A Dangerous Inheritance

A Dangerous Inheritance

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The year is 1562. Lady Catherine Grey, cousin of Elizabeth I, has just been arrested along with her husband Edward. Their crime is to have secretly married and produced a child who might threaten the Queen's title.

Alone in her chamber at the Tower of London, Catherine hears ghostly voices, echoes, she thinks, of a crime committed in the same room where she is imprisoned.

The story flashes back to 1483 and another Catherine - Kate Plantaganet, bastard daughter of Richard III. She has heard terrible rumours of the death of the young deposed Edward V and his brother (the Princes in the Tower) but loyalty to her father prevents her believing them. After his death at Bosworth, she is viewed with suspicion by Henry VII's court, even more so when she becomes pregnant.

Catherine, too, is pregnant, a friendly warder having sneaked Edward into her room. She finds documents relating to Kate's life and gets swept up both in Kate's story and the mystery of the Princes, which she realises Kate never solved.

Kate dies in childbirth and it is left to Catherine to discover the truth about the Princes.

Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2012.
ISBN: 9780091926236
Characteristics: 509 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 29, 2015

Loved it! I'm a big fan of historical fiction and have stuck to Philippa Gregory in recent year but Weir does a fantastic job. I really couldn't put this one down. Well worth the read if you too are a British Monarchy history fan :)

Jan 21, 2013

Family skeletons should be left alone, but seldom are. And the search for truth behind the death of the little princes in the tower is woven together in this well researched tale. Flipping back and forth in time, two women named Kate participate in the turbulent times of their lives. While one witnesses the events of Richard III, the other nearly a century later, sees her sister become a pawn in the very dangerous game of power and who shall rule England.

ehbooklover Nov 11, 2012

A well researched, hard-to-put-down historical novel telling the stories of Katherine Grey, sister of Lady Jane Grey, and Kate Plantagenet, the illegitimate daughter of Richard III. Though these women are from different time periods, they are linked by their interest in solving the mystery of the Princes in the Tower and by the fact that they are both pawns in their family's power struggles for the throne.

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