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Alison Weir - Writing a New Story
Six Tudor Queens: Writing a New Story is an introduction to the Six Tudor Queens series by eminent historian Alison Weir. The lives of Henry VIII's queens make for dramatic stories that will offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new theories that will captivate fans of Philippa Gregory and readers who lost their hearts (but not their heads) to the majestic world of Wolf Hall. In all the romancing, has anyone regarded the evidence that Anne Boleyn did not love Henry VIII? Or that Prince Arthur, Katherine of Aragon's first husband, who is said to have loved her in fact cared so little for her that he willed his personal effects to his sister? Or that Henry VIII, an over-protected child and teenager, was prudish when it came to sex? That Jane Seymour, usually portrayed as Henry's one true love, had the makings of a matriarch? There is much to reveal ...
Alison Weir - The Grandmother's Tale
The Grandmother's Tale by historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece to Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, the second spellbinding novel in the Six Tudor Queens series. I see her from time to time, and I wish I didn't, but I don't say that. Nor do I tell my guests of my awful gift, or of how I kept seeing a sword over her head . . . Thomas once called me a witch. But witches practise their craft willingly. My visions come unbidden, and I have never been able to control them. As Anne Boleyn's grandmother mourns the death of her granddaughter, she also mourns the loss of Hever as she once knew it - filled with the joy and happiness of her family. With Anne's ghost still walking the halls, Margaret remembers her life in this grand house and the mysteries and rumours that line its walls. But with everything changed for ever, how long will Hever remain her home? Features the first chapter of Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession and Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen.
Alison Weir - The Wars of the Roses
Lancaster and York. For much of the fifteenth century, these two families were locked in battle for control of the British monarchy. Kings were murdered and deposed. Armies marched on London. Old noble names were ruined while rising dynasties seized power and lands. The war between the royal House of Lancaster and York, the longest and most complex in British history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy. In The Wars of the Roses, Alison Weir reconstructs this conflict with the same dramatic flair and impeccable research that she brought to her highly praised The Princes in the Tower. The first battle erupted in 1455, but the roots of the conflict reached back to the dawn of the fifteenth century, when the corrupt, hedonistic Richard II was sadistically murdered, and Henry IV, the first Lancastrian king, seized England's throne. Both Henry IV and his son, the cold warrior Henry V, ruled England ably, if not always wisely--but Henry VI proved a disaster, both for his dynasty and his kingdom. Only nine months old when his father's sudden death made him king, Henry VI became a tormented and pathetic figure, weak, sexually inept, and prey to fits of insanity. The factional fighting that plagued his reign escalated into bloody war when Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, laid claim to the throne that was rightfully his--and backed up his claim with armed might. Alison Weir brings brilliantly to life both the war itself and the historic figures who fought it on the great stage of England. Here are the queens who changed history through their actions--the chic, unconventional Katherine of Valois, Henry V's queen; the ruthless, social-climbing Elizabeth Wydville; and, most crucially, Margaret of Anjou, a far tougher and more powerful character than her husband,, Henry VI, and a central figure in the Wars of the Roses. Here, too, are the nobles who carried the conflict down through the generations--the Beauforts, the bastard descendants of John of Gaunt, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, known to his contemporaries as "the Kingmaker"; and the Yorkist King, Edward IV, a ruthless charmer who pledged his life to cause the downfall of the House of Lancaster. The Wars of the Roses is history at its very best--swift and compelling, rich in character, pageantry, and drama, and vivid in its re-creation of an astonishing, dangerous, and often grim period of history. Alison Weir, one of the foremost authorities on the British royal family, demonstrates here that she is also one of the most dazzling stylists writing history today.
Alison Weir - Anne Boleyn
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. An unforgettable portrait of the ambitious 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. 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian 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.
Alison Weir - The Chateau of Briis: A Lesson in Love
The Chateau of Briis: A Lesson in Love by historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece to the Sunday Times bestseller Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, the second novel in the spellbinding series about Henry VIII's queens. 'May I have the pleasure of your hand in the dance, mademoiselle?' 1515 - Dressed in wine-coloured satin, with her dark hair worn loose, a young Anne Boleyn attends a great ball at the French court. The palace is exquisitely decorated for the occasion, and the hall is full with lords and ladies - the dancing has begun. Anne adores watching the game of courtly love play out before her eyes, though she is not expecting to be thrown into it herself. But moments later, a charming young man named Philippe du Moulin approaches to ask for her hand in the dance. And before she can resist, so begins Anne's first lesson in love. Includes the first chapters of Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession and Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen.
Alison Weir - The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary women. In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, Alison Weir draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports to bring these women to life. Catherine of Aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured and innocent woman naively unaware of the court intrigues that determined her fate; Catherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Catherine Parr, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time.
Alison Weir - A fogoly királyné
Alison Weir regényében a nagy birodalmak felemelkedésének korában járunk, az Anjouk és a Plantagenetek küzdelmének idején. Franciaország még Aquitániánál is kisebb, hűbérurak és vazallusok szövevényes kapcsolatai alakítják a határokat. Vajon hogyan állja meg a helyét e veszedelmes kor veszedelmes viszonyai között egy különlegesen vonzó, életszerető, ambiciózus ifjú hölgy, aki Franciaország királyának feleségeként a hatalomból is részesedik? Mi történik akkor, ha szenvedélyes nőiességében Lajos nem képes az asszony vágyait beteljesíteni? Ha az egyház el is választja első férjétől, a csodaszép Aquitániai Eleonóra Anglia leendő királya, Henrik oldalán sem élvezheti zavartalanul a szerelmet. Az uralkodó odaadó barátja, Thomas Beckett jelenléte sajátos háromszöget teremt a két férfi és a királyné között, melynek tragikus véget vet a Canterbury érsek erőszakos halála. A gyilkosság felelőssége alól Henrik, az egykori bizalmas jó barát sem vonhatja ki magát. A fogoly királyné lebilincselően izgalmas tabló egy több évtizedes királyi szerelemről, amely a történelem egyik legviharosabb évszázadában is felül tudott kerekedni a cselszövéseken és a hatalmi játszmákon. Alison Weir a történelmi regény koronázatlan királynője. Lady Elizabeth és Lady Jane című bestsellere a magyar olvasókat is meghódította.
Alison Weir - The Captive Queen
For historical fiction readers, a tantalizing new novel from New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir about the passionate and notorious French queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Renowned for her highly acclaimed and bestselling British histories, Alison Weir has in recent years made a major impact on the fiction scene with her novels about Queen Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey. In this latest offering, she imagines the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine, 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. In this novel, Weir uses her extensive knowledge to paint a most vivid portrait of this fascinating woman.
Alison Weir - Henry VIII
“WEIR’S BOOK OUTSHINES ALL PREVIOUS STUDIES OF HENRY. Beautifully written, exhaustive in its research, it is a gem... She succeeds masterfully in making Henry and his six wives... come alive for the reader.” – Philadelphia Inquirer 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. Now Alison Weir, author of the finest royal chronicles of our time, brings to vibrant life the turbulent, complex figure of the King. Packed with colorful description, meticulous in historical detail, rich in pageantry, intrigue, passion, and luxury, Weir brilliantly renders King Henry VIII, his court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards. The result is an absolutely spellbinding read.
Alison Weir - Mistress of the Monarchy
Acclaimed author Alison Weir has been prolific with her books on English royalty covering everything from the Houses of York and Lancaster to the reigns of the Tudors and beyond. Now this remarkable historian brings to life the extraordinary tale of the woman who was ancestor to them all: Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who was to become one of the most crucial figures in the history of the British royal dynasties. Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. But her story had already begun when, at just ten years old, she was appointed to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III, to help look after the Duke’s children. Widowed at twenty-one, Katherine, gifted with beauty and undeniable charms, was to become John of Gaunt’s mistress. Their years together played out against a backdrop of court life at the height of the Age of Chivalry. Katherine experienced the Hundred Years’ War, the Black Death, and the Peasants’ Revolt. She survived heartbreak and adversity, and crossed paths with many eminent figures of the day, among them her brother-in-law, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Yet as intriguing as she was to many of her contemporaries, there were those who regarded her as scandalous and dangerous. Throughout the years of their illicit union, John and Katherine were clearly devoted to each other, and in middle age, after many twists of fortune, they wed. The marriage caused far more scandal than the affair had, for it was unheard of for a royal prince to wed his mistress. Yet Katherine triumphed, and her children by John, the Beauforts, would become the 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). Drawing on rare documentation, Alison Weir paints a vivid portrait of a passionate spirit who lived one of medieval England’s greatest love stories. Mistress of the Monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time–making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her destiny. Indeed, without Katherine Swynford the course of English history, perhaps even the world, would have been very different.
Alison Weir - The Blackened Heart
The Blackened Heart by foremost and beloved historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece that bridges the first two novels in the Six Tudor Queens series, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick will delight in this mysterious tale, drawn together from fragments of history - and a good dose of speculation. Or is it...? Margery Otwell, a self-made gentleman's young daughter, gets her first taste of courtly life when she takes up a position as chamberer to Lady Peche of Lullingstone Castle. Dances, music, feasting - and a seduction - follow, and Margery learns the rules of courtly love the hard way. Saved from disgrace by the kindly Sir John Peche, Margery finds herself at court waiting on Queen Katherine. Little does Margery know that she is already a pawn in a game of power, irrevocably bound to the fall of the lady she will come to love as her mistress, Queen and friend.
Alison Weir - The Children of Henry VIII
At 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, Catherine of Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey. These are the players in a royal drama that ultimate led to Elizabeth's ascension to the throne - one of the most spectacularly successful reigns in English history.
Alison Weir - The Lady Elizabeth
England, 1536. Home to the greatest, most glittering court in English history. But beneath the dazzling façade lies treachery... Elizabeth Tudor is daughter to Henry VIII, the most powerful king 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. A pawn in the savage game of Tudor power politics, she is disinherited, declared a bastard, and left with only her quick wits to rely on for her very existence. But Elizabeth is determined to survive, to foil those who want to destroy her, or who are determined to use her as a puppet for their own lethal ambition, and to reclaim her birthright...
Alison Weir - Katherine of Aragon
The lives of Henry VIII's queens make for dramatic stories and Alison Weir will write a series of novels that offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new theories. In all the romancing, has anyone regarded the evidence that Anne Boleyn did not love Henry VIII? Or that Prince Arthur, Katherine of Aragon's first husband, who is said to have loved her in fact cared so little for her that he willed his personal effects to his sister? Or that Henry VIII, an over-protected child and teenager, was prudish when it came to sex? That Jane Seymour, usually portrayed as Henry's one true love, had the makings of a matriarch? There is much to reveal ... Alison will write about the wives in the context of their own age and of the court intrigues that surrounded these women and - without exception - wrecked their lives. She will transport readers into a lost and vivid world of splendour and brutality: a world in which love, or the game of it, dominates all.
Alison Weir - The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today
The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today by historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece to the Sunday Times bestseller Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, the second novel in the spellbinding series about Henry VIII's queens. Jo, historian and long-term admirer of Anne Boleyn, takes a group on a guided tour of the Tower of London, to walk in the shoes of her Tudor heroine. But as she becomes enthralled by the historical accuracy of her tour guide and the dramatic setting that she has come to love, something spectral is lurking in the shadows . . . Contains first chapters of Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, as well as the upcoming Six Tudor Queens novel about Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen.
Alison Weir - Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets
'This six-book series looks likely to become a landmark in historical fiction' The Times 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, draws a spellbinding portrait of Anna of Kleve, Henry VIII's fourth queen, as you've never seen her before. What secrets did Anna of Kleve hold? A German princess, with whose portrait a king has fallen in love. A young woman who has none of the accomplishments he admires in women. A young woman who lives with a guilty secret. Anna awaits her bridegroom. She prays that she will please him. She knows she is no beauty... It is the most disastrous of beginnings. And now it is her wedding night, and she is tense with fear. They think, these English, that she is ignorant and naïve. They do not know her, or that she is aware of what is going on behind her back. Will it be divorce - or the headsman's sword? ANNA OF KLEVE - the fourth of Henry's queens. Alison Weir reveals a charming, spirited woman loved by all who knew her - and even, ultimately, by the King who rejected her. But her story does not end there. '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
Alison Weir - A Dangerous Inheritance
In this engrossing novel of historical suspense, New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir tells the dramatic intertwined stories of two women—Katherine Grey and Kate Plantagenet—separated by time but linked by twin destinies . . . . involving the mysterious tragic fate of the young Princes in the Tower. When her older sister, Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days Queen, is imprisoned and executed in 1553 for unlawfully accepting the English crown, Lady Katherine Grey’s world falls apart. Barely recovered from this tragic loss she risks all for love, only to incur the wrath of her formidable cousin Queen Elizabeth I, who sees Katherine as a rival for her insecure throne. Interlaced with Katherine’s story is that of her distant kinswoman Kate Plantagenet, the bastard daughter of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king. In 1483, Kate travels to London for Richard’s coronation, and her world changes forever. Kate loves her father, but before long she hears terrible rumors about him that threaten all she holds dear. Like Katherine Grey, she falls in love with a man who is forbidden to her. Then Kate embarks on what will become a perilous quest, covertly seeking the truth about what befell her cousins the Princes in the Tower, who may have been victims of Richard III’s lust for power. But time is not on Kate’s side, or on Katherine’s. Katherine finds herself a prisoner in the Tower of London, the sinister fortress that overshadowed the lives of so many royal figures, including the boy princes. Will Elizabeth demand the full penalty for treason? And what secrets will Katherine find hidden within the Tower walls? Alison Weir’s new novel is a page-turning story set within a framework of fascinating historical authenticity. In this rich and layered tapestry, Katherine and Kate discover that possessing royal blood can prove to be a dangerous inheritance.
Alison Weir - Aragóniai Katalin
Aragóniai Katalin, VIII. Henrik legendás első felesége. Spanyol hercegnő. Szerénynek, engedelmesnek és vallásosnak nevelték. Angol királynénak szánták. Hat hét távolságra a hazájától a szeszélyes tengeren és minden más: a nyelv, az étel, az időjárás. Katalin számára egyikben sincs öröm. Tizenhat évesen egyedül találja magát, csupa idegen között. Hiányzik az édesanyja. Elveszett fivérét gyászolja. Még azokban sem bízhat, akiket megbíztak a védelmével. ARAGÓNIAI KATALIN VIII. Henrik első királynéja. Ez az ő története. A történelem elmondja, hogyan halt meg. Ez a lenyűgöző regény bemutatja, hogyan élt. HAT TUDOR KIRÁLYNŐ. HAT REGÉNY. HAT ÉV. Philippa Gregory és a Tudorok rajongóinak kötelező olvasmány. Aragóniai Katalin: Az igazi királynő - az első kötet a VIII. Henrik feleségeiről szóló, hatkötetes regénysorozatból, a világhírű történész és bestseller szerző tollából. Alison Weir elmélyült utazásra invitál Katalinnal, bemutatja kivételesen erős jellemét, és intelligenciáját, feltárja magánélete titkait. "Szétzúzza a mítoszokat VIII. Henrik jámbor első feleségéről." Tracy Borman
Alison Weir - Mary Boleyn
New York Times bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Mary Boleyn, sister to Queen Anne as well as mistress to Anne’s husband, Henry VIII—and one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age. Making use of extensive original research, Weir shares revelations on the ambitious Boleyn family and the likely nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. Unraveling the truth about Mary’s much-vaunted notoriety at the French court and her relations with King François I, Weir also explores Mary’s role at the English court and how she became Henry VIII’s lover. She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates the truth behind Mary’s notorious reputation. With new and compelling evidence, Weir presents the most conclusive answer to date on the paternity of Mary’s children, long speculated to have been Henry VIII’s progeny. Alison Weir pieces together a life steeped in mystery and misfortune, debunking centuries-old myths to give us the truth about Mary Boleyn, the so-called “great and infamous whore.”
Alison Weir - Jane Seymour
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 FACE OF HER PREDECESSOR. Eleven days after the death of Anne Boleyn, Jane is dressing for her wedding to the King. She has witnessed at first hand how courtly play can quickly turn to danger and knows she must bear a son . . . or face ruin. This new queen must therefore step out from the shadows cast by Katherine and Anne - 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.
Alison Weir - Boleyn Anna
Egy fiatal nő, aki megváltoztatta a történelem menetét. A francia paloták világából hirtelen az angol királyi udvarba csöppent Anna azonnal az érdeklődés középpontjába kerül, és gyorsan felveszi az udvar szerelmi játékainak a fonalát. De ahol a király parancsol, ott semmi sem játék. Anna szelleme felér a koronával, és nem kevesebb, mint maga a korona az, amire Anna vágyik. Bármi áron. BOLEYN ANNA. VIII. Henrik második királynéja. Ez az ő története. A történelem elmondja, hogyan halt meg. Ez az elsöprő erejű regény bemutatja, hogyan élt. HAT TUDOR KIRÁLYNÉ. HAT REGÉNY. HAT ÉV. Philippa Gregory és a Tudorok rajongóinak kötelező olvasmány. Boleyn Anna: Egy király rögeszméje - a második kötet a VIII. Henrik feleségeiről szóló, hatkötetes regénysorozatból, a világhírű történész és bestseller szerző tollából. Alison Weir elmélyült utazásra invitál Annával, bemutatja motivációit és hatását, küzdelmét a koronáért, majd később saját, és leánya életéért.
Alison Weir - Britain's Royal Families
Britain’s Royal Families is a unique reference book, offering complete genealogical details in one volume describing all the members of the royal houses of England, Scotland, and Great Britain, from 800 AD to the present. Look no further for vital information relating to each monarch, and to every member of their immediate family, from parents to grandchildren. When documents (which would have thrown the whole royal succession into question) describing George III’s secret marriage to Quakeress, Hannah Lightfoot, were seized in 1866 by the Attorney General, then-current learned opinion believed they were genuine. But they were placed into the Royal Archives at Windsor, and as late as 1910 the palace refused a would-be author who asked to see them. This is just one fascinating story of many in this delightful book. Drawing on countless authorities, both ancient and contemporary, Alison Weir explores the royal family tree in unparalleled depth, tracing the heritage of today’s royal family.
Alison Weir - Lady Jane
Nagy-Britannia történelmi időket él... A Tudorok legbátrabb, legvonzóbb és leginkább megalázott hősnője, Lady Jane Grey veszedelmes korban született. A kislány hatalomvágytól fűtött apja számára tökéletes fegyver a hatalmi harcok színterén, míg anyja könyörtelenül irányítja a trón felé. Jane vallásháborúk és végzetes politikai játszmák között érik fiatal nővé. VIII. Henrik rokonaként sosem tudja levetkőzni a dinasztia múltját és bélyegét, és bár uralkodóként csupán pár pillanat adatott neki a történelem színpadán, személyes sorsa végtelenül megható és lélekemelő történet. Ereje, esze és őszintesége, példátlan önfeláldozása egy vérgőzös korszak kivételes személyiségéve avatták, akinek regényes életrajza valódi iroldalmi csemege. Alison Weir a történelmi regények koronázatlan királynője. Lady Elizabeth című bestsellere nemrég a magyar olvasókat is meghódította.
Alison Weir - Elizabeth the Queen
In her highly praised The Six Wives of Henry VIII and its sequel, Children of England, Alison Weir examined the private lives of the early Tudor kings and queens, and chronicled the childhood and youth of Elizabeth I. This book begins as the young Elizabeth ascends the throne in the wake of her sister Mary’s disastrous reign. Elizabeth is portrayed as both a woman and a queen, an extraordinary phenomenon in a patriarchal age. Alison Weir writes of Elizabeth’s intriguing, long-standing affair with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester; of her dealings — sometimes comical, sometimes poignant — with her many suitors; of her rivalry with Mary, Queen of Scots; and of her bizarre relationship with the Earl of Essex, thirty years her junior. Rich in detail, vivid and colourful, this book comes as close as we shall ever get to knowing what Elizabeth I was like as a person.
Alison Weir - Lady Elizabeth
A leánygyermek 1533-ban született a reneszánsz kor fényűző greenwichi Placentia Palotájában. Rajongott gyönyörű anyjáért és a fejüket vesztett feleségeiről is híres, fenséges apjáért. A leány törvénytelen gyermekként pompás kastélyokban nevelkedett, mesterektől sajátította el a tudományokat, nyelveket, udvari mulatságokon táncolt és lantján játszott. Különleges eszének, határozott, erős jellemének híre bejárta egész Angliát. Sugárzó megjelenése olyan csodálatot ébresztett a férfiakban, hogy vonzó alakja sokáig kísérthesse még őket, s lángolóan vörös haját is csak nehezen feledhessék. Ifjú korára szenvedélyesen izzó nővé virágzott, akinek kalandos életútjában szűzies titkaira is fény derül. Egy rejtélyes, protestáns úrnővé, aki szembenéz a királyi udvar intrikáival, a felségárulás vádjával, megvívja csatáit a testi vágyakkal, és szellemei segítségével leszámol félelmeivel, hogy diadalmaskodjon mindenek felett. A történész végzettségű, a korszakot behatóan ismerő írónő sikerkönyve megjelenése után azonnal listavezető lett, azóta pedig országról-országra hódítja meg az olvasók eszék és szívét.
Alison Weir - The Lady in the Tower
Rejecting as myth that Henry VIII, desirous of a son and a new queen, asked his principal adviser Thomas Cromwell to find criminal grounds for executing Anne Boleyn, the prolific British historian Weir (The Six Wives of Henry VIII) concludes that Cromwell himself, seeing Anne as a political rival, instigated one of the most astonishing and brutal coups in English history, skillfully framing her and destroying her faction. Ably weighing the reliability of contemporary sources and theories of other historians, Weir also claims that though perhaps sexually experienced, Anne was technically a virgin before sleeping with Henry. Anne was also, Weir posits, a passionate radical evangelical, with considerable influence over Henry regarding Church reform. Weir wonders if Anne's childbearing history points to her being Rh negative and thus incapable of bearing a second living child. Dissecting four of the most momentous months in world history and providing an eminently judicious, thorough and absorbing popular history, Weir nimbly sifts through a mountain of historical research, allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about Henry's doomed second queen. 15 pages of color photos.
Alison Weir - Innocent Traitor
Alison Weir, our pre-eminent popular historian, has now fulfilled a life's ambition to write historical fiction. She has chosen as her subject the bravest, most sympathetic and most wronged woman of Tudor England, Lady Jane Grey. 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 carries the enthralled reader through all the vicious twists of Tudor power politics, to her nine-day reign and its unbearably poignant conclusion. Alison Weir states: 'Lady Jane Grey's story is compelling and shocking. She was a young girl of royal blood who was used by greedy and unscrupulous men to satisfy their own ambitions. Having been the victim of abuse in childhood, she was sold into an unhappy marriage and forced to accept a crown she did not want, then tragically paid the price of her so-called treason.' 'After publishing nine history books, writing this novel filled me with a heady sense of freedom. No longer was I tied to sources and to the strict discipline of historical interpretation, but I could give my imagination free reign. Thus it was wonderful to be creative, and even provocative, at the same time as being historically accurate to a degree.'
Alison Weir - Arthur
Arthur: Prince of the Roses by bestselling historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece to her stunning novel, Katherine of Aragon, the first in a spellbinding six-novel series about Henry VIII's Queens. Fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick will love this insight into the story of this ill-fated Tudor prince. 'You are the first prince of my line, the Tudor line.' Arthur, the first Tudor prince, is raised to believe that he will inherit a kingdom destined to be his through an ancient royal bloodline. He is the second Arthur, named for the legendary hero-king of Camelot. To be a worthy ruler, he must excel at everything - and show no weakness. But Arthur is not strong, and the hopes of England weigh heavy on his slight shoulders. And, all the while, his little brother Harry, the favoured, golden son, is waiting in the wings.
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