Remarks on Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
After reading The Lady Elizabeth, Weir’s 2nd fictional novel, I was excited to read her first and a best selling historical fiction novel, Innocent Traitor. The story was fascinating, as it followed the life of Lady Jane Gray, from birth until she was beheaded at the block. I felt deeply sympathetic with the protagonist and this shows the masterful way Alison Weir writes her novels to tug at the emotions of the readers. Lady Jane’s tale is a tragic tale and you find yourself hoping for some great happiness to befall her at every turn of the page.
Despite my love of the story, I was not as enthralled with this book as I was with The Lady Elizabeth. I found I had some difficulty getting past the narrative style in Innocent Traitor. The book was written from the point of view of multiple characters all using the first person. Though Weir always designated who was talking I felt, as another reviewer pointed out, none of the characters had their own “voice.” I found males, females, and even children at times all sounded the same when they were speaking in first person. It always took me a moment to register who was talking. Even though the narrative style was difficult to get past the overall story was still well written.
If you are fascinated with the history of Tudor England and want to read a book from the perspective of an individual who eventually gets put to death through the folly of the adults around her, Innocent Traitor is a worthy read. It will not leave you disappointed if you are looking for a good historical story.