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  • Audio CD: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook 18 CDs edition (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471203069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471203060
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 5.9 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
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'Weir's knowledge of the background is immaculate, and she revels in the freedom of fiction without sacrificing historical fact' --The Times

'Weir provides immense satisfaction. She writes in a pacy, vivid style, engaging the heart as well as the mind' --The Independent

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A new novel by bestselling author and historian, Alison Weir --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this novel two teenage girls living 80 years apart, both of whom have suffered for having royal blood, try to solve the mystery of the "Princes in the Tower" ...

As a work of fiction in which the characters try to resolve one of the great unsolved mysteries of real history, "A Dangerous Inheritance" bears serious comparison with Josephine Tey's classic "The Daughter Of Time." Both are excellent novels in which the main characters are trying to discover what happened to the former Edward V and his brother, Richard Duke of York, who are last known to have been alive when they were imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1483.

In Josephine Tey's story the fictional detective was trying to solve the mystery in her own mid 20th-century era, and challenging the prevailing view among historians. By comparison in this novel one of the amateur detectives is a contemporary of the Princes and can seek out first hand accounts from witnesses, and the other, living at the point when their death is just about to pass from living memory to history, can seek out second hand information from people who knew witnesses. And both have a problem Tey's character Inspector Grant did not, that the mystery they are trying to solve is recent enough, and still politically significant enough, for their investigations to draw attention from those currently in power.

One clever irony in this book is that the two heroines are descended respectively from Richard III and Henry VII, the two main suspects who have been put forward as the culprit for the murders of the boys.
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A Dangerous Inheritance

To combine the mystery surrounding the death of King Edward V and his younger brother, and heir presumptive, the Duke of York (aka the `Princes in the Tower') with the nearly equally fascinating, `Queen that never was' Katherine Grey is just too tantalising for words. And to throw in a princess we didn't know about, Kate, the illegitimate daughter of the notorious Richard III - and to link all three together - is just clever and fascinating beyond words. Could the book live up to it? It certainly did.

Alison Weir has written separately about Lady Jane Grey and about the Princes in the Tower so her research is extensive and painstaking and she admits to any fictional interpretations she uses although they do not in any way distract from the sadness of these very unfortunate women's lives. These women were quite literally imprisoned for being too close to the throne in exactly the same way Edward V and his younger brother had been.

Weir presents all the evidence of what is known about the disappearance of the boys and neatly gives two theories - one the far more accepted and acceptable theory that their uncle killed them in order to be able to usurp the throne and keep himself safe from what would happen when the boys inevitably grew and wanted their birth-right. And she includes another tenuous theory presumably to please the conspiracy theorists who are unable to accept that Richard III was a child-killer and usurper.
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Long and involved, a confusing read, but for fans of historical fiction it's brilliant
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As a massive fan of Weir, I could not put this book down. It is full of surprises and shocks, and will bring all different reactions out of you. The book sucks you and makes you feel protective and friendly towards its character!
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A very good read. Alison weir kept to her usual high standard. Wanted it to go on forever.
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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.
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I like Alison Weir her novels are always interesting and well written, this was as usual and I couldn't put it down.
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