The Plantagenet queens of England played a role in some of the most dramatic events in our history. Crusading queens, queens in rebellion against their king, queen seductresses, learned queens, queens in battle, queens who enlivened England with the romantic culture of southern Europe - these determined women often broke through medieval constraints to exercise power and influence, for good and sometimes for ill. Alison Weir''s ground-breaking history of the queens of medieval England now moves into a period of even higher drama, from 1154 to 1291: years of chivalry, dynastic ambition, conflict with the church, baronial wars, and the all-pervading bonds of feudalism. We see events such as the murder of Becket, Magna Carta and the birth of parliaments from a new perspective. Her narrative begins with the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine, whose marriage to Henry II establishes a dynasty which rules for over three hundred years and creates the most powerful empire in western Christendom - but also sows the seeds for some of the most destructive family conflicts in history and for the collapse, under her son King John, of England''s power in Europe. The lives of Eleanor''s successors were just as remarkable: Berengaria of Navarre, queen of Richard the Lionheart, Isabella of Angouleme, queen of John, and Alienor of Provence, queen of Henry III, and finally Eleanor of Castile, the grasping but beloved wife of Edward I. Through the story of these first five Plantagenet queens, Alison Weir provides an enthralling new perspective on a dramatic period of high romance and sometimes low politics, with determined women at its heart.
Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth-bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 3 million books worldwide. She has published eighteen history books, including her most recent non-fiction book, Queens of the Conquest , the first in her England's Medieval Queens quartet. Alison has also published several historical novels, including Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth . Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen is Alison Weir's tenth published novel and the fifth in the Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of Henry VIII, which was launched in 2016 to great critical acclaim. All four books in the series are Sunday Times bestsellers. Alison is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.
'This six-book series looks likely to become a landmark in historical fiction' The Times Alison Weir, historian and author of the Sunday Times- bestselling Six Tudor Queen s series, relates one of the most tragic stories in English history: Katheryn Howard, Henry VIII's fifth queen. A naive girl, thrust forward by her ambitious family. A pretty girl, who has captured the heart of the King. Katheryn sings, she dances, she delights in the pleasures of being queen. The King tells the world she is his rose without a thorn. But this young woman has a past of which Henry knows nothing. It comes back increasingly to haunt her, even as she courts danger yet again. For those who gather roses must beware of the thorns. PRAISE FOR THE SIX TUDOR QUEENS SERIES: 'Alison Weir makes history come alive as no one else - Barbara Erskine 'Well researched and engrossing' Good Housekeeping 'Meticulous research is magically transformed into a riveting narrative . . . It's what Alison Weir does better than anybody - and what historical fiction was created to do' Sarah Gristwood 'Hugely enjoyable . . . Alison Weir knows her subject and has a knack for the telling and textural detail' Daily Mail
'Alison Weir transforms Henry VIII's much-maligned fourth wife into a woman of passion, courage and mystery' Tracy Borman Alison Weir, historian and author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen , Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession and Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen , paints a spellbinding portrait of Anna of Kleve, Henry VIII's fourth queen. 'This six-book series looks likely to become a landmark in historical fiction' The Times A GERMAN PRINCESS WITH A GUILTY SECRET. The King is in love with Anna's portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance. But Anna's past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall. Everyone knows the King won't stand for a problem queen. ANNA OF KLEVE THE FOURTH OF HENRY'S QUEENS HER STORY Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on new evidence to conjure a startling image of Anna as you've never seen her before. A charming, spirited woman, she was loved by all who knew her - and even, ultimately, by the King who rejected her. History tells us she was never crowned. But her story does not end there. SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS. 'Alison Weir makes history come alive as no one else' Barbara Erskine 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian
Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by historian Alison Weir, author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession , is the third enthralling novel in the Six Tudor Queens series. A fascinating look at Henry VIII's third wife. Essential reading for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick. 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian THE WOMAN HAUNTED BY THE FATE OF HER PREDECESSOR Eleven days after the death of Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour is to marry the King. She has witnessed the danger and deceit that lie behind courtly play, and knows she must bear a son . . . or face ruin. Queen Jane must step out of the shadows cast by Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, but, in doing so, can she expose a gentler side to the brutal King? JANE SEYMOUR THE THIRD OF HENRY'S QUEENS HER STORY Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on new research for her captivating novel, which paints a compelling portrait of Jane and casts fresh light on both traditional and modern perceptions of her. Jane was driven by the strength of her faith and a belief that she might do some good in a wicked world. History tells us how she died. This spellbinding novel explores the life she lived. SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS.
*A Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller* Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by bestselling historian Alison Weir, author of The Lost Tudor Princess , is the first in a spellbinding six novel series about Henry VIII's Queens. Alison takes you on an engrossing journey at Katherine's side and shows her extraordinary strength of character and intelligence. Ideal for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick. 'Shatters the many myths about Henry VIII's long-suffering first wife' Tracy Borman 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian A Spanish princess. Raised to be modest, obedient and devout. Destined to be an English Queen. Six weeks from home across treacherous seas, everything is different: the language, the food, the weather. And for her there is no comfort in any of it. At sixteen-years-old, Catalina is alone among strangers. She misses her mother. She mourns her lost brother. She cannot trust even those assigned to her protection. KATHERINE OF ARAGON. The first of Henry's Queens. Her story. History tells us how she died. This captivating novel shows us how she lived. SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS. Praise for Alison Weir and Katherine of Aragon : 'A tender understanding of and genuine sympathy for this proud, much-loved and honourable Queen. . . I was gripped [from] start to finish ' Mavis Cheek 'Well-researched and engrossing' Good Housekeeping 'Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence , to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating historical figure. Yet her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive ' Earl Spencer 'This exquisite book charts the rise and fall of Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine. . . A fascinating insight into this period of our history. Weir's undeniable strength is her immaculate description , enabling the reader to be transported back to Tudor England' Sun ' Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen is a true tour de force . Finely crafted, this novel is wonderful historical fiction and an outstanding introduction to the Six Tudor Queens series' Queen Anne Boleyn Blog 'Known for bestselling historical biographies, Alison Weir is in command of her detail . . . her handling of Katherine's misery and dignified response to her predicament is very touching' Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail
Presents a portrait of the dramatic last days of one of the most influential and important figures in English history, Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian Anne Boleyn : A King's Obsession by bestselling historian Alison Weir, author of Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen , is the second captivating novel in the Six Tudor Queens series. A n unforgettable portrait of the am bitious woman whose fate we know all too well, but whose true motivations may surprise you. Essential reading for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick. 'Offers a spellbinding solution to the mystery of Anne's true nature . . . Enthralling' Sarah Gristwood The young woman who changed the course of history. Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game. Anne has a spirit worthy of a crown - and the crown is what she seeks. At any price. ANNE BOLEYN. The second of Henry's Queens. Her story. History tells us why she died. This powerful novel shows her as she lived. SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS.
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.
Presents genealogical details of members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain - from 800AD to the present. This title contains the biographical information relating to various monarchs as well as to various members of their immediate family, from parents to grandchildren. It explores the royal family tree.
Bestselling historian Alison Weir brings all her knowledge of Elizabeth I to vivid life in a novel of intrigue, sex, plots, mysteries and tragedies, amid all the colour and pageantry of the Tudor court.
Their affair is the scandal of Europe. Queen Elizabeth presents herself as the Virgin Queen but cannot resist her dashing but married Master of Horse, Lord Robert Dudley. Many believe them to be lovers, and there are scurrilous rumours that Elizabeth is no virgin at all.
The formidable young Queen is regarded by most of Christendom as a bastard, a heretic and a usurper, yet many princes covet Tudor England and seek her hand in marriage. Under mounting pressure to take a husband, Elizabeth encourages their advances without ever committing; a delicate, politically-fraught balancing act which becomes known as 'The Marriage Game'.
But treading this dangerous line with Robert Dudley, the son and grandson of traitors, could cost her the throne.
Played out amidst the splendour of the Tudor court and the most famous events of a great age, THE MARRIAGE GAME is a dramatic, complex and deeply poignant tale of intrigue, love and loss. At its heart is our greatest Queen and the emotional truth of one of history's most extraordinary love affairs.
« Ma petite, il n'existe pas de douce manière de t'annoncer cela... mais ta mère a commis un crime de lèse-majesté contre le roi notre père, et elle en a subi les conséquences. Elle a été exécutée.»Elizabeth Tudor est la fille de Henri VIII, le roi le plus puissant que l'Angleterre ait connu. Elle est destinée à monter sur le trône en tant qu'héritière de la Couronne, mais son avenir est menacé quand sa mère, Anne Boleyn -celle qui a déchaîné la passion du roi- est exécutée pour haute trahison.Dès lors, le destin d'Elizabethbascule. Déclarée illégitime et écartée de la succession, elle ne peut plus compter que sur sa grande intelligence pour survivre. Néanmoins, elle ne perd pas espoir et déjoue les plans de ses ennemis, qui voudraient la voir périr ou qui espèrent se servir d'elle pour assouvir leur propre ambition et réclamer ce qui lui revient de droit...«Lady Elizabeth nous entraîne dans un tableau très réaliste et effrayant du xvie siècle... Elizabeth pourra-t-elle survivre? La réponse est évidemment connue, mais ce roman est si palpitant que l'issue historique en devient incroyable.» Daily Express«Cette Elizabeth est toute en nuances et pleine de charme: un point de vue rafraîchissant et un regard plaisant sur la vie trop peu explorée d'un des personnages les plus fascinants de l'histoire de l'Angleterre.» Publishers Weekly
Two women separated by time are linked by the most famous murder mystery in history, the Princes in the Tower. Lady Katherine Grey has already suffered more than her fair share of tragedy. Newly pregnant, she has incurred the wrath of her formidable cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who sees her as a rival to her insecure throne.
Le livre d'Alison Weir s'adresse à tous ceux que passionne l'histoire médiévale de l'Europe, il présente l'intérêt de conjuguer les qualités descriptives et rythmiques d'un roman à la rigueur d'un essai historique. Auteur de nombreuses biographies portant sur cette période, Alison Weir fait revivre ici l'attachante Aliénor d'Aquitaine, personnalité qui joua un rôle déterminant dans la politique du XIIe siècle. Deux fois reine, elle fut l'épouse de Louis VII, roi de France, puis celle d'Henri II, roi d'Angleterre ; Aliénor fut aussi la mère de Richard Coeur de Lion. L'auteur retrace sa vie, en étoffant son récit d'une foule d'anecdotes et de détails d'arrière-plan, tous révélateurs d'une époque mêlant magnificence, intrigues et violence. Alison Weir conduit une analyse très documentée, faisant appel aux sources les plus anciennes - celles qui ont forgé la légende d'Aliénor -, comme aux travaux les plus récents.
L'ouvrage qui en résulte est à la fois vivant et animé d'une réflexion profonde.
'This six-book series looks likely to become a landmark in historical fiction' The Times Alison Weir, historian and author of the Sunday Times- bestselling Six Tudor Queen s series, recounts the story of Henry VIII's last wife - Katharine Parr, the queen who survived him. Two husbands dead, a boy and a sick man. And now Katharine is in love for the first time in her life. The ageing King's eye falls upon her. She cannot refuse him. She must never betray that she wanted another. And now Katharine is the sixth wife - a queen and a nurse. The tragic parade of women who went before her haunt her dreams. She cherishes a secret faith that could see her burn. And yet the King loves and trusts her. But her enemies are closing in... Katharine Parr. The last of Henry's queens. Her story. Alison Weir unveils the extraordinary life of a woman forced into a dangerous union and rising heroically to the challenge. But those Katharine trusts most are the ones she should fear. PRAISE FOR THE SIX TUDOR QUEENS SERIES: 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian 'Alison Weir makes history come alive as no one else' Barbara Erskine 'Well researched and engrossing' Good Housekeeping 'Utterly gripping and endlessly surprising' Tracy Borman 'Hugely enjoyable . . . Alison Weir knows her subject and has a knack for the telling and textural detail' Daily Mail
Presents a full-length biography of Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history - that aims to change the way we think of her and her world, for ever. She was popularly known as the 'She-Wolf of France'.
Elizabeth Tudor is daughter to Henry VIII, the most powerful king that England has ever known. She is destined to ascend the throne, and deferred to as the King's heiress, but that all changes when her mother Anne Boleyn - Henry's great passion and folly - is executed for treason. Elizabeth 's life alters in a heartbeat.
Katherine Synford was the wife, of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster. This book highlights her key dynastic position within the English monarchy. She was the mother of the Beaufort, then the ancestress of the Yorkist kings, the Tudors, the Stuarts and every other sovereign since - a prodigious legacy that has shaped the history of Britain.
It is the year 1152, and a beautiful woman rides through France, fleeing her crown, her two young daughters and a shattered marriage. Her husband, Louis of France has been more monk than monarch, and certainly not a lover. Now Eleanor of Aquitaine has one sole purpose.
* 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.
* It is not hard to see how this tangled web of relationships has given rise to rumours and misconceptions that have been embroidered over the centuries.
* In this, the first full-scale biography of Mary Boleyn, Alison Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds her subject and uncovers the facts about one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age.
* Her extensive, forensic research has facilitated a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore or the 'hackney' whom the King of France famously boasted of riding.
* Weir also presents compelling new evidence that almost conclusively determines the paternity of Mary's two oldest children.
* In this astonishing and riveting book, Alison Weir shows that Mary's story had a happy ending and that she was by far the luckiest of the Boleyns.
Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by bestselling historian Alison Weir, author of The Lost Tudor Princess, is the first in a spellbinding six novel series about Henry VIII's Queens. Alison takes you on an engrossing journey at Katherine's side and shows her extraordinary strength of character and intelligence. Ideal for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick. 'Shatters the many myths about Henry VIII's long-suffering first wife' - Tracy Borman A Spanish princess. Raised to be modest, obedient and devout. Destined to be an English Queen. Six weeks from home across treacherous seas, everything is different: the language, the food, the weather. And for her there is no comfort in any of it. At sixteen years-old, Catalina is alone among strangers. She misses her mother. She mourns her lost brother. She cannot trust even those assigned to her protection. KATHERINE OF ARAGON. The first of Henry's Queens. Her story. Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir has based her enthralling account of Henry VIII's first wife on extensive research and new theories. She reveals a strong, spirited woman determined to fight for her rights and the rightful place of her daughter. A woman who believed that to be the wife of a King was her destiny. History tells us how she died. This captivating novel shows us how she lived.