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4.0 out of 5 stars Queen Jane 'the Nine Days Queen': a pawn in the hands of others,, September 18, 2007
This review is from: Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey (Hardcover)
Alison Weir writes a wonderful novel about Lady Jane Grey.

While the novel is sympathetic to Jane Grey, it is not sentimental about her fate. As the pawn of ambitious parents and those who held power while Edward VI reigned, her uncrowned reign was both opportunistic and, I believe, unlawful.

This was not her doing, though, and it is hard to not to feel considerable sympathy for an intelligent young woman who was only 17 when she was beheaded.

Mary I really had no choice, but it is difficult to see that she took any great joy in executing her 'misguided' cousin. The 'real' villains are Lady Jane's parents and the Duke of Northumberland.

Highly recommended to those who would like some insight into the tragically short life of Lady Jane.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Initial post: Oct 10, 2009 5:42:28 PM PDT
Nicely done. I agree wholly with your analysis.
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