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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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    Kathryn Brady New York, NY United States 05-27-08
    Kathryn Brady New York, NY United States 05-27-08 Member Since 2006
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    "I really enjoyed this book"

    This book is very well written and the readers were excellent. I was sorry when it ended.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 08-21-07
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 08-21-07 Member Since 2005

    malfi

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    "Excellent Biofiction"

    Alison Weir does a fine job of creating and interweaving her multiple narrators, Lady Jane Grey and the various persons who influenced the direction of her life, including her parents, Katharine Parr, and Mary Tudor. Her Jane is a strong, intelligent young woman, and one can only wonder what might have been had she retained the crown and overthrown the influence of her Dudley inlaws. Weir creates a detailed portrait of aristocratic childhood in the sixteenth century. A captivating read, and the narrator is excellent as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 10-20-11
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "A Sad, Sad Story . . ."

    This book tells the sad -- tragic, even -- story of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for about a millisecond (nine days, actually). Weir does a wonderful job of giving us a fascinating look into the life of this intelligent and educated girl who wound up being a pawn of power-hungry, scheming people, in so many ways. In one sense, the story is almost unbelievable, but it really took place.

    I enjoyed the performance greatly -- the only drawback is that with different voices, I sometimes felt momentarily confused about whom I was listening to. The transitions are marked by what could be openings of letters, as in an epistolary novel: "Lady Jane Grey, Windsor Castle, June 1542," but because I listen while driving, from time to time I missed one of those announcements and had to spend a while figuring out who the speaker was (if only the iPod allowed you to back up a little bit!!). But that's a relatively small matter, and after a while I could figure out who it was by listening to the speaker's voice -- they were generally pretty distinctive.

    I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical novels, but even if you are not one of that ilk, give it a listen anyway. It's a historical story that's so suspenseful and tense, you'll enjoy it no matter what kind of book you like.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 09-22-11
    Tim United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2010

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "Heart Broken"

    I felt every emotion possible listening to this book. I was totally drawn in to this story and character. I loved the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    horslovr 09-16-11
    horslovr 09-16-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was great, and I just couldn't put it down. A great look into a time that we cannot imagine; talk about women's rights! I highly recommend this book, great historical fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Austin, TX, United States 06-26-11
    Alison Austin, TX, United States 06-26-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Lady Jane comes to life."

    I very much enjoyed this story. I've always been sympathetic towards the Lady Jane. Weir tells the story through the voices of each player convincingly with the possible exception of Jane as a small child, who speaks with wisdom beyond her years. This shouldn't put you off from the book, however, as it is such a small section and really innocuous. The story itself is a complicated one and the telling from each point of view gives it a lucidity I've not encountered in other tellings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    modeknit St. Paul, MN 04-06-11
    modeknit St. Paul, MN 04-06-11 Member Since 2004

    The best thing you can make is joy.

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    "Well Written, Well Read"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I love Alison Weir's work, and the narration was TOP RATE with such pros as Davina Porter (an AMAZING reader) and Bianca Amato (another gem!)

    If you're interested in Tudor history, this is a must listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 01-13-11
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 01-13-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding!"

    I hated for it to end as I was completely involved in the imagery of the time and the lives that inhabited it. And, I knew what was coming so dreaded hearing it. I can't say how accurate a portrayal of Lady Jane's life it was as I've never read any other history about her but it felt plausible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Titusville, FL, United States 01-03-11
    Kimberly Titusville, FL, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2006

    Ratings Guide: 5=Loved it; 4=Liked it A Lot; 3=So So; 2=Didn’t like it; 1=No

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    "Lady Jane Grey"

    This book was an excellent listen. The narrators are all my favorites that bring this tragic story to life. I found it amazing that she was such an intellectual at a very young age. The story moves smoothly and is engaging. I highly recommend it. Any historical fiction that inspires one to read more non-fiction about the era is worth my time - this did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Reston, Virginia 08-12-10
    Jean Reston, Virginia 08-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Stunning!"

    I have nothing new to add to the previous comments, but I feel like I must weigh in on this book. I try to ration out my 2 books a month so that they last the whole month, but I literally could not stop listening to this one, and finished it in 2 days. I have enjoyed many audible books, but this one presented a richness and depth that is unsurpassed. The narrators were top-notch all the way through. This recorded book is an amazing achievement by everyone who had a hand in it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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