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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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ELIZABETH OF YORK by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Admitting that she was not a dynamic figure, Weir portrays Elizabeth as a passive observer or victim and often ignores her entirely as she delivers an intensely researched, opinionated, almost blow-by-blow political history of Britain during the turbulent last half of the 15th century."
Prolific, best-selling author Weir (Mary Boleyn: Mistress of Kings, 2011, etc.), who specializes in female royalty, presents another popular biography, a serious work definitely not aimed at a bodice-ripper audience. Read full book review >

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THE LADY IN THE TOWER by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Weir knows her subject and lends her seemingly inexhaustible interest."
Is there a facet to Henry VIII and his wives that novelist and biographer Weir (Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, 2009, etc.) hasn't yet brought to light? Read full book review >