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Lil’s Reviews – Innocent Traitor

In the first of a long series of book reviews, this week we have Lil with a review of her favourite Tudor book - Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir.

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  1. Sharon Roberts /


    Read this book what seems like many years ago now and is still a favourite, I have an older version of the book though. Can I ask the Reviewer, what type of dolls can I see on your shelf and where did you find them – can we have a close up, lol!

  2. Michelle Tercha /

    Thank you for your review! I appreciate that. Yes, I’m currently waiting on Katherine Parr, the last wife of her fictional series. I do enjoy them. But I’m not familiar with Innocent Traitor, and will go look for it. Thanks again! Michelle t

  3. Laurie Duerr /

    Thank you for the review, very interesting insights! Looking forward to your upcoming reviews as well!

  4. Lorna Wanstall /

    I loved this book.
    I remember reading on the dust jacket, this book will leave you in tears.
    It did as well.
    Poor Jane yet another victim of ruthless ambition.

  5. RealTudorLady /

    First of all, thanks for sharing a lovely and moving review of one of the better books on Lady Jane Grey.
    I am sorry I didn’t cry at the end, only one book ever made me cry, but the little touches during Jane’s last moments are deeply saddening and moving, particularly when she removes her gloves and hands them to one of her ladies. Gloves were hand made and such a personal item, I found that very touching.
    This is a very deeply and sensitive book, all characters are more or less shown in a sympathetic light and without prejudice. One criticism I would have against this as with too many books on Jane Grey is that some of the usual myths sneak through occasionally, such as Frances Brandon beating her daughter into accepting marriage when no such contemporary evidence supported it. Otherwise, it’s a great book and Alison Weir as always brings people to life and is very evocative and descriptive during every scene. Her historical notes explain any diversions for dramatic purposes or the wonderful use of imagination to plug the gaps.

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Lil’s Reviews – Innocent Traitor

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