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Specializing in the medieval and Tudor periods, popular British historian Alison Weir has chronicled the tumultous lives of Britain's monarchs in such best-selling biographies as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Elizabeth the Queen. Now she turns to fiction to tell the tragic story of Lady Jane Grey (1537-54), known to all as England's "Nine Days Queen." Her debut novel, Innocent Traitor (LJ 12/06), launches this March.
After ten works of nonfiction, why did you decide to write a novel?
I first started writing historical novels when I was a teenager. But then I got on the route of nonfiction. Eight years ago, while I was researching Eleanor of Aquitaine, it suddently …