Friday, January 4, 2013

A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir

  • Name: A Dangerous Inheritance
  • Author: Alison Weir
  • ISBN: 9780345535948
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication/Expected Publication: October 2, 2012
As an historian-in-training, I admit I approached this book somewhat warily, having been burned by historical fiction in the past.  However, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by Ms. Weir's blending of fiction with historical fact.

This book focuses on two women: Katherine Plantagenet (second wife of William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke) and Katherine Grey (Countess of Hertford and younger sister of the infamous Lady Jane Grey).  Katherine Plantagenet is referred to as "Kate" throughout the book, and Katherine Grey is referred to as "Katherine."  The author alternates chapters in the telling of these women's amazing stories, making it easy to see the parallels between their two lives.

Kate was the illegitimate daughter of Richard III, and very little is known about her historically.  Assuming Kate was a devoted daughter, it seems reasonable that she would attempt to clear Richard III's name in the mystery of the Princes in the Tower.  Much of her love story, both with her "true" forbidden love and her husband - the Earl of Lincoln and William Herbert, respectively - is tied to the search for her father's actual role in the young Princes' apparent demise.

History knows more about Katherine Grey since, after her sister's execution, she was next in line to the throne after Elizabeth I.  After Katherine finds documents written by Kate, Katherine also becomes fascinated with the mystery of the Princes.  Much of her story is dedicated to this quest, and she eventually finds the truth (or, at least, the truth as conveyed by this book).  She also has a love story to tell - marrying the man she loves in secret and subsequently invoking the wrath of Elizabeth.

As someone who has admittedly focused more on the Tudors and less on the Plantagenets and Greys, I found this book fascinating and entertaining; however, I do not feel qualified to judge it on its historical accuracy.  Ms. Weir provides a comprehensive author's note at the end of the book that details what events she took from fact and what was conjecture.  In my opinion, the author's note was sufficient to put history buffs' mind at ease about the dramatic license Ms. Weir felt compelled to take.
**Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book via Netgalley.**

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ep. 41 - “The Tudors” 2.01

In this Sunday episode of Tudor Talk, I am joined live and in person by our good friend Angela to discuss episode 2.01 of “The Tudors.”

Please excuse some of the sound quality. I recently got a new mixing board and am trying to adjust the settings correctly.

Thanks for listening!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ep. 40 - “Lady Jane” (1986)

In this Monday edition of Tudor Talk, Juanita joins me to discuss the 1986 movie, “Lady Jane.”

Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ep. 39 - An Interview with Maria Doyle Kennedy

In this Tuesday edition, I am joined by Maria Doyle Kennedy, who played Queen Catherine of Aragon on the Showtime series, “The Tudors.”

You can find her around the internet at the following links: 

Once again, I would like to thank Maria and her music label, Mermaid Records, for organizing this interview.

Thanks for listening!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ep. 38 - “Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII” by David Starkey Pt. 12

In this Thursday edition of Tudor Talk, I discuss "Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII" by David Starkey with Elizabeth of Everything Tudor.

Our next episode will be a special edition as we feature an interview with a cast member of the Showtime series “The Tudors.” Which cast member? Tune in to find out!!

As always, thanks for listening!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Ep. 37 - “The Tudors” 1.10

On this Monday edition, I am joined by our friend Angela of The Handsome Bob Podcast and Beckett of The History Chicks. We discuss the season 1 finale of “The Tudors,” which is even more drama-filled than usual!

As always, thanks for listening!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ep. 36 - One-Year Anniversary Spectacular Part 2!

On this Wednesday edition of Tudor Talk, I am joined by Elizabeth of Everything Tudor for Part 2 of our One-Year Anniversary Spectacular!! This includes a dramatic reading of “The Love Letters of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn.”

As always, thanks for listening!!