Book Review: A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir (Part 2)

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Katherine Plantagenet potions of the book were a welcoming breathe of fresh hair from ‘the poor little me’ plight of Catherine Grey, and were actually very interesting. It even rolled over to Grey’s part of the book and made that interesting, before Catherine annoyed me again with her comment about her friend’s wife being jealous because they guy was spending all of his time with her.

Katherine Plantagenet was the illegitimate child of Richard III, currently known as the Car Park King, after his remains were found in a parking lot in Leicester England in September 2012. Plantagenet’s story follows her father ascension to become king and the conspiracy around his raise to the throne. Richard III is one of the most controversial Kings in British History. Taking the throne after the death of his brother Edward, he became the Lord Protectorate of Edward’s two sons. The controversy spins from Richard becoming King and the disappears of his nephews after he placed them in the Tower of London. The story is played out from the point of view of Katherine, who goes through her story with utter faith in her father and tries to prove his innocence when rumors begin to circulate about the young Princes’ and Richard’s ascension to the throne. Plantagenet is miles away from Grey, she is self less, loyal and stubborn. Her only downfall is undying devotion to her father. Even when faced everyone saying her father is a traitor and a usurper, Plantagenet never believes it, and eventually opts to investigate these rumors to prove her father as innocent.

I really enjoyed reading through her parts of the book, since she actually had me believing that he was actually innocent, but of course as the story goes on, the evidence is given and I began to feel sorry for her because of her blind devotion to her father. Even when he marries her off to the Lord Huntington, who was basically abusive to her, she continued to believed in her father. I respect her for putting duty before all but it is still sad seeing what Richard did to her. To Richard like everyone else she was nothing more than a pawn in his greater plans, worth only 600 pounds a month, to secure himself on the throne. I don’t know what’s worse, dying not knowing what his true intentions were or dying thinking he was a man he wasn’t. All she was left with was the thought of everyone else and the rumors about him, even until she was the last one to believe that he was not a tyrant.

The Writing and History

For all my criticism of A Dangerous Inheritance, I quite liked it. If it was just about Katherine Plantagenet trying to figure what happened and trying to prove her father to be innocent it would be marvelous. I enjoyed the fact that it went over to Grey’s story and she had her own evidence to put forward towards the mystery or the disappearing Princes. The book followed the real life events pretty closely and Weir herself states that there were a lot of information and letters for Catherine Grey however there were little to none for Katherine Plantagenet, so her story followed the timeline of Richard III’s ascension. Weir tried her best to stay close to the historical I found it interesting that Weir went for a supernatural angle, which I thought was very interesting. There are points within both stories where the two character cross paths through time, for example Katherine marrying William Herbert and Catherine marrying his descendant Henry Herbert. Weir pushed this a little further by having Catherine Grey experience feelings, see shadows and hear voices whenever she came across a point or place where Katherine Plantagenet was previously for example Grey putting on Katherine’s necklace and feeling a sense of dread and sadness.

The book was written in first person for Catherine Grey and third person for Katherine Plantagenet. I’d like to think because Grey’s story unfolded through different letters written by Catherine when the author did her research, Weir decided to go for Catherine telling us about her story. Katherine’s is talking about her father and while it is her story it’s her father that shapes so it’s told from an other perspective.

Overall, A Dangerous Inheritance was enjoyable, Catherine was an annoying character but I did want to see her happy towards the end. Katherine’s story was interesting but I felt sorry for her by the end. If you’re interested in historical fiction, and conspiracies check out this book, it’s available on Amazon, Audible and your local book store.

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