Most widely held works by Alison Weir
Henry VIII : the king and his court by Alison Weir ( Book )
41 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 2,508 libraries worldwide
"Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power and celebrated for his intellect, presided over one of the most magnificent - and dangerous - courts in Renaissance Europe. Never before has a detailed, personal biography of this charismatic monarch been set against the cultural, social, and political background of his glittering court and the splendor of his many sumptuous palaces. Alison Weir brings to vibrant life the turbulent, complex figure of the King, who emerges as a fully rounded and realistic personality, not the two-dimensional caricature of popular misconception. Packed with colorful description and anecdotal evidence, the narrative also offers controversial new theories based on sources that have until now been overlooked."--Jacket.
The six wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir ( Book )
25 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and Korean and held by 2,173 libraries worldwide
Well-documented portraits of each of King Henry the VIII's 6 wives. The lives and fates of King Henry VIII's legendary six wives are laid bare in a vivid, in-depth account that is set against the colorful, tempestuous background of the Tudor era.
Innocent traitor : a novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir ( Book )
31 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,976 libraries worldwide
Lady Jane Grey was born into times of extreme danger. Child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she was merely a pawn in a dynastic power game with the highest stakes, she lived a live in thrall to political machinations and lethal religious fervour. Jane's astonishing and essentially tragic story was played out during one of the most momentous periods of English history. As a great-niece of Henry VIII, and the cousin of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, she grew up realize that she could never throw off the chains of her destiny. Her honesty, intelligence and strength of character carry the reader through all the vicious twists of Tudor power politics, to her nine-day reign and its unbearably poignant conclusion.
The princes in the tower by Alison Weir ( Book )
16 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 1,948 libraries worldwide
Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, remain one of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. Did Richard III really kill the young princes, as is commonly believed, or was the murderer someone else entirely? Carefully examining every shred of contemporary evidence as well as the dozens of modern accounts, Weir reconstructs the entire chain of events leading to the double murder to arrive at a conclusion Sherlock Holmes himself could not dispute.
The life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir ( Book )
15 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 1,856 libraries worldwide
"Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I reigned prosperously for more than forty years, from 1558 until her death in 1603. During her rule, however, she remained an extremely private person, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one - not even her closest, most trusted advisors. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir brings the enigmatic figure of Elizabeth I to life as never before."--BOOK JACKET. "Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character, exploring complex questions. Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife? She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons? She never married, but was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn?"--BOOK JACKET.
The Lady Elizabeth : a novel by Alison Weir ( Book )
33 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,814 libraries worldwide
A vivid fictional portrait of the tumultuous early life of Queen Elizabeth I describes her perilous path to the throne of England and the scandal, political intrigues, and religious turmoil she confronted along the way, from the deaths of her parents, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, to the fanaticism of her sister, Mary I.
The lady in the tower : the fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir ( Book )
23 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,763 libraries worldwide
The tempestuous love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn scandalized Christendom and altered forever the religious landscape of England. Acclaimed historian and bestselling author Alison Weir draws on myriad sources from the Tudor era to examine, in unprecedented depth, the gripping, dark, and chilling story of Anne Boleyn's final days.
Eleanor of Aquitaine : a life by Alison Weir ( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,762 libraries worldwide
A biography of one of the most influential women of the Middle Ages discusses her marriages to Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, and her later efforts to secure the throne of England for her sons.
The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir ( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,557 libraries worldwide
Reconstructs the conflict between the royal Houses of Lancaster and York, bringing to life both the war and the historic figures who fought it.
Mary, Queen of Scots, and the murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir ( Book )
18 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,530 libraries worldwide
This book is an excursion into Britain's bloodstained, power-obsessed past. The author's investigation into Lord Darnley's murder is set against one of the most dramatic periods in English history. Its conclusions shed light on the actions and motives of the conspirators and, in particular, the extent of Mary's own involvement. Tall, handsome, accomplished, and charming, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, had it all, including a strong claim to the English throne, a fact that threatened the already insecure Elizabeth I. She therefore opposed any plan for Darnley to marry her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who herself claimed to be Queen of England. But in 1565 Mary met and fell in love with Darnley and defied Elizabeth by marrying him. It was not long before she discovered that her new husband was weak and vicious, and interested only in securing sovereign power for himself. On February 10, 1567, an explosion at his lodgings left Darnley dead. There were many who might have had a motive for murdering him, not least Mary herself. The intrigue thickened after it was discovered that apparently he had been suffocated before the blast. Emerging from the tragedy were more mysteries than any historian has ever satisfactorily solved. Mary and Darnley's marriage had been an adulterous disaster. After Darnley's death, Mary showed favor to the powerful Earl of Bothwell, causing her enemies to accuse her of being his partner in both infidelity and murder. Mary insisted that the murder conspiracy had been aimed at her, and that she had escaped only by changing her plans at the last minute. It has even been suggested that Darnley himself had planned the explosion in order to kill her. The murder of Darnley ultimately led to Mary's ruin. After her deposition, there conveniently came to light a box of documents, the notorious Casket Letters, that her enemies claimed were proof of her guilt. But Mary was never allowed to see them, and they disappeared in 1584. The question of their authenticity has haunted historians ever since. After exhaustive reexamination and reevaluation of the source material, the author has come up with a solution to this enduring mystery that can be substantiated by contemporary evidence, and in the process has shattered many of the misconceptions about Mary, Queen of Scots.
Queen Isabella : treachery, adultery, and murder in medieval England by Alison Weir ( Book )
21 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,487 libraries worldwide
A portrait of Queen Isabella describes her marriage to Edward II, the king's homosexual affairs, her flight back to France, and her alliance with her husband's arch-enemy, Roger Mortimer, with whom she launched a revolution.
Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir ( Book )
26 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,459 libraries worldwide
The author harks back to the twelfth century with a sensuous and tempestuous tale that brings vividly to life England's most passionate and destructive royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II. Nearing her thirtieth birthday, Eleanor has spent the past dozen frustrating years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political advantages, the marriage has brought Eleanor only increasing unhappiness and daughters instead of the hoped for male heir. But when the young and dynamic Henry of Anjou arrives at the French court, Eleanor sees a way out of her discontent. For even as their eyes meet for the first time, the seductive Eleanor and the virile Henry know that theirs is a passion that could ignite the world. Returning to her duchy of Aquitaine after the annulment of her marriage to Louis, Eleanor immediately sends for Henry, the future King of England, to come and marry her. The union of this royal couple will create a vast empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and marks the beginning of the celebrated Plantagenet dynasty. But Henry and Eleanor's marriage, charged with physical heat, begins a fiery downward spiral marred by power struggles, betrayals, bitter rivalries, and a devil's brood of young Plantagenets including Richard the Lionheart and the future King John. Early on, Eleanor must endure Henry's formidable mother, the Empress Matilda, as well as his infidelities, while in later years, Henry's friendship with Thomas Becket will lead to a deadly rivalry. Eventually, as the couple's rebellious sons grow impatient for power, the scene is set for a vicious and tragic conflict that will engulf both Eleanor and Henry. This is an historical novel that encompasses the building of an empire and the monumental story of a royal marriage.
Katherine Swynford the story of John of Gaunt and his scandalous duchess by Alison Weir ( Recording )
14 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,013 libraries worldwide
Recounts one of the love stories of medieval England. This is a tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.
Mistress of the monarchy : the life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster by Alison Weir ( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 897 libraries worldwide
Historian Alison Weir brings to life the tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became a crucial figure in the British royal dynasties. Born in the mid-14th century, Katherine experienced the Hundred Years' War, the Black Death, and the Peasants' Revolt, and crossed paths with many eminent figures, among them her brother-in-law, Geoffrey Chaucer. At age ten, she was appointed to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III; at twelve, she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. Widowed at 21, Katherine, gifted with beauty and charms, later became John of Gaunt's mistress. Throughout their illicit union, John and Katherine were devoted to each other. In middle age, after many twists of fortune, they wed, and her children by John, the Beauforts, would become direct forebears of the Royal Houses of York, Tudor, and Stuart, and of every British sovereign since 1461 (as well as four U.S. presidents).--From publisher description.
Women of achievement : thirty-five centuries of history by Susan Raven ( Book )
2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 851 libraries worldwide
Elizabeth R ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 568 libraries worldwide
"I may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart!" said Elizabeth I. Elizabeth I, known as the Virgin Queen, was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and reigned as Queen of England from 1558-1603. This mini-series dramatizes her life from her ascension to the throne at age 25 to her death forty-four years later. Elizabeth refused to ever marry, exploiting her status as a tool in foreign policy, and using courtship as diplomacy, a theme explored at some length in this depiction. The drama brings to life her brilliant advisors, including William Cecil and Francis Walsingham, and great sailors Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh. Delves into the life of the monarch who made England into a world power, and whose time on the throne is now remembered as the "Elizabethan Age."
Elizabeth I the virgin queen ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 405 libraries worldwide
She restored faith in the monarchy and led her nation to its greatest period of prosperity and accomplishment. Queen Elizabeth I is one of the most storied rulers in human history. The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she assumed the thorne only after the death of her sister Mary. But once in power, she used her education, innate shrewdness and diplomatic skill to lead her nation to glory. Discover how she stabilized the economy, won the love and support of her people, and played an endless string of royal suitors to her political advantage.
Elizabeth the Queen by Alison Weir ( Book )
11 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 357 libraries worldwide
Eleanor of Aquitaine : by the wrath of God, Queen of England by Alison Weir ( Book )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 345 libraries worldwide
Eleanor of Aquitaine was a remarkable woman. She was an important factor in the reign of four kings, lived to the ripe old age of 82, bore 10 children and outlived all but two of them. In an age of men, she was indeed a powerful woman. With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, Weir re-creates not only a remarkable personality, but a magnificent past era. As Weir traces the fascinating intersection of public and private lives in Europe's twelfth-century courts, Eleanor comes to life as a complex, boldly original woman who transcended the mores of society. Later, after sixteen years of imprisonment for plotting to overthrow Henry, the humbled Queen emerged, at age sixty-seven, to rule England.
Mary Boleyn : the mistress of kings by Alison Weir ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
Presents a historical profile of Henry VIII's mistress and the sister of Anne Boleyn, examining her affair with Francis I of France, rise and fall in the Tudor court, and obscure later years after she married for love.
Anne Boleyn,--Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England,--1507-1536 Audiobooks Biographical fiction Biographical television programs Biography Boleyn, Mary,--1508-1543 Darnley, Henry Stuart,--Lord,--1545-1567 Drama Edward--V,--King of England,--1470-1483 Edward--VI,--King of England,--1537-1553 Eleanor,--of Aquitaine, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of England,--1122?-1204 Elizabeth--I,--Queen of England,--1533-1603 England Families Fiction France Great Britain Grey, Jane,--Lady,--1537-1554 Henry--II,--King of England,--1133-1189 Henry--VIII,--King of England,--1491-1547 Historical fiction Historical fiction Historical television programs History Isabella,--Queen, consort of Edward II, King of England,--1292-1358 John,--of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster,--1340-1399 Katherine,--Duchess of Lancaster,--1350?-1403 Kings and rulers Large type books Louis--VII,--King of France,--ca. 1120-1180 Man-woman relationships Marriage Marriages of royalty and nobility Mary,--Queen of Scots,--1542-1587 Mary--I,--Queen of England,--1516-1558 Murder Nobility Political prisoners Princes Queens Relations with courts and courtiers Relations with women Richard,--Duke of York,--1472-1483 Scotland Television mini-series Television mini-series Video recordings--for the hearing impaired Wars of the Roses (Great Britain : 1455-1485) Wives Women
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