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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

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Diane
  • United States
  • 10-12-08

Great story

I couldn't stop listening to it This was one of the best audible books I have had the pleasure of listening to. I look forward to more of Alison Weir's books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • V
  • Sumter, SC, USA
  • 09-09-08


The only "problem" I had with this audiobook was an unwillingness to turn it off. Allison Weir does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and leaves you wanting the story to go one for the next hundred years or so...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 05-08-09

better than average historical soap

--but as a novel, it's far from the literary fiction category.

Weir makes so pretence of using literary devices other than modified epistolary format, and no literary devices are much better than the feeble ones usually found in historical fiction. The characters (even Lady Jane as a four year old and her moderately educated nurse) just speak by turns chronologically, journal style, in elegant modern prose.

Perhaps by avoiding awkward attempts to recreate period, Weir actually is more true to the period. She resolves the language divide from Tudor England better than most, opting for contemporary terminology rather than awkward dialogue, with archaic terms for medical and sexual words thrown in as a nod to the period (women awaiting their courses to see if a man's seed had quickened in her womb...). Dialogue is brisker than most historical fiction I've come across, with more historical info packed into it. It's mostly a standard view of history, even though it champions a woman's view through the heroine's eyes. The dialogue was pedantic at times as the historical information was related.

Thankfully, there is little graphic sex or violence or even bodice ripping. It's well narrated, too. The multiple-narrators style worked well here.

Overall, I found this an engrossing, easy listen, but not satisfying enough as a novel to rate more than 3 stars.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 06-07-13

Lady Jane Grey– The 13 Days Queen

I found the book completely absorbing. Lady Jane’s troubles as a teenager were heartbreaking. Her parents were so power-hungry. I liked the way that the author let us know what the feelings were of the other individuals in Lady Jane’s life. Even though I knew that Lady Jane would be beheaded, I still couldn’t help but hope that Queen Mary would change her mind about the death penalty.

I loved listening to the multiple narrators, especially Davina Porter (who narrated the Diana Gabaldon “Outlander” series). I also enjoyed the historical details in the book.

I highly recommend this historical fiction novel debut by Alison Weir. It is excellent!

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The author does a great job of retelling an amazing period of British history. I was hooked from the beginning and found it hard to put down. It's compelling and very well read with several narrators adding to the interest and intrigue. I highly recommend this!

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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.

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Great historical fiction

I thoroughly enjoyed "Innocent Traitor" I've read 5 or 6 books during the time of Henry VIII and it amazes me how rich that time was in scheming, back-stabbing characters that were crazed for the crown. This book does not fail to disappoint in telling the tale of a 16 year-old intelligent girl who was forced into many unthinkable situations by power-hungry parents and relatives. The narratives were incredible at capturing the character's inner-most thoughts and read with perfect conviction. I highly recommend this to any historical fiction fan.

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interesting read

Even though I've read a lot about this period in British history, this book added to my knowledge and held my interest. I would recommend it.

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  • Pita
  • Miami
  • 07-31-14

Excellent historical fiction

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys historical fiction. Alison Weir does an excellent job with the research (as usual) and through her mastery of the facts of life during this period manages to bring the characters to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The author manages to give us the fact while adding the slightest bit of the "bodice ripping factor" for good measure.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I enjoy Bianca Amato's performances and she does not disappoint here.

Who was the most memorable character of Innocent Traitor and why?

Lady Jane remains a memorable character in fact as well as in fiction.

Any additional comments?

This is historical fiction at its highest caliber.

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