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Weir, Alison

Works: 39 works in 149 publications in 6 languages and 8,589 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Biographies  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Historical films  Biographical films  Television mini-series  Drama 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Narrator, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PR6123.E36, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alison Weir
The Lost Tudor Princess : the Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lady Mary Douglas, the beautiful, cunning niece of Henry VIII of England, used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence the Tudor succession after the death of Elizabeth I. From her auspicious birth in 1530 to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for four of Henry's six wives, Margaret's life was steeped in intrigue, drama and tragedy. Her life spanned five reigns and provides many missing links between the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Weir brings this captivating character out of the shadows
The Lady Elizabeth : a novel by Alison Weir( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 767 WorldCat member 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
Katherine Swynford : the story of John of Gaunt and his scandalous duchess by Alison Weir( )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 752 WorldCat member 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
Elizabeth R by Glenda Jackson( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member 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."
Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir( Recording )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleanor of Aquitaine was the beautiful twelfth-century woman who was queen of France until she abandoned her royal husband for the younger man who would become king of England. In a relationship based on lust and a mutual desire for great power, Henry II and Eleanor took over the English throne in 1154, thus beginning one of the most influential reigns and tumultuous royal marriages in all of history
Innocent traitor by Alison Weir( Recording )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lady Jane Grey was born into the most dangerous of times. Child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother for whom she is a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, she lived a life in thrall to political machinations and lethal religious fervour. Growing up with the future Queen Elizabeth and her reluctant nemesis, Mary, she soon learns the truth of the values imparted to her by Henry VIII's last Queen, Katherine Parr. Her honesty, intelligence and strength of character carry her through all the vicious twists of Tudor power politics, to her nine day reign and its unbearably poignant conclusion
The Lady Elizabeth : a novel by Alison Weir( Recording )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at the life of Elizabeth I before she became queen and the powerful figures which dominated her life, including Henry VIII; her sister Mary; Edward; Thomas Seymour; and the ever-present ghost of her mother, Anne Boleyn, who was executed by Henry. She will learn early that the adult world contains many threats that have to be negotiated if she is to keep her heart and her head
The lady in the tower : the fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member 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
The life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member 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?"--Jacket
The children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne: his only son the nine-year-old Prince Edward; the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife, Katherine Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the teenage daughter of his second wife, Anne Boleyn; and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey. In this riveting account, Alison Weir paints a unique portrait of these extraordinary rulers, examining their intricate relationships to one another and to history. She traces the tumult that followed Henry's death, from the brief intrigue-filled reigns of the boy-king Edward VI and the fragile Lady Jane Grey, to the savagery of "Bloody Mary," and finally the accession of the politically adroit Elizabeth I
The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir( Book )

2 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the struggles of the Lancaster and York families to control the British monarchy, while offering profiles of such figures as Katherine of Valois, Elizabeth Wydville, and Margaret of Anjou
The lady in the tower : the fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir( Recording )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accused of adultery, incest, and treason, Anne Boleyn is locked in the Tower of London on May 2, 1536. Despite maintaining her innocence, she's quickly condemned to death. Soon, one sword stroke sends her into eternity. But as her remains rot in the sun--unblessed by coffin, marker, or funeral--few know the truth behind her swift demise
Occupation 101 : voices of the silenced majority( Visual )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace
Innocent traitor : a novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictional portrait of Lady Jane Grey, the great-niece of Henry VIII, follows her turbulent life against the backdrop of Tudor power politics and religious upheaval, from her youth, to her nine-day reign as Queen of England, to its tragic aftermath
The ring and the crown : [a history of royal weddings, 1066-2011]( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen Isabella : treachery, adultery, and murder in medieval England by Alison Weir( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conspiracy, treason, perjury, and forgery, along with political assassination, and several deadly sins ... [the author of this book] exhibits a breathtaking grasp of the physical and cultural context of Queen Eleanor's life
Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is the year 1152 and a beautiful woman of thirty, attended by only a small armed escort, is riding like the wind southwards through what is now France. She is leaving behind her crown, her two young daughters and a shattered marriage to Louis of France, who had been more like a monk than a king, and certainly not much of a lover. The woman is Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and her sole purpose now is to return to her vast duchy and marry the man she loves, Henry Plantagenet, a man destined for greatness as King of England. Theirs is a union founded on lust, which will create a great empire stretching from the wilds of Scotland to the Pyrenees. It will also create the devil{u2019}s brood of Plantagenets {u2013} including Richard Cœur de Lion and King John {u2013} and one of the most notoriously tempestuous marriage in history."--Publisher
Against our better judgment : the hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel by Alison Weir( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry VIII : the king and his court by Alison Weir( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acknowledgments - Introduction - 1. "A Most Accomplished Prince"--2. "The Triumphal Coronation" - 3. "A Prince of Splendour and Generosity" - 4. "This Magnificent, Excellent and Triumphant Court" - 5. "A Perfect Builder of Pleasant Palaces" - 6 "The King's House" - 7. "The Worship and Welfare of the Whole Household" - 8. "Such Plenty of Costly Provision" - 9. "Elegant Manners, Extreme Decorum, and Very Great Politeness" - 10. "Innocent and Honest Pastimes" - 11. "New Men" and "Natural Counsellors" -12. "All Goodly Sports" - 13. "Merry Disports" - 14. "Rather Divine Than Human" - 15. "The Holy Innocent" - 16. "A Galaxy of Distinguished Men" - 17. "The King's Painters" - 18. "Graceless Dogholes" - 19. "Obstinate Men Who Govern Everything" - 20. "Cloth of Frieze Be Not Too Bold" - 21. "The Best Dressed Sovereign in the World" - 22. "This Cardinal Is King - 23. "The Pearl of the World" - 24. "Multitudes Are Dying around Us" - 25. "The Mother of the King's Son" - 26. "The Eighth Wonder of the World" - 27. "One Man's Disobedience" - 28. "A Proud Horse Tamed and Bridled" - 29. "All the Enemies of England Are Gone" - 30. "Next in Rank to His Majesty" - 31. "The Establishment of Good Order" - 32. "A Fresh Young Damsel" - 33. "Master Hans" - 34. "Noli Me Tangere, for Caesar's I Am" - 35. "A Thousand Cases of Sweat" - 36. "Back to Your Wife!" - 37. "Above Everyone, Mademoiselle Anne" - 38. "Squire Harry Will Be God, and Do as He Pleases!" - 39. "Opprobrious Words" - 40. "The Lady Marquess" - 41. "The Triumph at Calais and Boulogne" - 42. "Anna Regina Angliae" - 43. "Here Anna Comes, Bright Image of Chastity" - 44. "The High and Mighty Princess of England" - 45. "The Image of God upon Earth" - 46. "That Thin Old Woman" - 47. "Thunder Rolls around the Throne" - 48. "Bound to Obey and Serve" - 49. "The Suppression of the Religious Houses" - 50. "The Most Joyful News" - 51. "The Very Pearl of the Realm" - 52. "A Sort of Knaves" - 53. "Nourishing Love" - 54. "Displeasant Airs" - 55. "I Have Been Young, and Now Am Old" - 56. "Is Not the Queen Abed Yet?" - 57. "Little, Sweet Fool" - 58. "A Nest of Heretics" - 59. "The Good Expectations of the King's Majesty" - 60. "The Enterprise of Boulogne" - 61. "The Worst Legs in the World" - 62 "Painful Service" - 63. "The Rarest Man That Lived in His Time" - Genealogical Table: The Tudors and Their Rivals - Bibliography - Notes and References - List of Illustrations - Index
Mistress of the monarchy : the life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster by Alison Weir( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member 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
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