Innocent Traitor Hardcover – 6 Apr 2006
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"Alison Weir's hugely popular history books are as gripping as novels, and now she has stepped effortlessly over the boundary... Weir's knowledge of the background is immaculate, and she revels in the freedom of fiction without sacrificing historical fact. Lady Jane is brave and intelligent, and if you don't cry at the end you have a heart of stone." (Kate Saunders The Times)
"Alison Weir is one of our greatest popular historians. In her first work of fiction, she sets out to trace the brief life of one of history's most tragic heroines... Weir manages her heroine's voice brilliantly, respecting the past's distance while conjuring a dignified and fiercely modern spirit. " (Daily Mail)
"This is an impressive debut. Weir shows skill at plotting and maintaining tension, and she is clearly going to be a player in the overcrowded historical fiction game. We can look forward to seeing what subject she'll tackle next." (Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday)
"The story is so compelling and horrible that even a reader well acquainted with it will be gripped...This is a novel that will grip readers and give great pleasure." (Allan Massie Scotsman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling debut novel from one of Britain's most successful popular historians --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Told as it is from many different viewpoints our sympathy is aroused for the learned Jane and we share her dread and horror of an untimely death at the age of sixteen.
I'm so pleased this book was about Lady Jane Grey and all the plots and characters that shaped her destiny. The reader gets completely drawn in, and it's very hard to put this book down. Although the end of Jane's life is well known to history fans, Alison Weir still manages to build the tension beautifully.
There is an interesting "historial note" chapter at the end of the book to explain which parts were historically accurate in the book and which bits were changed for the purpose of the novel.
Saying that I didnt know much about her life but this book filled in that gap and added lots of info of life in Tudor England from midway through Henry VIII's reign to the beginning of Bloody Marys. So if you are fascinated by the Tudor period then you will love this novel. And if you are not moved by the ending then you are harder than me!!
I was a little unsure at the start as I don't normally like books written in the present tense, although the author's high standard of writing soon won me round, and I realized how instrumental this was in building up the tension towards the end. My heart was actually pounding in my chest in the end scenes as I got lost in the drama of the moment.
Fans of historical fiction will love it.
Congratulations Ms Weir on a wonderful story, made all the more poignant because it is true.
This seemed so realistic and painted many vivid images of the Tudor court in my mind. I didn't want it to end. I've bought The Lady Elizabeth to read next and can't wait.
A wonderful, wonderful book - more please!
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This book is very moving. The protagonist is not a character I was familiar with before reading this novel, but I was completely immersed in her world after just few pages. Read morePublished 21 days ago by A C Donnelly-Palmer
Inspired by Elizabeth Fremantles brilliant books the Queens Gambit and Sisters of Treason I went in the hunt for more historical Tudor fiction and can't believe I have waited so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RW
I didn't really know much about Lady Jane Grey apart from the movie I watched years ago. This novel is written from the aspect of several characters including Lady Jane, her mother... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Spinmandy
A great fictional edge but that felt like it could have just as well been real. Thereby it provided a nice account to a historical event which I'm now left feeling like it really... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a real knockout. The kind of book that transports the reader back into the time of the events. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Boore
I read this book some time ago and wanted to read it again. The story is told from many perspectives which gives you an insight into what drives many of the characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael J.N.
Only just started reading, but so far so good, I like the style, the subject - if it continues like this it will rate 5 stars...Published 2 months ago by Judy newland