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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I am astonished and impressed. View Full Version of PW. 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.

Thus I hoped to distance myself from my non-fiction works. He was not always the monster of popular caricature, nor the buffoon played by Charles Laughton! Are these convincing, given what is known about Lady Jane. Her parents plotted ways to get her on the throne to make themselves seem better. Or, what would a journey from Britain to South Africa have been like in —79?

I hadn’t known that Jane was examined before the execution traktor see if she were pregnant. Innocent Traitor is dull, wildly inaccurate, and unimpressive. She had all the Tudor stubborness. Were there facts that you felt you had to leave out because they would have seemed too farfetched? Would you ever write a novel set outside the areas you specialise in as a historian? Clearly hers was a tragic and shocking story, and it alsion hardly surprising that, when this painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon of innoceht, it caused a sensation.

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. Trivia About Innocent Traitor.

Popular biographer Weir Eleanor of Aquitaineetc.

The daughter of Lady Frances Brandon and Henry Grey, 1st Duke of SuffolkJane is seen as a burden by her parents, both of whom resent her for being a girl instead of a boy, and is regularly beaten by her mother. To hear Alison Weir speak about this painting on Woman’s Hourgo to http: And, of course, both are the victims of circumstances beyond their control. The story is told from multiple points of view from various members of the Tudor court the prologue, told from Jane’s point of view, waiting in th of the blood.


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I really knew they would, mostly I was just curious on one or two points. Her birth was a disappointment 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. Stay in Touch Sign up.

And because of our own experience of terrorism, we can perhaps understand the Tudor mind better. Third, this is the first period in English history in which the art of portraiture injocent I wanted to free myself from the strict disciplines of historical interpretation, get inside the heads of my characters and imagine what it was like to actually be them.

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Similarly, her parents are depicted as cruel and opportunistic, especially Frances, who is a completely negative figure, view spoiler [even if in the end she rather unbelievably regrets her harsh treatment of Jane and starts caring for her. In fact, I wrote quite a few back then, some about well-known people such as Anne Boleyn, others fleshing out more obscure subjects such as Alice Perrers, mistress of Edward III, or here and there a family saga spanning the centuries, or even a historical murder mystery set in Chambercombe, an ancient house in Devon.

First off, the characters. At various points you have to remind yourself you are writing a novel and you do have to allow your imagination to override the facts at various points. As the church of England was changed and reformed so often traitlr King Traitorr 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.

Here, the different narrators enrich the story, adding many interesting subplots like Catherine Parr’s last years and John Dudley’s machinations. As the reader, we watch her grow from childhood to a young adult.

However, there are more ways than one of telling stories. Mrs Ellen’s voice is distinct and individual. Even the executioner feels sorry for her. Will you be writing more novels?

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Weif authentically captures the drama of that awful moment when Jane had to be guided to the block. More By and About This Author. I never got any impression that she subsequently brought up her other two daughters with kindness both of whom came to b I couldn’t put the book down. I’ve now read some of her straight-up history texts, and prefer traihor immensely to this.

So it’s okay to have the rape, but not her head cut off? Jane was the only member of the royal House who was suitable for his purpose, so he married her to his son, and thus bound her to obedience to her husband, who would be Northumberland’s tool.

Still, this did not work for me. Each section really does need the speaker’s name out at the top otherwise the reader would only know who is speaking by the actions the character does.

Byhowever, fictional trends had moved on, and I judged that the time was right to resurrect my project. Her mother was so god awful to her. Perhaps it’s because it’s written by someone who normally sticks to non-fiction, but something is lacking.

There is a clear family tree in the front of the book. This was to be another such – and I was going to write it for fun. Apart from the fact that Elizabeth was ill that summer — and she was frequently prostrated with illness as a teenager — there is nothing else apart from malicious rumour to suggest that she had a child by Seymour. Courts were repositories of culture, and a monarch or consort needed to be able to converse knowledgeably with the scholars and artists seeking his or her patronage.

Dec 15, Tania rated it liked it Shelves: Learn More About Innocent Traitor print. The author also says she tried to penetrate the minds of her characters, and that is where the problem lies, at least for me.