead
Loved this book, couldn't put it down. Alison Weir always delivers, she understands the periods and makes it easy to imagine yourself there.
Published 3 months ago by jcqueline rowley
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining novel which sadly lost momentum
Although I was thoroughly captivated for the first half of this novel, it sadly lost momentum through the second half and I began to find both characters a little whiny, their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alana White
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