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Weir, Alison

Works: 35 works in 158 publications in 6 languages and 7,687 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Biographies  Drama  Television mini-series  Historical television programs  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Narrator, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PR6123.E36, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alison Weir
The Lady Elizabeth : a novel by Alison Weir( Book )

32 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 777 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 750 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 586 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 )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 567 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 555 WorldCat member 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 life in thrall to political machinations and lethal religious fervour
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 336 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 325 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 311 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 )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 285 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 )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 252 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 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lady Jane Grey was born into times of extreme danger. Child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, she lived a live in thrall to political machinations and lethal religious fervour. This book talks about the twists of Tudor power politics, her nine-day reign and its unbearably poignant conclusion
Queen Isabella : treachery, adultery, and murder in medieval England by Alison Weir( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 157 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
The ring and the crown : [a history of royal weddings, 1066-2011]( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain's top historical biographers to look closely at royal weddings from 1066 to the present day ... Every kind of wedding features - from those marked by great public celebrations to the many that took place in private chapels, parish churches, and even in secret." --Front flap
Against our better judgment : the hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel by Alison Weir( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dangerous inheritance : a novel of Tudor rivals and the secret of the Tower by Alison Weir( Recording )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale inspired by the life of Lady Jane Gray's younger sister, Katherine, interweaves the tragic story of her imprisonment in the Tower of London with the fates of three other innocent political prisoners including Kate Plantagenet and boy princes Edward and Richard
Henry VIII : the king and his court by Alison Weir( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 114 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
Isabella : she-wolf of France, Queen of England by Alison Weir( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Newgate Street in the city of London once stood the magnificent church of a Franciscan monastery. Entirely paved with marble, this royal mausoleum, built in the 14th century, was set to rival Westminster Abbey. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femmes fatales in history." "Today, according to popular legend, Isabella's angry ghost can be glimpsed among the church ruins, clutching the beating heart of her murdered husband. It's also said that her maniacal laughter can be heard on stormy nights at Castle Rising in Norfolk. In literature she has fared no better. Christopher Marlowe's 'unnatural Queen, false Isabel' has also been described as 'a woman of evil character, a notorious schemer', and as the 'She-Wolf of France'. Tragic, cruel, tormented: how did Isabella acquire such a reputation?" "Isabella was born in 1292, the daughter of Philip IV of France and sister to three future French kings. A pawn in the game of international politics, she was married at the age of twelve to Edward II of England. And so began a public and private life more turbulent and eventful than any heroine - or anti-heroine - of fiction." "Isabella lived through a long period of civil war. She bore Edward four children but was constantly humiliated by his relationships with male favourites. Although she is known to have lived adulterously with Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, accusations of murder and regicide remain unsubstantiated. Had it not been for her unfaithfulness, history may have immortalised her as a liberator - the saviour who unshackled England from a weak and vicious monarch."--BOOK JACKET
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 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life the extraordinary tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became one of the most crucial figures in the history of Great Britain. Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. But her story had truly begun two years earlier, when she was appointed governess to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III. Widowed at twenty-one, Katherine became John's mistress and then, after many twists of fortune, his bride in a scandalous marriage. Mistress of the Monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time—making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her own destiny. Indeed, without Katherine Swynford, the course of English history, perhaps even the world, would have been very different."--Publisher description
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