- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 772,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Dangerous Inheritance (unabridged audiobook) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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
A new novel by bestselling author and historian, Alison Weir --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Dangerous Inheritance is a story of deadly intrigue where the lust for power dominated the players who juggled with lives of innocents in order to gain the favour of kings and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alison Kustner
an easy read with lots of fiction weaved around facts and entertaining.Published 11 months ago by ele