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Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
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Dec 22, 2011

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Alison Weir takes an interesting, unique look at the life of Jane Grey 'the Nine Days Queen' and pays particularly close attention to Jane's relationship with her husband, fellow traitor Guildford Dudley.

This is the first of Weir's novels. She is better known as being a pop historian of Tudor history, and in my opinion, she should stick to the novels. Weir has little training as a historian (she lacks the PhD, which begs the question whether she can even be labeled as a historian at all) and makes notable blunders in her historical biographies on the Tudor lives.

Her fiction, however, is riveting. I found it difficult to put this book down. There are a few flaws, however, which warrant the three stars. Her writing, while engaging, is not necessarily the best. Her attention seems to be put in weaving a gripping story as opposed to playing with language. In addition, her take on the relationship between Jane and Dudley is a bit unconvincing,

Still, you can tell that the author has done her research in advance of writing the novel, which is something that can't be said for some other historical fiction novelists (*cough* Philippa Gregory *cough*) and the history behind this story is really quite interesting. Recommended if you're into that historical period, for sure.

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