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Traitors of the Tower (Quick Read) [Paperback]

Alison Weir
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4 Mar 2010 Quick Read

A short, sharp shot of royal revenge.

More than four hundred years ago, seven people - five of them women - were beheaded in the Tower of London. Three had been queens of England. The others were found guilty of treason. Why were such important people put to death?

Alison Weir's gripping book tells their stories: from the former friend betrayed by a man set on being king, to the young girl killed after just nine days on the throne. Alison Weir is a wonderful storyteller. Through her vivid writing, Alison Weir brings history alive.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099542285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099542285
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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"Alison Weir is one of our greatest popular historians" (Daily Mail)

"Weir provides immense satisfaction. She writes in a pacy, vivid style, engaging the heart as well as the mind" (Amanda Foreman Independent)

"Weir wears her learning lightly and has a pleasant habit of anticipating all the questions of a curious reader" (Publishers Weekly)

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Produced as part of the Quick Reads Series, Alison Weir's Traitors of the Tower is a wonderful introduction to this brilliant historian.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 21 July 2010
By Sarah
I picked this book up to read on a bus journey. As a history enthusiast, I quite enjoyed it and think its a good book for people who are interested in the period but don't know where to start.
My one 'issue' with Alison Weir is; she can't seem to make her mind up about the fate of Francis Dereham. Two of her books give him a simple beheading (which is widely seen as incorrect) and a third book gives him the full traitors death. To people that do not know the era very well, this could be confusing.
Other than that one little niggle, a good quick read!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
I run a Reading for Pleasure class for an adult literacy group, and we have recently read this book as part of our course. We use many books from the Quick Reads series, and this was the third one that we have read this year. After we have completed a book, I encourage the learners to comment on the content. Here are some of the comments from the group:

"It's a brief, bite-sized introduction to history";

"I went to visit the Tower of London a while ago. I wish I had bought this book at the time as it would have brought my visit to life";

"It was interesting to read about English culture and lifestyles in Tudor times; we were particularly interested to read about health and hygiene and their effects on birth rate and life expectancy, and how marriages could happen at a young age (as could inheritence of the throne). We all felt sympathy towards the women in the book as they all met with a sad fate - regardless of how powerful they were in their own right.

"This book explains relationships clearly and simply and it is easy to read as it's so short. It's not a book for anyone who wants to examine the lives of its subjects in great detail - try some of the author's other books if this is what you are looking for."
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read. Highly Recommended. 18 Feb 2010
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This is the kind of book that you can dip into whenever you want, because each narrative is so concise. It contains seven short stories about some of the most famous so-called traitors who were executed at The Tower of London, three of them Queens of England, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, and Lady Jane Grey. I found it very interesting and easy to fall into. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother if you are over 11 years of age! 4 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love books of this type, or rather what I thought this was the type!
Thought this would be right up my street, however I was majorly disappointed.
I think the book summary should point out that this book is written in EXTREMELY basic terms. I was surprised as Weir's books are usually so detailed, interesting and informative.
For anyone wanting a basic background on the people in the book, I guess this is fine, but if you have ever read any books on, or have any kmnowledge of, tudor history, you may - as I have to say I did - find this rather insulting to the intelligence!
It was the kind of book I would read to a child who had expressed an interest in this subject. The style of writing is very patronising!!!
This style of book is ok if you know what you are purchasing beforehand, but as I said I strongly feel that the style of this book should be made clear in the synopsis.
I think this book should be put into the category of non fiction for children (and I mean children under the age of around 12/13).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm totally converted!! 19 Mar 2010
My husband bought this as a last minute 'dont know what to get you' mother's day gift! I read it no time (hence the quick read). It's the first history book i've ever read so cant compare it to anything. It was easy language and educational for someone who knows very little and has left me wanting to know more juicy details! I am shopping for my next Alison Weir book!
If you want to know 'something' about the history of The Royal Family or are going to The Tower for a day trip, this is a great read to spark your interest!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars zippy quick guide to the Tower's poor souls.... 25 Feb 2010
By L. Bretherton VINE VOICE
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I didn't realise that these little books were meant for Adult Literacy, but now that I've read one, I see why it seemed a bit simplistic. Written in sparse style, with simple language, this books outlines the fate of 7 traitors who ended up in the Tower. Each story is short, and the whole book will only take an average reader an hour at the most to get through. A useful way to pass time on a train, or waiting at the doctor or dentist. You might actually get to learn some History, too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 28 Jun 2014
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Interesting reading if you like History
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short book at a violent period in history 17 Jun 2014
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The book is short and an easy read. It gives short histories of those men and women who crossed the Elizabethan monarchs - mainly Henry and is interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by E. Tait
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book.I only wish that there was a longer version detailing other cases as I found it very interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. McGinley
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Don't she is really up to date with present day information. Therefore wish I had no ordered it.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia
3.0 out of 5 stars Another tudor factual book.
This is a short informative easy to read book that gives insight into the unfortunate people who ended up in the tower during the tudor reign.
Published 7 months ago by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I can't get enough of Alison Weir books. I have enjoyed all of them.
I never want them to end.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs S M Westwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Traitors in the tower
An excellent read truly well done
I enjoyed every minute every page well executed
Will read more of these books
Published 10 months ago by jim bayliss
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Ace book, very interesting and curiously exciting piece of writing, a very highly rated read for any serious reader out there
Published 13 months ago by tony jesus guillamon
4.0 out of 5 stars A short and snappy read
As well as being used in adult literacy groups and for encouraging people who are not book readers to pick up novels or non-fiction instead of newspapers and magazines, Quick Reads... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Skaty Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars Traitors of the Tower
Perfect for younger readers. A brief outline of some of the more well-known inmates of the Tower of London. Also suitable for those who only want to know the bare facts.
Published 15 months ago by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed to know.
In my humble opinion, Alison Weir is a great History writer.
She produces the truth as she finds it, and makes it very readable. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dohey
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