12 journalers for this copy...
It would make someones day if you add a journal entry to tell those who had the book before you where you found it. You can remain anonymous if you want to, though if you create a screen name you will be able to get notification each time someone else journals this book.
When you have finished please release the book (and make a journal entry stating where you left it) to let it continue on its journey.
Following this book on its travels can be very fun.
I did enjoy reading this, but as far as I am concerned the Queen of historical novels is Jean Plaidy!
1. Please try to have this book read within 3 weeks. I know this isn't possible, but if you make an effort to try that is all I can ask.
2. Please journal when you receive the book.
3. When about halfway through, please contact the next person on the list for their mailing address.
4. Please journal again when you've read the book and it is on its way to the next reader.
5. Have fun! Reading is supposed to be fun!
6. To the last person in the ray: Please keep this book moving... RABCK it, give it to a friend, etc... just please keep it moving once you're done reading it. Thanks!
JudySlump612 -MN (Int'l)
Jayebirck - TX (US)
svoight- TN (Int'l)
HoserLauren- Canada (US or Europe)
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Elina - Finland (Europe preferred)
fairy-whispers - Australia (Australia only)
Magika-Norway <--- book is here
If interested, please PM with your location and shipping preferences (will you ship internationally). I'll PM back. If you don't hear from me, then I didn't get your PM. Please give me a few day to respond as I'm super busy right now, with my wedding coming up fast (Aug 29th)
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About 2/3 of the way through, the book got harder for me to read, because Lady Jane sees the train wreck coming at her - and there is absolutely nothing she can do to escape it. It's painful to read about someone you have grown to like and care about being treated so badly, especially since we all know there is no happy ending in sight. I also felt very sorry for King Edward VI.
Like bookowl1000, I can't help wondering what kind of a reign Queen Jane would have had. She would have found it difficult, I'm afraid. Both Mary and Elizabeth were raised with the prospect of becoming rulers, and they also had to develop caution, patience and judgment simply to survive. On the one hand, Jane was young and smart and would have learned fast. But on the other hand, she was surrounded by all those dreadful family members determined to use her. Has any alternative history author picked up this possibility?
P. S. Bookowl1000, please forgive me if I'm being presumptuous in airing my opinions on your history. Just now the Tudors are wildly popular and glamorous here in the US, and a lot of us Yanks like to make-believe we're experts on something we've just discovered. ;-)
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Similar to when I read Abundance about Marie Antoinette and I really wanted her to be spared her fate. (She died in the end!)
I also enjoyed reading about England's break from the Catholic church. I am Roman Catholic and reading about this time of English history always fascinates me. Now I think I'd like to read Weir's next book about Elizabeth!
Once I have the address of the next person, this book will be going into the mail!
Thanks for including me in this wonderful ring. Off tomorrow to the next person, I have the address already.
When Katherine Parr is made the final wife of King Henry VIII, Jane's mother becomes a lady-in-waiting, Frances presents Jane to Katherine in hopes of winning favour. Katherine becomes interested in advancing Jane's education and her status to Edward once King Henry VIII dies and Edward becomes King. All of Jane's elders are working towards her becoming Queen regardless of the fact that she has no interest in it.
I've watched and read a fair amount about the Tudor era recently and this book picked up nicely by explaining what happened between King Edward VI and Queen Mary. Even though you know what is going to happen you can't help but get wrapped up in the story and hope that the ending will somehow change!
At times I got a bit caught up in the narrating characters changing but eventually got used to it and this became quite the page turner. By the end of the book you can't help but be enraged at Jane's parents and the other councilors that made her the innocent traitor this book is so aptly named.
I have the address of the next person on the list but to be honest I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to get to the post office with the holiday rush coming so quickly! I will post again once I've mailed.
Safe travels little book!
Thanks for posting Lauren, I appreciate you making the trip to the Post Office with a busy runup to Christmas!
Started already, whilst at the garage on an emergency run as my car radio decided it just wasn't going to play ball. All sorted now!!
Will read before New Year. I hope.
Merry Christmas to all who have journalled this book, and a Happy New Year to all!
Perfectly staged narratives from Queen Katherine Parr, Lady, later Queen, Jane herself, her parents and Lady Jane's nurse, all expressing their views and opinions about what is going on and what they think/want to happen. Lady Jane's parents are truly despicable, but I think thats mainly because as a girl born in the 20th Century my future wasn't purely about being sold off to the highest/best bidder in the marriage market! They make her feel totally worthless and useless, surplus to requirements, like its the fault of Jane that she was born a girl, not a boy. Her nurse is gorgeous, encouraging, sensible and empathic to her charge's woes and troubles. The thoughts of Queen Katherine are interesting, again she survivied her marriage to two much older men before being passed to King Henry VII and then was snared by her previous suitor with a sad ending there. I don't want to go into much more detail in case it spoils it for future readers.
Needless to say I *really* enjoyed this one! Thanks so much for organdizing the ring TheGoalieGirl - have you tried 'The Queen of Subtleties'? My colleague at work, Thelma, has a very keen interest in the Tudors and has read both books loving them both so I thought I would mention the other novel to you.
PM'ing Elina in Finland and hope to get this one in post before New Year.
Oh well - enjoy!
Thanks for hosting GoalieGirl - and hope you enjoy 'The Queen of Subtlties' :)
I am on my way to the next reader. Fairy-whispers is sorry she took so long to send me on my way. Things are very hectic in her home at the moment and she just plain forgot. Imagine it! Forgetting about me! I'm not sure I shouldn't be offended. In any case, I left her place this morning and hope to arrive at my new destination soon.
Just have to finish another of Weir's books (Eleanor of Aquitaine) before I start this one, but hope to have this one devoured within the fortnight.
Not surprisingly it is easy to feel warmth towards and pity for the Lady Jane, and even though it is known how the story will end, the reader cannot help but harbor a secret hope that the author will, in the spirit of true artistic licence, provide the character with a far happier ending.
It is clear from this book that Weir is a historian, as she writes as one, and Innocent Traitor has an evident feel of academia to it. At times this made the story feel a bit "stiff", but as a whole, Alison Weir has been able to create a depth to her characters that either makes you love them or hate them, and has re-told a story that was and remains in every way a tragedy.
Apologies for taking so long to read this but I had a baby and some health issues so unfortunately my reading had to take a back seat!
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