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Weir, Alison 1951-

Works: 119 works in 817 publications in 8 languages and 41,128 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6123.E36, B
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Innocent traitor : a novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir( Book )
40 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 2,539 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
The six wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir( Book )
42 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,420 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
The princes in the tower by Alison Weir( Book )
35 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 2,192 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
Captive queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir( Book )
41 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,017 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
Eleanor of Aquitaine : a life by Alison Weir( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 2,006 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 lady in the tower : the fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir( Book )
24 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and Czech and held by 1,836 libraries worldwide
The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn in May 1536 was unprecedented in English history. Anne was imprisoned in the Tower of London on 2 May 1536, and tried and found guilty of high treason on 15 May. Her supposed crimes included adultery and plotting the King's death. The author has reassessed the evidence and rewritten the story of Anne's fall
The life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir( Book )
19 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,796 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
A dangerous inheritance : a novel of Tudor rivals and the secret of the Tower by Alison Weir( Book )
26 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,704 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 )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 1,675 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 Lady Elizabeth : a novel by Alison Weir( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,622 libraries worldwide
This novel tells the story of Elizabeth I before she became Queen. Those who play powerful roles in her childhood include her father Henry VIII, her sister Mary and Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth learns early that the adult world around her contains many threats that must be negotiated if she is to keep her heart, and her head
Mary, Queen of Scots, and the murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir( Book )
27 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,590 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
The marriage game : a novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir( Book )
22 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Russian and held by 1,514 libraries worldwide
"In this compelling novel of Tudor drama and suspense, acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life one of England's most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley. Only twenty-five and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing--though married--Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth's heart. Their flagrant flirting, their unescorted outings, and the appointment of Lord Robert to Master of Horse inspire whispers through the court, and even rumors that Elizabeth has secretly given birth to Lord Robert's child. Events take a dark turn when Robert's wife is found dead. Universal shock is followed by accusations of murder. Despite the scandal, Elizabeth and Robert manage to navigate the choppy political, economic, and religious waters around them. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within. With intricate period detail and captivating prose, Alison Weir explores one of history's most provocative 'Did they or didn't they?' debates. The Marriage Game maneuvers through the alliances, duplicities, intrigue, and emotions of a woman intent on sovereignty--over her country and herself. Praise for Alison Weir A Dangerous Inheritance "A juicy mix of romance, drama and Tudor history. pure bliss for today's royal watchers."--Ladies' Home Journal "Highly compelling [with] plenty to keep readers enthralled."--Historical Novel Review Captive Queen "Should be savored. Weir wastes no time captivating her audience."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Stunning. As always, Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine's life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction."--The Denver Post The Lady Elizabeth "Intrigue and maneuverings. Scandal. Schemers and innocents put to death. [This] history of Tudor England is an engrossing story. Weir marries conjecture with what is known about the life of Elizabeth I from childhood to coronation, and it makes for ripping good reading."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "A compelling, even irresistible, read."--Booklist (starred review)"--
The children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir( Book )
20 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 1,440 libraries worldwide
Henry VIII left four heirs: his son Edward, daughters Mary and Elizabeth, and his great-niece, Jane Grey. The book covers the time between Henry VIII's death and Elizabeth I's accession
Elizabeth of York : a Tudor queen and her world by Alison Weir( Book )
10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,351 libraries worldwide
A biography of the first Tudor queen, who was the only living descendent of Yorkist King Edward IV, and mother of the infamous Henry VIII, sheds new light on the life of this enigmatic woman and mother of the Tudor dynasty
The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir( Book )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 1,350 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 Boleyn : the mistress of kings by Alison Weir( Book )
11 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,333 libraries worldwide
A biography of Mary Boleyn
Queen Isabella : treachery, adultery, and murder in medieval England by Alison Weir( Book )
15 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,275 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
Katherine of Aragon, the true queen : a novel by Alison Weir( Book )
13 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,193 libraries worldwide
"Young Katherine of Aragon, daughter of Spain's powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, was an exquisite prize in the royal marriage market. Golden-haired, sixteen years old, she was sent to England to marry the future king, Arthur, Prince of Wales. But when Arthur died a few months after their wedding, Katherine's bright future was suddenly eclipsed. It took his younger brother Henry VIII eight long years to do the honorable thing and marry her. Their union was briefly happy until Katherine failed to bear a son, and Anne Boleyn caught Henry's eye."--
Mistress of the monarchy : the life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster by Alison Weir( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 908 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
Mary Boleyn : 'the great and infamous whore' by Alison Weir( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 480 libraries worldwide
Mary Boleyn is remembered by posterity as a 'great and infamous whore'. She was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife. She may secretly have borne Henry a child and it was because of his adultery with Mary that his marriage to Anne was annulled
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Alternative Names
Alison Weir Brits historica
Alison Weir historiadora británica
Уэйр Э. 1951-
Уэйр, Элисон
أليسون وير
위어, 앨리슨
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Czech (10)
Polish (4)
Russian (4)
Hungarian (3)
Persian (2)
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