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Book Review of Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
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Helpful Score: 9

Acclaimed historian Alison Weir has written a wonderful first novel about the Lady Jane Grey - brilliant, courageous, outspoken, exasperating, dogmatic and determined - and the cruel times in which she lived.

In another era, Jane Grey might have become a renowned scholar or religious leader. But in Tudor times, her royal blood and scheming parents led to her execution at age 16 for treason. Weir tells the story of Jane's life in the first person, rotating between a collection of narrators including Jane, her mother Frances, the Lady Mary Tudor, Queen Katherine Parr and John Dudley, the power-hungry Duke of Northumberland.

Deftly weaving actual events and the words of historical figures into her narrative, Weir tells an enthralling, tragic story that had me glued to the book for hours. I expect this novel to be one of my favorite reads of 2007.