Search Results: "Alison Weir"


BOOK REVIEW

ANNE BOLEYN, A KING'S OBSESSION by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"A richly detailed rendering of the familiar Tudor drama."
A notorious Tudor queen is sympathetically imagined. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF ELIZABETH I by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role."
Acclaimed Tudor biographer Weir paints a vast canvas but maintains a sharp focus on Elizabeth's charismatic character and her reactions to people and events around her. Read full book review >

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ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"An impeccably researched but pro forma historical biography that comes truly alive only in the vibrantly biased quotations from contemporary sources. (16 pages b&w photos)"
It's hard to make the 12th century—the time of the violent forging of European nationhood, the literary invention of courtly love, and names like Dangerosa and the Lord of Cognac—boring, but biographer/genealogist Weir (The Life of Elizabeth I, 1998) gives it the old Oxford try. Read full book review >

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THE MARRIAGE GAME by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"It's hard to be sympathetic for 400 pages of temper tantrums."
A superficial sweep of the first 30 years of Elizabeth I's reign, with a focus on her relentless manipulation of marriage as a personal and political tool. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN OF HENRY VIII by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, Weir succeeds not only in bringing to life Henry VIII's heirs but also in illuminating the background to the aftermath of their turbulent years—the Elizabethan era. (12 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This fascinating tale of murder, jealousy, religious fanaticism, and political scandal among 16th-century British royals makes the modern dysfunctional royal family appear quaint by comparison. Read full book review >

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THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1992

Weir (the genealogical Britain's Royal Family—not reviewed) here uses the many public records and personal letters of the early 1500's to offer a comprehensive, factual version of the tempestuous private and public lives of Henry VIII and his six wives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Did Richard III do in or merely discourage—' ‘suppressed,' mark you, not murdered'—his youngster kin? Read on."
A curiously structured historical whodunit by Tudor doyenne Weir (Henry VIII, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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KATHERINE OF ARAGON, THE TRUE QUEEN by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"A vividly detailed rendering of a well-known tragedy."
The familiar travails of Henry VIII's beleaguered first wife. Read full book review >

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HENRY VIII by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Thoroughly researched and entertaining, filled with delicious details for general readers and provocative argument for students of the period."
A detailed journey through the court and life of Henry VIII. Read full book review >

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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, AND THE MURDER OF LORD DARNLEY by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2003

"Strictly for those who like their murder mysteries ancient and peopled by aristocrats."
Entertaining royal historian Weir (Henry VIII: The King and His Court, 2002, etc.) falters with a dull attempt to discover who ordered the death of Mary Stuart's husband in 1567. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A fascinating historical whodunit in which truth is more sordid than fiction. (Eight pages of b&w photographs)"
The methods of a Mafia boss characterized the career of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who in the 15th century briefly ruled England as Richard III. Read full book review >

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INNOCENT TRAITOR by Alison Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"An affecting portrayal."
Weir's erudition in matters royal finds fictional expression in the story of England's briefest reigning sovereign, Lady Jane Grey. Read full book review >