Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Innocent Traitor

Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
Historical Fiction

An extremely well-written book about Lady Jane Grey. Her parents were atrocious to her. Her father was a conniving schemer who wanted to be the power behind the throne. Even when defeated he was still scheming and using Lady Jane. Her mother was an uncompassionate woman who was ruthless and vicious.

Lady Jane was niece to Henry VIII and cousin to Mary and Elizabeth. She was the nine day alternative queen because the people were afraid of Mary and her Catholicism. This book describes the political machinations of the time. The necessary and unnecessary ruthlessness of the period.

Lady Jane had an amazing strength of character in one so young. She was also forced to grow up at an alarming rate. Lady Jane was basically a pawn to those people who she was surrounded by. A real tragedy.

First Line: "It is over."



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