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Book Title: Innocent Traitor|
The author of the book: Alison Weir
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.99 MB
Date of issue: June 7th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780099493792
Read full description of the books Innocent Traitor:The Lady Elizabeth was bad but mildly entertaining, possibly because of the appearance of one of the most interesting figures from history, but Innocent Traitor is just plain bad. It begins with two very dull parallel birth scenes and gets worse from there. The language is tedious and pedestrian, sending me to sleep rather than catching my attention. The plot drags and is utterly predictable, for example, one day after the family has heard news that some heretics are to be burned, Jane’s nurse decides to take the children out for the day on a trip to visit her sister who lives in Smithfield. Gee, I wonder what will happen?! Yep, that’s right, it all ends in tears and traumatised kiddie-winks. This writing is just so juvenile and limp. The descriptions read just the same as in Weir’s non-fiction histories – incredibly dry, unmemorable lists. The worst of by far though was Weir’s poor research and total misunderstanding and the era.
Weir completely misunderstands the social mores of the day when she has Frances Brandon and Henry Grey acting all doom and gloom over Jane’s birth because she’s a daughter. She’s transferring the concerns of Henry VIII onto the couple. How she manages to do this when she’s a writer of non-fiction histories boggles the mind. 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 to have only daughters. King Henry VIII meanwhile, at the time the future Edward VI was born, was 46 years old, on his third marriage after almost 30 years of married life, and had only two surviving acknowledged but illegitimated daughters, and it was important to him to have a son because it was unprecedented for a woman to be accepted as ruler of England in her own right and the young Tudor dynasty could still be overthrown.
Weir also includes the nonsense about the Duke of Northumberland poisoning Edward VI and then smothering a lookalike and switching the bodies so that the “king’s corpse” would have no evidence of foul play. I cannot stress enough how absurd this is. In her author’s note Weir claims that the evidence for this is written in a letter by one of the duke’s sons, but that is completely made up - it's hearsay, and not mentioned in any letter written by one of the duke's sons. Mary and Elizabeth Tudor are titled "Princess" in the book when they were actually titled "Lady". Jane Parker is once again condemned for taking down Anne and George Boleyn. Frances and Adrian Stokes are described according to the painting which for years now has been known to actually be Mary Neville and her son. Oh, and of course, Frances and Henry Grey beat their poor daughter Jane black and blue. Tempted as I am to explain in detail exactly why all of this is wrong, I'm simply going to link y'all to that business and you can click on it if you're interested.
Jane Parker and the Boleyns' downfall
What really happened to Edward VI's body
The many misconceptions about Frances Brandon
Essentially, Weir shoves in every scrap of rumour and gossip from the era. 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.
Innocent Traitor is dull, wildly inaccurate, and unimpressive.
2 out of 10
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Alison Weir (born 1951) is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens. She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.
Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her formal training in history at teacher training college.
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