Search Results: "Alison Weir"


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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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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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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 >

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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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THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"An abundantly detailed history from an author steeped in England's past."
Another story of the relentless striving for power of 16th-century England. Read full book review >

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THE WARS OF THE ROSES by Alison Weir
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 1995

"A complicated story brilliantly told, but with few concessions to the general reader. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A highly detailed narrative of 15th-century England's complex dynastic struggles, from their origins in the reign of Edward III to the murder of Henry VI in 1471. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"Quite beguiling—but not for the genealogically challenged."
Accomplished royal biographer Weir (Queen Isabella, 2005, etc.) delves into a touching medieval love story. 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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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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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 >

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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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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 >