The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the demise of Jane’s infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane’ s adolescent cousin, and Henry’s successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor.
Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.
Historical Fiction has to be one of my favourite genres and Alison Weir is certainly one of the masters of the genre.
The major problem I had with this novel is that it was presented through various points of view and I found this highly confusing at times. I also had to re-read various parts in order for me to understand what was going on.
I have always found Alison’s novels to be well researched and I can never fault the historical facts used within the novel.
I think it is the geeky side of me that loves historical fiction. I love that if you read a good accurate historical novel, you feel like you are learning about that part of history through the character’s eyes.
Overall a very enjoyable novel that I would highly recommend to historical fiction fans.