A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir

A Dangerous Inheritance

In 1483, Kate Plantagenet hears rumors that her father, Richard the III, murdered his nephews. Disturbed, she searches for the truth. One hundred years later Katherine Grey, sister of the executed Jane Grey, runs across Kate’s notes. Bound together by the mystery both women also face perils due to their royal blood…

Weir skillfully brings royal England of two time periods to life with descriptions of items and how people react to events. She shows how royal life can be lavish, but also dangerous. Her protagonists live lives of great luxury but also great peril. They find love is a luxury and that politics could mean their death. I felt both characters gave a believable look into their time periods. Weir’s afterword was instructive because it showed what was fact and what was fiction, but the whole story felt real. This could have been because Weir has written other nonfiction and/or fiction books taking place in the two periods. The premise of finding the truth about the two princes, a mystery which historians have debated, was intriguing by itself but made more suspenseful by the curiosity of her protagonists.  A Dangerous Inheritance is a good read for those wanting to slip into England of 1480-1580 and those wanting a historical quest.

Interested in A Dangerous Inheritance?

Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen also ponders what happened to the princes. This novel looks into events through the point of view of Elizabeth Woodville: mother to the princes…

Karen Harper’s Mistress of Mourning also touches on what happened to the Princes in the Tower and other secrets related to the Tudor dynasty…

Three Maids for a Crown by Ella March Chase also covers the tumultuous time when it was contested who would rule: Queen Mary or Queen Jane…



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