Innocent Traitor is a historical novel by Alison Weir, published in It is the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for nine days in Alison Weir, our pre-eminent popular historian, has now fulfilled a life’s ambition to write historical fiction. She has chosen as her subject the bravest, most. I am now a condemned traitor I am to die when I have hardly begun to live. Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir’s.

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The marriage itself portrayed in the book didn’t do it for me. She had a strict mother who essentially hated her because she wasn’t a boy.

I wish she had mentioned in her afterword whether Mary had actually been threatened with the cancellation of marriage to Phillip if she didn’t put Jane to death. Alison Weir uses her unmatched skills as a historian to enliven the many dynamic characters of jnnocent majestic drama. Again, the sitter wears the coronet jewel and must be Katherine Parr, although she has always been known as Lady Jane Grey.

Even so, what is written has to remain credible: Here, the different narrators enrich the story, adding many interesting subplots like Catherine Parr’s last years and John Dudley’s machinations. The most challenging aspect was getting the language right.

That on the far left was painted by ‘Master John’ in To give it more impact, earlier sex scenes in the book were cut. A marriage that would bring the family power. It is clear, however, that ailson did not want the crown and that she remained troubled about not being rightfully entitled to it. Are her religious beliefs not the same as Katherine Parr? This book tells of Jane’s childhood and offers explanation to her conversion to the Protestant faith.

Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir – Reading Guide – : Books

Other than for its own sake, is this knowledge ultimately of any value in her future? If so, in what way?

Poor Jane only wanted a quiet life with her books and look what she got?! In both cases, we see people who are prepared to die horribly traitod their beliefs, and who display a lack of tolerance toward the beliefs of others. It breaks my heart to rate this book two stars. We do not know for certain, but it makes good copy for a novel!


The story is told from traltor points of view from various members of the Tudor court the prologue, told from Jane’s point of view, waiting in the Tower of London for her pardon from Queen Mary tells how “in my innocrnt reverie I hear voices, clamoring to be heard, all speaking at once.

She comes across as rather weak and depressed. The sophistication of her language has prompted some startled comments, but again it is founded upon facts.

Although I liked and felt for Jane the ending had me sobbing in the carI felt that her reasons for acting the way she did, did not feel authentic. Yet I feel strongly that the historical novelist has a great responsibility towards his or her readers, because a lot of people myself included discover an interest in history through reading historical novels, and unlike me, some never make the transition to history books to find out what really happened.

It seemed to me a natural step in that it combined two lifelong passions, one being classical history and the other being fiction. View all 5 comments. I am happy to say that I emerged from this process having learned a great deal that will be of benefit to me in the future, and that I will always be grateful to my very patient mentors! Of course, you’d have to be a rock not to feel for Jane’s situation or to dislike Frances Brandon, Jane’s mother but I did not feel the characters speaking to me.

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Innocent Traitor

Will there be another novel? In giving narrative voice to her subjects Alison Weir brings us into emotional contact with them in a way that an unadorned historical account does not. trzitor

Why did you choose the story of Lady Jane Grey as your subject? I hadn’t known that Jane was examined before the execution to see if she were pregnant. Discover what to read next. Her birth was a triator to her parents who, like most medieval parents, had longed for a son although they soon pinned their hopes on her marrying Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI. They also took the risk of allowing their characters to have different attitudes and values to modern people.


In other ways, though, the past is indeed another country. Look Inside Reading Guide. But Weir proves herself deft as ever describing Tudor food, manners, clothing, pastimes including hunting and jousting and marital politics. They have all played a part in shaping my destiny. The novel ends with real emotional pop, as Jane prepared a simple speech to give before her death.

So what went wrong? As an historian, what do you make of the persistent rumor that Elizabeth had a child by Thomas Seymour?

Having been the victim of abuse in childhood, she was sold into an unhappy marriage and forced to accept a crown she did not want, then tragically paid the price of her so-called treason. She was so progressive for someone of her age back then. I read it as a group read at the Tudor History Lovers group, right after Leandra de Lisle’s biography about the Grey sisters; therefore, it was easy to see that Weir mostly embraces the traditional portrayal of Jane as a completely innocent victim and a martyr.

It is about the early life of Queen Elizabeth I—a perilous, fascinating period when her path to the throne and her very survival were fraught with danger. For me, and I suspect for many other people, the Tudor period is perennially fascinating because of its dramatic events and outstanding personalities, and also because it’s the first period in English imnocent for which we have primary sources that reveal intimate and insightful details of the public and private lives traitoor prominent figures.