Throwback Thursday: Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir


Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renée at It’s Book Talk to share old favourite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

This week I have chosen one of my favourite historical fiction books:

downloadInnocent Traitor by Alison Weir

Wow! I loved this! It was like watching a series of Shameless but with posh people. Greed, bad mothers, bad fathers, plotting, bitching, murdering, affairs, rape……phew! Really, you couldn’t make this stuff up!

Seriously though, this is such a well-written account of Lady Jane Grey, the young 16-year-old Queen of England who only ruled for 9 days. It starts at her birth (to a mother who would have been carted off by social services today) and follows her throughout her 16 years by her own account and by accounts of those closest to her. Poor girl! She really was just a pawn in her parents’ greedy plans and ultimately met her death because of it. Lady Jane Grey was a complete surprise to me too: she was willful, feisty, somewhat precocious and very pious. For a girl to speak her mind so much in those days must have been incredibly difficult but speak it she does. The other big surprise for me was Queen Mary who was kind and compassionate in a way that I never knew. I thoroughly enjoyed this book – my first Weir.


Never a dull moment, it rips along making you unwilling to put it down. An amazing period in history has been brought vibrantly to life. Stunningly good read!


7 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir

  1. One of my favorite books!! Excellent choice! The story of Lady Jane Grey is such a tragic one, and I love how Alison Weir portrayed it. She’s such an excellent author. I’m reading her novel Anne Boleyn, the King’s Obsession right now, and it’s just as well done! I’m also trying to read Philippa Gregory’s The Last Tudor about Lady Jane and her sisters, but I’m having so much trouble getting into it. So far, it’s definitely not as good as Innocent Traitor!

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  4. Oh wow Throwback Thursday sounds like such a good idea! Most of the hype nowadays is based around new realeses so it is good to remeber the oldies once in a while! Btw, love your blog!!


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