Innocent traitor

by Alison Weir | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780099493792 Global Overview for this book
Registered by raeliz64 of Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on 9/13/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 13, 2008
From Amazon -
"Lady Jane Grey was born into times of extreme danger. Child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she was merely a pawn in a dynastic power game with the highest stakes, she lived a live in thrall to political machinations and lethal religious fervour. Jane's astonishing and essentially tragic story was played out during one of the most momentous periods of English history. As a great-niece of Henry VIII, and the cousin of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, she grew up realize that she could never throw off the chains of her destiny. Her honesty, intelligence and strength of character carry the reader through all the vicious twists of Tudor power politics, to her nine-day reign and its unbearably poignant conclusion."

Not a bad read, but it reminded me a bit too much of the dozens of Jean Plaidy's I read as a teenager.

Journal Entry 2 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
This is going out as a bookray.

WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE BOOK please make a journal entry so everyone knows it has safely arrived. Try to read the book within a month if possible, remember there are people waiting to read the book.
WHEN YOU FINISH THE BOOK, make another journal entry telling us what you thought - did you like it? Did you think it was well-written?
CONTINUE THE BOOKRAY by sending a Private Message to the person after you on the bookring list and request their postal address.
END OF THE RAY, If you are the last person on the list either continue the ray, release it into the wild or to another bookcrosser as you see fit.

Participants:

LadyKnightNiko (USA)
turbostitcher (USA)
blackadder75 (USA)
AceofHearts (Canada)
CynthiaA (Canada)
darkpunkangel (Canada)
lauraloo29 (Canada)
PepeLePew (Bosnia)
Bookworm-lady (Spain)
MarcThomas (France)
Twynnie (UK)
Angel135 (UK)
AgnesXNitt (UK)
kirstykat (UK)

Journal Entry 3 by raeliz64 from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Posted to LadyKnightNiko today.

Journal Entry 4 by LadyKnightNiko from Liberty Township, Ohio USA on Thursday, November 06, 2008
This arrived today. I'm currently in the middle of another book, but I should have this one started by Sunday.

Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 5 by LadyKnightNiko from Liberty Township, Ohio USA on Saturday, November 15, 2008
Let me start off by saying that Alison Weir definately writes better fiction than non-fiction! I absolutely loved this book! Even though I have absolutely nothing in common with Jane other than a love of schooling, I felt I could relate to her and (even though I knew the end result of her story) kept hoping things would work out for her. Brava, Weir, and thank you, raeliz64, for letting me read this!

My kitten, Minou, would also like me to let you know that she didn't care for you lending me the book- I tended to forget to pet her when I got too absorbed in the story! :D

Journal Entry 6 by LadyKnightNiko at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, November 15, 2008

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I will mail this out after choir rehearsal on pay day!

Journal Entry 7 by turbostitcher from Arlington, Texas USA on Thursday, November 27, 2008
I found this in my mailbox this afternoon (yes, I know it's Thanksgiving Day, but I didn't check my mail yesterday). I have another bookring book in front of this one, but I'll get to it just as soon as I possiblly can.

Journal Entry 8 by turbostitcher from Arlington, Texas USA on Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Although I knew how the story ended, I learned so much more about the life of this young woman who was so cruelly manipulated by her parents and forced to act against her best judgment. A sad story about a wasted life.

I'll be sending this on to the next reader soon.

Journal Entry 9 by turbostitcher at By mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, January 05, 2009

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Mailed to blackadder75. Happy travels, little book!

Journal Entry 10 by blackadder75 from Lebanon, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, January 10, 2009
I got this in the mail a couple of days ago. Will start reading very soon.

Journal Entry 11 by blackadder75 from Lebanon, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, January 25, 2009
A wonderful novel! I've read quite a few of Alison Weir's non-fiction about the Tudors. I must say that she does a great job in both genres. Innocent Traitor's ending brought tears to my eyes, even though I knew what was going to happen. I will be contacting the next in line and get the book out as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 12 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, February 27, 2009
received in the mail today

Journal Entry 13 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, March 10, 2009
An extremely well-written book about Lady Jane Grey. Her parents were atrocious to her. Her father was a conniving schemer who wanted to be the power behind the throne. Even when defeated he was still scheming and using Lady Jane. Her mother was an uncompassionate woman who was ruthless and vicious.

Lady Jane was niece to Henry VIII and cousin to Mary and Elizabeth. She was the nine day alternative queen because the people were afraid of Mary and her Catholicism. This book describes the political machinations of the time. The necessary and unnecessary ruthlessness of the period.

Lady Jane had an amazing strength of character in one so young. She was also forced to grow up at an alarming rate. Lady Jane was basically a pawn to those people who she was surrounded by. A real tragedy.


Journal Entry 14 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 15, 2009
mailed today

Journal Entry 15 by CynthiaA from Brantford, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 19, 2009
Arrived today. Good timing... I'm 80% done the book I've got going now, so I'll start this one tomorrow. Thanks raeliz64 and AceofHearts. :o)

Journal Entry 16 by CynthiaA from Brantford, Ontario Canada on Saturday, April 04, 2009
Very very good book. I am fascinated by this period in history, and I am constantly surprised at how popular culture glamorizes it when it was so brutal and cruel. I knew nothing of the circumstances that lead to Lady Jane's fate before reading this book. How horribly sad her life must have been! I was also intrigued by the fate of Queen Katherine Parr, as I didn't realize what had happened to her after Henry VIII's death. Weir managed the transition from non-fiction writer to fiction writer ably and I found the book very readable. I was also intrigued by the way that the book portrayed the growth of Protestantism in England and was interested to see how Puritanism was able to take hold. A fascinating and engrossing read!

I have the next address and will post on Monday.

Journal Entry 17 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Saturday, May 02, 2009
This book has arrived safe and sound, thanks CynthiaA for passing this on. I already started reading this and am enjoying it so far.

Journal Entry 18 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Monday, May 25, 2009
I really enjoyed reading this book, though it was very sad at the end, I felt sorry for her.

This book is now on its way to lauraloo29

Journal Entry 19 by winglauraloo29wing from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Thursday, May 28, 2009
Arrived safe and sound. I have a couple of other rings before it, but I will keep it moving. :)

Journal Entry 20 by winglauraloo29wing from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
A stunning book. Finished it up at lunch at work, tears in my eyes and all.

This will be on its way to PepeLePew this weekend. Thank you for sharing.

Journal Entry 21 by PepeLePew from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Arrived today. Thank you for sending it my way and thanks for sharing. I have two books to finish before I start on this one, but I don't expect any delays :)

Journal Entry 22 by PepeLePew from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday, September 01, 2009
I love Alison Weir and she's just as great as a writer of a novel as she is as a writer of non fiction. Wonderful book. I knew what was coming in the end, but I got so absorbed in the story that I kept hoping that the things might somehow change for Jane. Great book, thanks for sharing :)

I'll mail it by the end of the week.

Journal Entry 23 by PepeLePew at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, September 05, 2009

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On its way to Spain. Hope it gets there safely :)

Journal Entry 24 by wingBookworm-ladywing from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, September 10, 2009
Yes, arrived safely, thanks!
I had really lost hope of this book getting to me, after such a long time; so I am very happy to have it in my hands, finally!
Of course, as it usually happens, one day nothing... and next day three bookrays arrive at once.
I might take a little while, but I am really looking forward to receiving this one.
Thanks for the Leicestershire postcard!
Eva

Journal Entry 25 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, December 02, 2010
Currently reading, it will soon be on its way to the next reader.
Really sorry about the delay!
Eva

Journal Entry 26 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, January 06, 2011
Happy New Year to all of you!
I have recebtly finished reading it, and it has prompted me to re-visit the Trevor Nunn film, which I watched when first released (see pic). Apparently, things were not so rosy for poor Lady Jane Grey!
I really liked the way the story is told, with different narrators. It is a very compelling piece.
Thanks for sharing it with me, and for your patience.
It will soon be on its way to MarcThomas.
Eva

Journal Entry 27 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Sent yesterday to France.
Enjoy, happy reading!
Eva

Journal Entry 28 by MarcThomas at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Thursday, January 27, 2011
Started reading this morning!

Journal Entry 29 by MarcThomas at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Monday, April 18, 2011
Didn't really appreciate this book. I couldn't get into the multiple first persona thing.

Contacting Twynnie to get their address.

Journal Entry 30 by MarcThomas at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Sent to the next reader (a while ago actually). Enjoy!

Journal Entry 31 by Twynnie at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I did receive this book, and for some reason thought it was for something else and never journalled it. I have now rectified my mistake and contacted the next reader to see if they are still interested!

I remember enjoying this and being caught up in the story despite knowing the inevitable ending (for some reason I really like it that way!). I haven't read any of Weir's non-fiction and my sister (Cambridge history grad...) was always rather dismissive of it, but she seems a pretty competent writer of fiction.

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