Alison Weir’s latest historical novel, A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower, alternates the stories of Katherine Grey (sister of Jane Grey, feared heir of Elizabeth I) and Katherine Plantagenet (daughter of Richard III) as both women find themselves victims of their own royal blood, at the mercy of other people’s plots, unlucky in love, and consumed with finding out the truth about the Princes in the Tower (the two sons of Edward IV who were supposedly murdered by Richard III).
As usual, Weir does an excellent job of bringing history to life and of sorting through the available historical sources to present a thoughtful and nuanced view of a complicated era in history. Reading about all of the intrigues and labyrinthine plots of court life made me appreciate the incredibly difficult position women were in when they were in line for the throne.
Most of all, A Dangerous Inheritance is a terrific and interesting story, and I’d recommend it even for people who aren’t quite as obsessed with British history as I am.
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