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Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
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May 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: king-and-queen-tudor-dynasty
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Wow...okay just added a new author to my lists of favorites, Alison Weir now joins Phillippa Gregory and Margaret George as some of my favorite historical fiction authors.. This book was about one of my favorite time periods of history--the Tudor dynasty and the drama, romance and royal misdoings by King Henry VII, his wives, and his children. In this novel the King has passed away and the son from Queen Jane Seymour, Prince Edward becomes King, however Edward is a sickly boy and doesnt live past fifteen and never fathers an heir..It is in this turmoil that our heroine the Lady Jane Grey is forced through the manipulations of her father and the Duke of Northumberland to take the crown and rule England..This sad tale recounts the treachery and scheming it took from "adults" to selfishly convince an entire nation that the King's own daughters Lady Mary and Elizabeth were unfit to take the crown and that it should pass to the great neice of the King..As the church of England was changed and reformed so often during King Henry VII's rule it was imperative from King Edward's dying wishes that the Lady Mary not be ascended to the throne as she is a devout Catholic and the church of England is now Protestant. So the Lady Jane becomes Queen of England, is married to the Duke of Northumberland's son and poised to be a puppet for the manipulative men of the privy council until the Lady Mary resurfaces, reclaims her throne and begins her reign as Bloody Mary starting with the beheading of her own cousin the Lady Jane Grey, only fifteen and only in power for nine days...Although the ending of the book is well known throughout history Weir draws out her characters, in particular the devious Frances Brandon (Lady Jane Grey's mother) and makes you believe you know these people, share their fears, dreams and hopes...Extremely rich descriptions of royalty and court life and fashion as well as changing viewpoints that tell the whole story...Recommended for lovers of tragic heroines..
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