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A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  4,167 Ratings  ·  469 Reviews
England's Tower of London was the terrifying last stop for generations of English political prisoners. A Dangerous Inheritance weaves together the lives and fates of four of its youngest and most blameless: Lady Katherine Grey, Lady Jane's younger sister; Kate Plantagenet, an English princess who lived nearly a century before her; and Edward and Richard, the boy princes im ...more
Hardcover, 507 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Hutchinson (first published January 1st 2012)
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Andrea
Aug 17, 2012 Andrea rated it it was ok
I finished reading "A Dangerous Inheritance," but as a former member of the Richard III Society (dedicated to clearing his name and to proving he didn't kill the little princes) I'm pretty sorry I bought this book. It's a good read, but it makes my blood boil to read about Richard as villain and I hate to support such allegations with my book money. I suggest that people wanting to know more about the era and the issues read Josephine Tey's "The Daughter of Time."
Sarah (Presto agitato)
A Dangerous Inheritance weaves together the stories of two women of the Plantagenet/Tudor eras. The first is Katherine (“Kate”) Plantagenet (? - before 1487), the illegitimate daughter of Richard III. She is largely a fictional creation as little is known about her life. The second is the somewhat better known Katherine Grey (1540-1568), a sister of Lady Jane Grey who was herself imprisoned in the Tower of London for many years for marrying Edward Seymour without Queen Elizabeth’s permission. He ...more
Orsolya
The Princes in the Tower are a delicious historical mystery which still mystifies many Anglophiles. Alison Weir’s new angle on the mystery portrays Kate Plantagenet and Katherine Grey attempting to unravel some of the dark secrets behind the brothers’ disappearance in “A Dangerous Inheritance”.

Initially, “A Dangerous Inheritance” appears to be two books in one: one portraying Kate Plantagenet and another following Katherine Grey. It can be concluded that Weir wanted to write a book on each but
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Samantha
'A Dangerous Inheritance' is a story with definite potential. Unfortunately, Weir uses it as a platform to once again state her case for Richard III as the murderer of the Princes in the Tower. Yes, the case is well made, but she already wrote that book, right? I would have enjoyed this novel much more if she had focused on the main characters of the book, Kate Plantagenet and Katherine Grey.

Weir's characterization of Kate Plantagenet, illegitimate daughter of Richard III, is almost complete sup
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Cynthia Mcarthur
Sep 16, 2012 Cynthia Mcarthur rated it it was ok
I regret that this book will be for sale on October 2nd. Why? The Richard III dig. I do not recommend this book to anyone just beginning with Richard. I am a Ricardian, yes. I have read a lot of information both pro-and anti- Richard and have made my judgment that he did not kill the princes. I will not go into everything that I have or haven't read, but I always keep an open mind.

And as such, I read Alison Weir's The Princes in the Tower. I am amazed that I did not throw the book into the fire
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Allie
Aug 27, 2012 Allie rated it it was amazing
Can't wait...such a huge fan of Alison weir...lady elizabeth, innocent traitor, and captive queen were SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness just got it out of the library today it's such a beautiful book I cant wait!

Michele
Aug 16, 2012 Michele rated it liked it
Weir gets her history straight and as a history buff, I certainly do admire that in a historical fiction writer. What didn't work for me was the execution of this novel. The chapters alternate between Catherine Grey, the sister of Jane Grey (the infamous Nine Days Queen of England) and Katherine Plantagenet, the illegitimate daughter of Richard III. (For those of you doing the math, there were about 70 years or so between these two ladies). Truthfully, I'm still scratching my head trying to figu ...more
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
3.5 stars

From the blurb: England's Tower of London was the terrifying last stop for generations of English political prisoners. A Dangerous Inheritance weaves together the lives and fates of four of its youngest and most blameless: Lady Katherine Grey, Lady Jane's younger sister; Kate Plantagenet, an English princess who lived nearly a century before her; and Edward and Richard, the boy princes imprisoned by their ruthless uncle, Richard III, never to be heard from again. Across the years, these
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Maria Grazia
Oct 28, 2012 Maria Grazia rated it it was amazing
"I can never forget the day they brought me the news that my sister's head had been cut off. I was not yet thirteen, too young fully to understand why she had to die, but old enough to imagine the horrific scene at the end. They said she had committed treason, the foulest of all crimes, but it didn't make any sense to me for Jane had only done what she was forced to do. and by that reasoning, I too had been an innocent traitor, just as she was."

This is the opening of this incredible novel I've j
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Wanted nice Tudor story about Lady Catherine Grey; got "Richard III did a bad, bad thing."

Organization was such that just as I got into one story line, the one from the other period started up, and it threw me off completely. Then the ghost stuff showed up, and I abandoned. Very unlikely to ever give this one a second chance.
Carole Lehr
Mar 20, 2013 Carole Lehr rated it liked it
This story is so filled with British history it will make a dyed-in-the-wool Anglophile's head spin! Although I did find this novel to be slow in building momentum, it did start to redeem itself about two-thirds of the way through. I love British history but felt it a bit tedious at times. It was nice when I finally became engrossed with the story(ies).


Katherine and Jane Grey are puppets of their parents, Henry Grey and Lady Frances Brandon. They plot and scheme until Jane is placed on the thron
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Brian
Aug 10, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it
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Simon
Aug 08, 2016 Simon rated it did not like it
My favorite moment? Katherine Grey describing another character as a "sadist" in 1561. A moment while we all let that sink in.

This isn't a novel. Neither of Weir's protagonists undergoes any kind of developmental arc at all. Nor is there an actual plot that connects them, despite contortions that rival a Cirque de Soleil performance. By the third character who showed up to explain things to either Katherine Grey or Kate Plantagenet ("She's a Countess! She's a Bastard! They're Detectives!"), thin
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
A Dangerous Inheritance pieces together the story of both Lady Katherine Grey and Kate Plantagenet. What is most peculiar about this connection is that the two girls lived almost a century apart. Lady Katherine Grey is Lady Jane Grey's (you might know her from Weir's Innocent Traitor, a.k.a the Nine Days' Queen) younger sister. Like many young women of her time, she is her family's chess piece in the much larger game to get to the throne. Her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, views her as threat and wh ...more
Olga Hughes
The story begins before Jane Grey takes the throne, so there is a short rehash of the fall of Jane Grey through Katherine Grey’s eyes while Weir is introducing us to “Kate” Plantagenet. Richard III did indeed have two illegitimate children, Kate and John of Gloucester, along with his heir Edward. There is next to no information on Kate save that Richard arranged a good marriage for her, no birth date, death date or record of surviving children. With this in mind Weir has free reign with the char ...more
Colleen Turner
Dec 26, 2012 Colleen Turner rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for www.luxuryreading.com.

1553: King Edward VI has died and the battle for the throne of England begins. Katharine Grey and her sisters are thrust into the center of plotting as their royal blood makes them valuable pawns. When Katharine's cousin Queen Elizabeth comes to the throne the pressure continues to mount as Elizabeth sees her as a threat to her insecure claims. When Katharine marries for love without first seeking the Queen’s permission-something that poses a furthe
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Susan Johnson
Aug 28, 2012 Susan Johnson rated it really liked it
This story is about the two young princes locked in the Tower and thought to have been murdered by the evil King Richard. I say thought to have been murdered as no one has been ever conclusively able to prove it. It's this mystery that draws the interest of two different Kates living eighty years apart. One is Katherine Grey, sister of Jane Grey, and one is Katherine Plantagenet, the illegitmate daughter of King Richard. It's the story of these two women looking for answers.

It is a dangerous inh
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Marcia
Sep 02, 2012 Marcia rated it liked it
“Outward appearances are not always what they seem, especially among great folk”

In this riveting tale that parallels the lives of Lady Katherine Grey, the younger sister of Lady Jane Grey, the Queen who ruled for nine days before being assassinated and Kate Plantagenet, the illegitimate daughter of Richard III, Weir provides an intriguing and insightful look into the lives and loves of the ever scandalous British Monarchy.

Though the two woman are set apart in time, Weir has managed to bridge the
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Marita
May 21, 2016 Marita rated it really liked it
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Elena
This is the first Alison Weir book I read, and wow, I really liked it! It has two heroines, and two different storylines: the first is Katherine Grey, who lived during the Tudors reign, and the second is Katherine Plantagenet, who lived nearly a century before her, at the time of Richard III and Henry VII.

It's very clear that Weir is used to write history books, because there really is a lot of english history in here, but Weir does not overdo it, and manages to keep the narration light and eas
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Charleen
Oct 13, 2015 Charleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars, year-2015
Unfortunately, I haven't really enjoyed an Alison Weir novel since the first one I read, Innocent Traitor. I don't mind dual storylines, but these got jumbled in my mind, and I had a hard time keeping the two Katherines and their various relationships straight. (If I hadn't already read several historical novels about the Tudors and Plantagenets, I imagine I would have been utterly confused.) It was entertaining enough to keep me reading, but I'd hoped for a more satisfying conclusion tying the ...more
Sallie
Dec 08, 2015 Sallie rated it it was ok
I found I'd downloaded this to my Nook. Might as well read it even though I'm definitely on the Richard III was not the villain he's made out to be bandwagon. I doubt this book will change my mind, but I'll try to give it a fair reading.

11/24/15 - I've bogged down all ready. I think I need to read this in book form not on my Nook. The moving between the 2 Katherines is disconcerting, and I keep wanting to go to the family charts to check on which one I'm reading about now.

Thus, I've picked up a
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Ailish
Apr 26, 2015 Ailish rated it did not like it
Alison Weir's non-fiction works make history fascinating. This novelised account of the lives of Catherine Plantagenet and Lady Catherine Grey, however, is painful reading. The book is about twice as long as it needs to be, mostly because it is filled with the characters bemoaning their fate. The history is very interesting, but the characters, as Weir dramatises them, are incredibly silly. One of the main weaknesses of the book is the choice to narrate the life of Catherine Grey in the first pe ...more
Haley
Jan 28, 2014 Haley rated it it was ok
This book was that kind of book I really wanted to like. I'm a huge history nerd, and the end of the War of the Roses through the Tudors is my favorite period of history, by far. So when I saw a book that combined all of that, with a little romance and political intrigue on the side, written by an author that I'd heard good (although admittedly not great) things about, I thought, "Great! Here's the book I've been looking for!"

This is most assuredly not the book I've been waiting for. The only re
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Marina
The year is coming to a close, I still have 2 books to read to complete the challenge, and I could not, in good conciense, drag myself through another page of this book after reading the first 250.

Apologies, dear author. It's not you, it's me.
I can not read another book right now dealing with famous women in history, told in their own voice or pov.
Because most of them are the same, alright?
Truly, you've read one, you've read them all, and in the last couple of years I have read more than one.
And
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Susan
Jul 01, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
This entertaining historical novel takes the stories of two young women from different periods (although less than one hundred years apart, it was a tumultuous time with many changes of monarch in the country) who are cleverly linked by the murder of the mystery of the Princes in the Tower.

Katerine Grey is the sister of Jane Grey, whose story was told in a previous novel by Alison Weir, the excellent Innocent Traitor. The beginning of this book covers Jane's short reign, before Mary Tudor comes
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Geri
Feb 27, 2013 Geri rated it really liked it
A Dangerous Inheritance interweaves the stories of two lesser-known historical figures who lived 100 years or so apart: Katherine Grey, little sister of the famous Nine Days’ Queen Jane Grey; and Kate Plantagenet, illegitimate daughter of Richard III. One woman stands to inherit the English throne; the other finds that throne casts a long shadow on her happiness.

We have all heard of Lady Jane Grey, England’s Nine-Day Queen executed by Queen Mary Tudor, but rarely told is the heartbreaking story
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Julie
Sep 04, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, vine, fiction, tudor
Weir effectively intertwines the stories of two young women in different eras of England in this vast historical novel. The first is Katherine Grey, the sister of doomed 9-day queen Jane Grey. The other was the illegitimate daughter of the last Yorkist King, Richard III, also Katherine. The narrative switches between K. Gray’s first person account ranging from the reign of Edward VI through Elizabeth I and K. Plantagenet’s third person perspective at the end of Edward IV’s kinghood through the a ...more
Dawn
Oct 06, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it
Once again, Alison Weir dips her toes into the realm of historical fiction and comes out smelling like a rose. A Tudor rose that is.

In this highly readable historical novel, Ms Weir returns to a subject that appears to be near and dear to heart (if her bibliography is anything to judge by), the mystery of "the Princes in the Tower". The young sons of Edward IV were deposed by Richard III, and it is widely assumed that Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York were put to death in order to
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Victoria
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Alison Weir writes good fiction as far as I'm concerned. I have enjoyed all of her previous works of fiction and this one is certainly no exception.
The narrative is told by Katherine Grey, daughter of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk. Her royal blood (she is the great-granddaughter of Henry VII) is to her both a privilege and yet a curse. During the reign of her cousin, Edward VI, she is married off to Henry Herbert, the son and heir to the Earl of Pembroke. W
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Alison Weir (born 1951) is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens. She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.

Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her
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