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A Dangerous Inheritance

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  6,948 ratings  ·  564 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 01, 2012 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." ...more
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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Erin
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This tells the dual storylines of 15th century Kate Haute, illegitimate daughter of Richard III and 16th century Katherine Grey, the younger sister of Lady Jane Grey. I much prefer Sharon Kay Penman and Anne Easter Smith's interpretations of Richard. What I loved was the two girls and how they interpret what is going on around them. ...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
Aug 15, 2012 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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Erin
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I’ve had Alison Weir’s A Dangerous Inheritance on my kindle since late 2012. A victim of the Tudor flood, I mentally shelved the novel for no other reason than I couldn’t fathom taking in another tale set in Henry VIII’s court. Truth be told, I’m still hesitant of such titles, but as I am making a serious effort to get through my older books this year, I bit the bullet and jumped in.

he obvious question here is how did I fare
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Allie
Dec 16, 2011 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!

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Natasa
I enjoyed it and I thought it was a good read that covered the last bit of the Plantagenet's and various parts of the Tudor reign. I've always found Alison Weir to be an interesting historical writer, so I appreciated her take on this part of English history. ...more
Lolly's Library
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
Sep 15, 2012 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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Simon
Aug 08, 2016 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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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.
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Diane S ☔
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 As always I enjoyed her writing, it is always very clear and informative. This was a very familiar subject for me but I enjoyed the way she portrayed the characters and their stories. Really enjoyed getting to know more of the two Katherine's life since usually it is the Lady Jane Grey one reads about, not her sister Katherine. Same for Richard III, we usually don't hear much about his daughter. I also liked how she linked these two stories, even though they took place a century apart. Look ...more
Carole Johnson
Mar 20, 2013 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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Susan Johnson
Aug 28, 2012 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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Stephanie Kline
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel, following two women across almost a hundred years. The last novel I read by Alison Weir left me disappointed, so I wasn't sure what I'd think of this one. The concept of panning back and forth between two women with entirely separate lives and virtually no connection to one another, also made me skeptical. What would the story BE? How would there be any fluidity between the two story lines? I wondered about this at first, but found the ...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 22, 2011 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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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
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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Brian
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Amelia
A Dangerous Inheritance is a turgid novel that awkwardly attempts to merge two shorter stories into one over long book; it would've been better to separate them. I can understand that, at least for Katherine Plantagenet, source material may have been too rare to justify her own book, but honestly - who expects historical fiction to be 100% true with no supposition? Authors flesh out the characters' lives, bringing biography to life. I appreciate Weir's research, and it was nice to read about jus ...more
Marcia
Aug 21, 2012 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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Charleen
Oct 05, 2015 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
Victoria
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel follows two young women Katherine Grey the sister of infamous Lady Jane Grey the Nine Days Queen and Katherine Plantagenet the illegitimate daughter of King Richard III. Almost a century apart between, their life stories have many similarities. They both fight for the right to marry the men they love and to reveal the truth about their loved ones. While Katherine Grey struggles to untangle the knot of court intrigues that led her dear sister to the scaffold, Kate Plantagenet tries to c ...more
Vanessa
DNF after 221 pages. It's not that this book was unbearably bad. Some of what I read was actually good, but it just couldn't hold my interest. I had to *make* myself keep reading, and that is never a good sign.

Additionally, I was constantly confused because this book tells two stories parallel to each other --- one is about Kate Plantagenet, daughter of Richard III., in the 15th century; the other is about Katherine Grey, sister of Jane Grey, in the 16th century (both stories are told in the th
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Becky
5 stars. I quite enjoyed this book! Ms Weir's take on a relatively unknown character, Katherine Plantagenet, was a clearly way to explore how close family might have reacted to everything that happened during Richard III's short, tumultuous reign. Even though it's complete fiction, I liked how she told the well-known tale with new life through Kate, of whom we know very little.

Mix Kate's story with that of Katherine Grey, Lady Jane's sister, and suddenly you've got an enthralling dual perspecti
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Lauren
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was a very nice read. I think it maybe the quickest that I've read a book this whole year so far. The only reason that I gave it a 4 star, was because of my confusion at the beginning. There was swapping between two characters with very similar names. It took me a few chapters to get through to an understanding of what was happening. Once I understood, it became easier to read.
This was my first Alison Weir book and I will definitely checking out her others! Thank you to Goodreads for the s
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Colleen Watson
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction. Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her formal training in history at teacher training
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