Alison Weir

If only they would all just leave me alone with my books and my letters, I would be content to let life, and the world pass me by.

Alison Weir

Biography

Date of birth: 1937

Before becoming a published author in 1989, Alison Weir was a civil servant, then a housewife and mother. From 1991 to 1997, whilst researching and writing books, she ran her own school for children with learning difficulties, before taking up writing full-time.

During the early 1970s, she wrote historical novels and the original version of her second published book, The Six Wives of Henry VIII - 1,024 pages long, and single-spaced - and had it rejected on the grounds that there was a world paper shortage! She also researched the lives of all the medieval Queens of England, research she has since drawn on for several of her books, and for Eleanor of Aquitaine in particular.

As a non-fiction author, she writes 'popular' history, about which she says:

The term has sometimes been used in a derogatory sense by a few people who should know better, because all historians use much the same sources. History is not the sole preserve of academics, although I have the utmost respect for those historians who undertake new research and contribute something new to our knowledge. History belongs to us all, and it can be accessed by us all. And if writing it in a way that is accessible and entertaining, as well as conscientiously researched, can be described as popular, then, yes, I am a popular historian, and am happy to be one.

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Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York

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Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. The eldest daughter of Edward IV, at seventeen she was relegated from pampered princess to bastard fugitive, but the probable murders of her brothers, the Princes...
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A Dangerous Inheritance

A Dangerous Inheritance (Paperback)

by Alison Weir

Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 18/07/2013
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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... Read more

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The Captive Queen

The Captive Queen (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 08/01/2011
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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,... Read more

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Innocent Traitor

Innocent Traitor (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 07/06/2007
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Alison Weir, our pre-eminent popular historian, has now fulfilled a life's ambition to write historical fiction. She has chosen as her subject... Read more

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Paperback)

by Alison Weir

Format: Paperback 656 pages
Published: 22/11/2007
Publisher: Vintage

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One of the most powerful monarchs in British history, Henry VIII ruled England in unprecedented splendour. In this remarkable composite biography,... Read more

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Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England

Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England (Paperback)

by Alison Weir

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 10/01/2008
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Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages and also one of the most controversial. She was beautiful,... Read more

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Richard III and the Princes in the Tower

Richard III and the Princes in the Tower (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 05/06/2008
Publisher: Vintage

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The story of the death, in sinister circumstances, of the boy-king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, is one of the most... Read more

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Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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Katherine Swynford was first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster. Her charismatic lover was one of the most... Read more

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The Lady Elizabeth

The Lady Elizabeth (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 04/06/2009
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England, 1536. Home to the greatest, most glittering court in English history. But beneath the dazzling facade lies treachery ...Elizabeth Tudor is... Read more

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Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy

Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 18/12/2008
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'George III is alleged to have married secretly, on 17th April, 1759, a Quakeress called Hannah Lightfoot, daughter of a Wapping shoemaker, who... Read more

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Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses

Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses (Paperback)

by Alison Weir

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 02/07/2009
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The war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England was characterised by treachery, deceit and - at St Albans, Blore Hill and... Read more

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Children of England: The Heirs of King Henry VIII 1547-1558

Children of England: The Heirs of King Henry VIII 1547-1558 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 02/10/2008
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When Henry VIII died in 1547, he left three highly intelligent children to succeed him in turn, to be followed, if their lines failed, by the... Read more

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Elizabeth, The Queen

Elizabeth, The Queen (Paperback)

by Alison Weir

Format: Paperback 544 pages
Published: 01/01/2009
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In her highly praised "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and its sequel, "Children of England", Alison Weir examined the private... Read more

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Henry VIII: King and Court

Henry VIII: King and Court (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 656 pages
Published: 18/09/2008
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This magnificent biography of Henry VIII is set against the cultural, social and political background of his court - the most spectacular court ever... Read more

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Mary Queen of Scots: And the Murder of Lord Darnley

Mary Queen of Scots: And the Murder of Lord Darnley (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 640 pages
Published: 03/07/2008
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On the night of 10 February 1567, an explosion devastated the Edinburgh residence of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of... Read more

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Isabella: She-wolf of France, Queen of England (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 06/07/2006
Publisher: Pimlico

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In Newgate Street, in the city of London, once stood the magnificent church of a Franciscan monastery. Entirely paved with marble, this royal... Read more


The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series)

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series) (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 544 pages
Published: 03/06/2010
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On 2 May, 1536, in an act unprecedented in English history, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, was imprisoned in the Tower of London. On 15... Read more

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The Ring and the Crown: A History of Royal Weddings 1066-2011

The Ring and the Crown: A History of Royal Weddings 1066-2011 (Hardback)

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Format: Hardback 192 pages
Published: 31/03/2011
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The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain's top historical biographers to look... Read more

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Mary Boleyn: 'The Great and Infamous Whore' (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 20/09/2012
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Sister to Anne Boleyn and seduced by two kings, Mary Boleyn has long been the subject of scandal and myth. Her affair with Henry VIII fuelled the... Read more

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