Wednesday, the 15th of April–time for Shelf Control! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, and such. If you participate, link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks!

This week, my pick is historical fiction, another of my favourite genres–Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir. First published in 2007, this is Weir’s debut novel. This is the story of the nine-days queen, Lady Jane Grey.

A great-granddaughter of Henry VII, and first cousin once removed of Edward VI, she found herself between a queen awaiting coronation and deposed monarch within days. Born in turbulent times, she was the child of a scheming father and ruthless mother for whom she is just a pawn (reminding me a little of Katherine Howard here). And she is caught amidst the struggle for the throne when Edward VI, Henry VIIIth’s successor dies prematurely. She was honest. intelligent, and reputed to be one of the most learned women of her day, with a strength of character that enabled her to weather the storm she found herself caught in. And while she had no ambitions to rule, she was forced to accept the crown, and ended up paying with her life.

Having read (and enjoyed) Alison Weir’s non-fiction book The Six Wives of Henry VIII before (review here), I was interested in picking up some fiction by her as well. Then, a couple of years ago, I came across My Lady Jane, a comic (?)/alternative retelling of Jane Grey’s tale, which I wanted to read but decided also that I wanted to know a little of Jane Grey’s real story (with which I am unfamiliar) before I did that. So, picking up this book made a lot of sense, and I am looking forward to reading it. I only found out while writing this post that this was her debut, so it will certainly be a good place to start!

Have you read this one? Or any other/s of Alison Weir’s fiction? Which ones and how did you like them? Also if you’ve read My Lady Jane, let me know how you liked that! Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations.

Cover image: goodreads

Book/Lady Jane description: Goodreads (here) and Wikipedia (here)

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