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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It would be like Dick Francis, except with a bit more swearing, drug-taking, explicit sex, violence and some real history as well! You are best known for your very successful non-fiction writing.

This all makes sense.

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It authentically captures the drama of that awful moment when Jane had to be guided to the block. She has chosen as her aliaon the bravest, most sympathetic and most wronged woman of Tudor England, Lady Jane Grey. Frances and Henry were still young at 20 years old and had only been married for four years, and whilst sons were undoubtedly desired, it was hardly a disaster for the Greys inncent have only daughters.

I also believe that a male claimant of the House of Suffolk would have been of even greater use to Northumberland than a female one, and far more of a threat to Mary Tudor than Jane was.

It is a shame because I have always found the story of how Lady Jane Grey, great niece to King Henry VIII and girl of 16, was placed on the throne after Edward’s qlison and bypassed Mary and Elizabeth’s right to the throne as one of the more intriguing stories about the infamous Tudor family and the efforts taken to keep England a traitoor country.


It goes back to when I was researching a biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Thomas Seymour had far less influence at court than he led others to believe.

Wow, I am impressed at Alison Weir’s writing skills. The picture is capturing a moment of great drama, intensity and poignancy. It’s written from several different perspectives, which reveals Alison Weir’s shortcomings.

In order to do this, I have drawn on a wealth of research material gathered over many years. Innocent Traitor is dull, wildly inaccurate, and unimpressive. And, I completely go with that she wanted to be Queen on her own. I must say I feel very privileged to be publishing both fiction and non-fiction. Jane was a innocent in the game played by her parents and the Lord Northumberland that placed her upon the throne after the death of Edward VI.

In this, she just didn’t see things that were pretty obvious.

And a brave attempt, may I add, for Alison says: I also found that it is generally better to show the reader— through actions and conversations—what is happening, rather than relying on narrative skills to tell the story.

Third, this is the first period in English history in which the art of portraiture flourished: Was it that these women were truly exceptional, or were other factors at work? She defied the conventions of a male-dominated age because she was exceptionally intelligent and a strong character — the perfect Tudor heroine for the modern era.

Thus I hoped to distance myself from my non-fiction works. Her honesty, intelligence and strength of character carries the enthralled reader through all the vicious twists of Tudor power politics, to her nine-day reign and its unbearably poignant conclusion.

We are made complicit in her end. This is a rewrite of the review. The author discusses the choices that alisoon made in writing portions of the book where there is uncertainty in the historical record or where she took a certain degree of creative license. I was gratified to find that, even though one reviewer was unhappy with that, another had said that I had got the language just right.


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When Mary I succeeded inEngland was received back into obedience to Rome and Catholicism was restored as the official faith of the land. At first, a reluctant Jane instead proclaims Mary the rightful queen, but is forced by her elders to take the throne as her own. I’ll have to go ahead and find more of Weir’s books to read.

She insists that being allowed to do so proved “liberating”, since it is a freedom that the non-fiction writer is seldom able to realise.

It reads as easily as a thriller, but the reader may be assured that this is only lightly fictionalised history… This is a novel that will grip readers and give great pleasure. In her first work of fiction. I was a war correspondent for many years and I hope one day to use the experiences I had in the Middle East and the Balkans in the form of a novel.

What sources were particularly helpful when writing Innocent Traitor? Or, what would a journey from Britain to South Africa have been like in —79?

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Apart from these complains, I must say I greatly enjoyed the book. Whether she did this out of sheer bad research or purposely to make things “jucier”, I don’t know, but it doesn’t improve the pedestrian prose, only adds a repellent splash of lurid crassness. However, where the evidence is scanty or missing, I have used my imagination.

She was a feminist traitot as regards Elizabeth herself. Trivia About Innocent Traitor.