The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the demise of Jane’s infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane’ s adolescent cousin, and Henry’s successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor.
Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.
Alison Weir, a renowned historian of the Tudor era, makes her first foray into fiction with the poignant tale of Jane Grey in Innocent Traitor. Many have seen Delaroche’s famed painting in the National Gallery in London, and Weir’s work brings that same haunting, evocative figure to life on the pages.
Weir’s Jane is wise beyond her years and fiercely intelligent, a tragic young heroine who is a pawn in the dangerous court machinations. Weir gives the reader a richly detailed glimpse into the Tudor court in a tumultuous era, and her reputation as a historian serves her well here in the vivid, well-researched descriptions of both settings and players.
Told from multiple points of view, Innocent Traitor is a seamless blend of history and fiction, a memorable tale of a young, innocent girl’s betrayal and her tragic end.