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Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey | [Alison Weir]

Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir has earned her reputation as the preeminent historian of British royalty. Now with Innocent Traitor, Weir utilizes her vast knowledge and captivating narrative style to craft her first historical novel, choosing Lady Jane Grey, the most sympathetic heroine of Tudor England, as her enthralling subject.

The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Jane is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

Weir's striking novel sweeps readers back through the centuries to witness firsthand one of the most poignant tales from a time of constant scheming and power brokering.

©2007 Alison Weir; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Weir proves herself deft as ever." (Publishers Weekly)
"Complex yet completely absorbing....A brilliantly vivid and psychologically astute novel." (Booklist)

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    Ylba Ellenwood, GA, USA 12-11-09
    Ylba Ellenwood, GA, USA 12-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great reading"

    Weir has the ability to make you feel right in the middle of the story. Her accurate history details is amazing. Please add more of her books.

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    M Hayes Weaverville, NC United States 09-25-09
    M Hayes Weaverville, NC United States 09-25-09 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent Read!"

    I was mesmerized by this wonderful audio book. The narrators are excellent. I learned a great deal about this dramatic time in English history. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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    Amy Corona, US, Canada 08-16-09
    Amy Corona, US, Canada 08-16-09
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    "love love love it!"

    If you enjoy Tudor-era history, you'll love this one! There are plenty of historical facts, and Weir is a master of making her characters come to life and seem to be people you could know. Details down to clothes, food, chambers all contribute to the beauty of this story. This little known Tudor gets her due here.

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    P. Shook 05-02-09
    P. Shook 05-02-09 Member Since 2011
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    "History buffs will love this book"

    The author gives us an inside look into the mind of the innocent young girl, Lady Jane Grey. Jane was pushed and abused by the very people who should have stood strong to protect her. Old England was in a religious transition and Jane was caught in the middle. The readers did a superb job in the narration. I truly enjoyed this 3 part book. Although I knew how the story would end, I kept hoping the outcome would change. This story will stay with me for a long while.

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    mary j aboughadareh 07-29-08
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    "Just like Philippa Gregory's books"

    Another book about the Tudor era. I wouldn't have even guessed it was a different author. If you enjoyed Gregory's books you'll like this one.

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    N Greer, SC, USA 01-26-09
    N Greer, SC, USA 01-26-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Great historical fiction"

    Very good historical fiction. This brings history (factual or not) to life. The narrators are ok for some of the characters and others are very good.

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    Michelle Pembroke, NH, United States 01-12-09
    Michelle Pembroke, NH, United States 01-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story..pulls you in."

    This was a great read. I would highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys historical fiction. I liked how the author gives the perspective of several different characters. The author does a great job organizing this story from start to finish. I couldn't wait to turn my ipod on to listen to it every day!

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    Tamara 12-14-08
    Tamara 12-14-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Main character was not likable"

    I really enjoy historical fiction, especially 16th century England. But I found the character of Jane Grey to be unsympathetic. I think I may have liked her character more if her intellectual achievements had been better highlighted in the book (they were just alluded to).

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    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 07-21-08
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 07-21-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Good Story of Tudor England"

    This is an historical fiction account of Lady Jane Grey that seems true to what is known while delving into the emotions and details that can be guessed at. It is an exciting story about a fascinating period in history. Writing style and narration were average to good.

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    Sarai Belton, MO, USA 04-02-08
    Sarai Belton, MO, USA 04-02-08
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    "Wonderful"

    I thought this book was amazing. You never really knew what was going to happen next. Even some of the true history was stated in some places in the book. If you like, stories about the Tudor dynasty this is one book you should read. I mostly listen to my audio books while driving so every time I got to the place I was going I hated turning off my truck because I wanted to know what would happen next.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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