| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2016-05-31 Description : Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII’s wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s first, devoted, and “true” queen.<br />  <br /> A princess of Spain, Catalina is only sixteen years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage—and Arthur, Prince of Wales, and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII. She must wait for his coming-of-age, an ordeal that tests her resolve, casts doubt on her trusted confidantes, and turns her into a virtual prisoner.<br />  <br /> Katherine’s patience is rewarded when she becomes Queen of England. The affection between Katherine and Henry is genuine, but forces beyond her control threaten to rend her marriage, and indeed the nation, apart. Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine’s maid of honor, Anne Boleyn. Now Katherine must be prepared to fight, to the end if God wills it, for her faith, her legitimacy, and her heart.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen</i></b><br /> <b> <br /></b>“Alison Weir starts off her fictional series about the wives of Henry VIII with a nuanced portrayal of Katherine of Aragon.”<b>—<i>The Christian Science Monitor</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life.”<b><i>—The Guardian</i></b><br /><br /> “As always, Weir demonstrates a keen eye for crafting dramatic scenes of beautiful, accurate detail, instilling in the reader a vivid sense of being there. . . . If this greatly impressive inaugural installment is any indication, Tudor lovers have much to look forward to.”<b>—<i>Booklist </i>(starred review)</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> “Vividly detailed . . . Weir brings considerable expertise to her fictional retelling of the life of Katherine of Aragon. . . . [The author] portrays her sympathetically as both credulous and steely.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “An illuminating and engaging portrait of ‘the true queen.’”<b>—<i>Historical Novels Review</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “[Weir’s] fresh approach to Henry’s first wife [is] a wonderful place to start for those unfamiliar with Katherine’s story. Weir’s portrayal is far from that of a weak, victimized woman, but one of a courageous, strong, devoted queen fighting for her life and rights. An easy, quick read to begin the series.”<b>—<i>RT Book Reviews</i></b><br /><br />“In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII’s long-suffering first wife. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall.”<b>—Tracy Borman, author of <i>Thomas Cromwell</i></b><br />  <br /> “Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating figure. But her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive.”<b>—Charles Spencer, author of <i>Killers of the King</i></b>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Europe Books History Biographies & Memoirs Price : $11.99 Release Date : 1995-07-04 Description : 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Europe Price : $13.99 Release Date : 1998-08-18 Description : <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one--not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on this enigmatic figure.<br /><br />Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character. Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife? She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons? She never married—was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn? An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly intimate portrait, <i>The Life of Elizabeth I</i> is a mesmerizing, stunning reading experience.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Price : $14.99 Release Date : 2018-05-15 Description : <b>Acclaimed author and historian Alison Weir continues her epic Six Tudor Queens series with this third captivating novel, which brings to life Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII’s most cherished bride and mother of his only legitimate male heir.</b><br />                   <br /> Ever since she was a child, Jane has longed for a cloistered life as a nun. But her large noble family has other plans, and as an adult, Jane is invited to the King’s court to serve as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon. The devout Katherine shows kindness to all her ladies, almost like a second mother, which makes rumors of Henry’s lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn—also lady-in-waiting to the queen—all the more shocking.  For Jane, the betrayal triggers memories of a hauntingl incident that shaped her beliefs about marriage.<br />                   <br /> But once Henry disavows Katherine and secures Anne as his new queen—forever altering the religious landscape of England—he turns his eye to another: Jane herself. Urged to return the King’s affection and earn favor for her family, Jane is drawn into a dangerous political game that pits her conscience against her desires. Can Jane be the one to give the King his long-sought-after son, or will she be cast aside like the women who came before her?<br />                   <br /> Bringing new insight to this compelling story, Alison Weir marries meticulous research with gripping historical fiction to re-create the dramas and intrigues of the most renowned court in English history. At its center is a loving and compassionate woman who captures the heart of a king, and whose life will hang in the balance for it.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen</i></b><br />  <br />“Highly recommended for fans of the period . . . As with the earlier novels in the Six Tudor Queens series . . . [Alison] Weir focuses tightly on the sole perspective of her protagonist, thereby finding enough relatively fresh territory to keep even die-hard Tudor buffs interested. A fascinating afterword sheds light on Weir’s departures from the confirmed historical record and on the additional research she did for this novel, including an investigation of how exactly Jane died.”<b>—<i>Library Journal </i>(starred review)</b><br /><br /> “Deft, authoritative biographical fiction . . . Weir offers a dramatic and empathic portrait of Jane Seymour.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Europe Books History Price : $16.99 Release Date : 2007-12-01 Description : 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.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2008-04-29 Description : BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's <i>Mary Boleyn.</i><br /><br />Following the tremendous success of her first novel, Innocent Traitor, which recounted the riveting tale of the doomed Lady Jane Grey, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England’s most intriguing and powerful queen.<br /><br /> Even at age two, Elizabeth is keenly aware that people in the court of her father, King Henry VIII, have stopped referring to her as “Lady Princess” and now call her “the Lady Elizabeth.” Before she is three, she learns of the tragic fate that has befallen her mother, the enigmatic and seductive Anne Boleyn, and that she herself has been declared illegitimate, an injustice that will haunt her. <br /><br /> What comes next is a succession of stepmothers, bringing with them glimpses of love, fleeting security, tempestuous conflict, and tragedy. The death of her father puts the teenage Elizabeth in greater peril, leaving her at the mercy of ambitious and unscrupulous men. Like her mother two decades earlier she is imprisoned in the Tower of London–and fears she will also meet her mother’s grisly end. Power-driven politics, private scandal and public gossip, a disputed succession, and the grievous example of her sister, “Bloody” Queen Mary, all cement Elizabeth’s resolve in matters of statecraft and love, and set the stage for her transformation into the iconic Virgin Queen. <br /><br /> Alison Weir uses her deft talents as historian and novelist to exquisitely and suspensefully play out the conflicts between family, politics, religion, and conscience that came to define an age. Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time–an orphaned girl haunted by the shadow of the axe, an independent spirit who must use her cunning and wits for her very survival, and a future queen whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2012-10-02 Description : In this engrossing novel of historical suspense, <i>New York Times</i> 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.<br />  <br />When her older sister, Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days’ Queen, is executed in 1554 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.<br />  <br /> 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.<br />  <br /> 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.<br />  <br /> 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?<br />  <br /> 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.<br /><br /><b>Look for special features inside and an excerpt from Alison Weir's <i>Captive Queen</i>. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b><br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>A Dangerous Inheritance</i></b><br />  <br /> “Highly compelling [with] plenty to keep readers enthralled.”—Historical Novel Review<br />  <br /> “A page turner . . . too juicy to put down . . . Alison Weir’s strong suit as a fiction writer is making her novels living history.”—<i>The Courier-Journal</i><br />  <br /> “With its evident in-depth research and creative twists, this tale of two women trying to make sense of the power of the English crown . . . is nothing short of riveting.”—<i>Library Journal</i> (starred review)<br /> <i> </i><br /> “No one alive knows as much about the Tudors as Weir. . . . Any reader of Hilary Mantel’s excellent Tudor evocations will want to explore this book as well.”—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br />  <br /> “Stunning . . . A richly layered cake of love, sex, danger, death, and mystery.”<i>—Sunday Express</i> (UK)|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Europe Books History Biographies & Memoirs Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2001-05-01 Description : <b><b>For fans of <i>Wolf Hall,</i> Alison Weir’s <i>New York Times </i>bestselling biography of Henry VIII brilliantly brings to life the king, the court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards.</b><br /></b><br /><b>BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir<b>’</b>s <i>Mary Boleyn.</i><br /></b><br />Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power, celebrated for his intellect, presided over the most stylish—and dangerous—court in Renaissance Europe. Scheming cardinals vied for power with newly rich landowners and merchants, brilliant painters and architects introduced a new splendor into art and design, and each of Henry's six queens brought her own influence to bear upon the life of the court. In her new book, Alison Weir, author of the finest royal chronicles of our time, brings to vibrant life the turbulent, complex figure of Henry VIII and the glittering court he made his own.<br /><br /> In an age when a monarch's domestic and political lives were inextricably intertwined, a king as powerful and brilliant as Henry VIII exercised enormous sway over the laws, the customs, and the culture of his kingdom. Yet as Weir shows in this swift, vivid narrative, Henry's ministers, nobles, and wives were formidable figures in their own right, whose influence both enhanced and undermined the authority of the throne. On a grand stage rich in pageantry, intrigue, passion, and luxury, Weir records the many complex human dramas that swirled around Henry, while deftly weaving in an account of the intimate rituals and desires of England's ruling class—their sexual practices, feasts and sports, tastes in books and music, houses and gardens.<br /><br /> Stimulating and tumultuous, the court of Henry VIII attracted the finest minds and greatest beauties in Renaissance England—poets Wyatt and Surrey, the great portraitist Hans Holbein, "feasting ladies" like Elizabeth Blount and Elizabeth FitzWalter, the newly rich Boleyn family and the ancient aristocratic clans like the Howards and the Percies, along with the entourages and connections that came and went with each successive wife. The interactions between these individuals, and the terrible ends that befell so many of them, make Henry VIII: The King and His Court an absolutely spellbinding read.<br /><br /> Meticulous in historic detail, narrated with high style and grand drama, Alison Weir brilliantly brings to life the king, the court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards. <br /><br /> NOTE: This edition does not contain illustrations.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Europe Books History Biographies & Memoirs Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2013-12-03 Description : <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b></b><br /><br />Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother, spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline.<br />  <br /> Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as that of a male heir. The first child of King Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. But after the death of her father; the disappearance and probable murder of her brothers—the Princes in the Tower; and the usurpation of the throne by her calculating uncle Richard III, Elizabeth found her world turned upside-down: She and her siblings were declared bastards.<br />  <br /> As Richard’s wife, Anne Neville, was dying, there were murmurs that the king sought to marry his niece Elizabeth, knowing that most people believed her to be England’s rightful queen. Weir addresses Elizabeth’s possible role in this and her covert support for Henry Tudor, the exiled pretender who defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and was crowned Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor. Elizabeth’s subsequent marriage to Henry united the houses of York and Lancaster and signaled the end of the Wars of the Roses. For centuries historians have asserted that, as queen, she was kept under Henry’s firm grasp, but Weir shows that Elizabeth proved to be a model consort—pious and generous—who enjoyed the confidence of her husband, exerted a tangible and beneficial influence, and was revered by her son, the future King Henry VIII. <br />  <br /> Drawing from a rich trove of historical records, Weir gives a long overdue and much-deserved look at this unforgettable princess whose line descends to today’s British monarch—a woman who overcame tragedy and danger to become one of England’s most beloved consorts.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Elizabeth of York</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Weir tells Elizabeth’s story well. . . . She is a meticulous scholar. . . . Most important, Weir sincerely admires her subject, doing honor to an almost forgotten queen.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br />  <br />“In [Alison] Weir’s skillful hands, Elizabeth of York returns to us, full-bodied and three-dimensional. This is a must-read for Tudor fans!”<b>—<i>Historical Novels Review</i></b><br />  <br /> “This bracing biography reveals a woman of integrity, who . . . helped [her husband] lay strong groundwork for the success of the new Tudor dynasty. As always in a Weir book, the tenor of the times is drawn with great color and authenticity.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i></b><br />  <br /> “Weir once again demonstrates that she is an outstanding portrayer of the Tudor era, giving us a fully realized biography of a remarkable woman.”<b>—<i>Huntington News</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2017-05-16 Description : <b>In this second novel of Alison Weir’s epic Six Tudor Queens series, the acclaimed author and historian weaves exciting new research into the story of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s most infamous wife, a woman ahead of her time whose very life—and death—forever changed a nation.</b><br /><br /> Born into a noble English family, Anne is barely a teenager when she is sent from her family’s Hever Castle to serve at the royal court of the Netherlands. This strategic move on the part of her opportunistic father also becomes a chance for the girl to grow and discover herself. There, and later in France, Anne thrives, preferring to absorb the works of progressive writers rather than participate in courtly flirtations. She also begins to understand the inequalities and indignities suffered by her gender.<br /><br /> Anne isn’t completely inured to the longings of the heart, but her powerful family has ambitious plans for her future that override any wishes of her own. When the King of England himself, Henry VIII, asks Anne to be his mistress, she spurns his advances—reminding him that he is a married man who has already conducted an affair with her sister, Mary. Anne’s rejection only intensifies Henry’s pursuit, but in the absence of a male heir—and given an aging Queen Katherine—the opportunity to elevate and protect the Boleyn family, and to exact vengeance on her envious detractors, is too tempting for Anne to resist, even as it proves to be her undoing. <br /><br /> While history tells of how Anne Boleyn died, this compelling new novel reveals how fully she lived.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obession</i><br /></b><br />“Superb . . . page-turning biographical fiction, hauntingly and beautifully told . . . psychologically penetrating.”<b>—<i>Historical Novels Review</i></b><br /><br /> “Immaculately researched and convincing . . . This tale of Anne’s ascent and demise cannot escape comparisons with Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall series.”<b><i>—The Times</i></b><br /><br /> “A tragic, misrepresented figure, one of history’s original nasty women . . . Weir’s fictional Anne is ferociously smart and guilty of nothing but craving the power that's rightfully hers to claim.”<b>—NPR</b><br /><br /> “One of historical fiction’s most compelling and exciting portraits of the enduringly fascinating and mysterious Anne Boleyn.”<b><i>—Lancashire Evening Post</i></b><br /><br /> “As always, Weir demonstrates a keen eye for crafting dramatic scenes of beautiful, accurate detail, instilling in the reader a vivid sense of being there.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i></b>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Mysteries & Thrillers Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2007-02-27 Description : BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's <i>Mary Boleyn.</i><br /><br />I am now a condemned traitor . . . I am to die when I have hardly begun to live.<br /><br /> Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir’s enthralling debut novel, breathing new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey–“the Nine Days’ Queen” –a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.<br /><br /> The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the demise of Jane’s infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane’ s adolescent cousin, and Henry’s successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor. <br /><br /> Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.<br /><br /> Alison Weir uses her unmatched skills as a historian to enliven the many dynamic characters of this majestic drama. Along with Lady Jane Grey, Weir vividly renders her devious parents; her much-loved nanny; the benevolent Queen Katherine Parr; Jane’s ambitious cousins; the Catholic “Bloody” Mary, who will stop at nothing to seize the throne; and the protestant and future queen Elizabeth. Readers venture inside royal drawing rooms and bedchambers to witness the power-grabbing that swirls around Lady Jane Grey from the day of her birth to her unbearably poignant death. Innocent Traitor paints a complete and compelling portrait of this captivating young woman, a faithful servant of God whose short reign and brief life would make her a legend.<br /><br /> “An impressive debut. Weir shows skill at plotting and maintaining tension, and she is clearly going to be a major player in the . . . historical fiction game.” <br /> –The Independent<br /><br /> “Alison Weir is one of our greatest popular historians. In her first work of fiction . . . Weir manages her heroine’s voice brilliantly, respecting the past’s distance while conjuring a dignified and fiercely modern spirit.”<br /> –London Daily Mail|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Europe Books History Biographies & Memoirs Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2011-10-04 Description : <b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE <i>CHICAGO TRIBUNE</i></b><br />  <br /> <i>New York Times</i> 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<i>, </i>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.”<br />  <br /> Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Europe Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2016-01-12 Description : <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE INDEPENDENT • </i>From<i> </i>bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir comes the first biography of Margaret Douglas, the beautiful, cunning niece of Henry VIII of England who used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence the succession after the death of Elizabeth I.</b><br />  <br /> Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was an important figure in Tudor England, yet today, while her contemporaries—Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I—have achieved celebrity status, she is largely forgotten. <br />  <br /> Margaret’s life was steeped in intrigue, drama, and tragedy—from her auspicious birth in 1530 to her parents’ bitter divorce, from her ill-fated love affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for four of Henry’s six wives. In an age when women were expected to stay out of the political arena, alluring and tempestuous Margaret helped orchestrate one of the most notorious marriages of the sixteenth century: that of her son Lord Darnley to Mary, Queen of Scots. Margaret defiantly warred with two queens—Mary, and Elizabeth of England—and was instrumental in securing the Stuart ascension to the throne of England for her grandson, James VI.<br />  <br /> The life of Margaret Douglas spans five reigns and provides many missing links between the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Drawing on decades of research and myriad original sources—including many of Margaret’s surviving letters—Alison Weir brings this captivating character out of the shadows and presents a strong, capable woman who operated effectively and fearlessly at the very highest levels of power.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Lost Tudor Princess</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “This is a substantial, detailed biography of a fascinating woman who lived her extraordinary life to the full, taking desperate chances for love and for ambition. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in the powerful women of the Tudor period.”<b>—Philippa Gregory, <i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br /> “Tackling the family from an unexpected angle, Weir offers a blow-by-blow account of six decades of palace intrigue. . . . Weir balances historical data with emotional speculation to illuminate the ferocious dynastic ambitions and will to power that earned her subject a place in the spotlight.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2010-01-05 Description : BONUS: This edition contains a <i>The Lady in the Tower </i>discussion guide and an excerpt from Alison Weir's <i>Mary Boleyn.</i><br /><br />Nearly five hundred years after her violent death, Anne Boleyn, second wife to Henry VIII, remains one of the world's most fascinating, controversial, and tragic heroines. Now acclaimed historian and bestselling author Alison Weir has drawn on myriad sources from the Tudor era to give us the first book that examines, in unprecedented depth, the gripping, dark, and chilling story of Anne Boleyn's final days.<br /><br />The tempestuous love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn scandalized Christendom and altered forever the religious landscape of England. Anne's ascent from private gentlewoman to queen was astonishing, but equally compelling was her shockingly swift downfall. Charged with high treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London in May 1536, Anne met her terrible end all the while protesting her innocence. There remains, however, much mystery surrounding the queen's arrest and the events leading up to it: Were charges against her fabricated because she stood in the way of Henry VIII making a third marriage and siring an heir, or was she the victim of a more complex plot fueled by court politics and deadly rivalry?<br /><br />    <b>The Lady in the Tower </b>examines in engrossing detail the motives and intrigues of those who helped to seal the queen's fate. Weir unravels the tragic tale of Anne's fall, from her miscarriage of the son who would have saved her to the horrors of her incarceration and that final, dramatic scene on the scaffold. What emerges is an extraordinary portrayal of a woman of great courage whose enemies were bent on utterly destroying her, and who was tested to the extreme by the terrible plight in which she found herself. <br /><br />    Richly researched and utterly captivating, <b>The Lady in the Tower</b> presents the full array of evidence of Anne Boleyn's guilt—or innocence. Only in Alison Weir's capable hands can readers learn the truth about the fate of one of the most influential and important women in English history.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Europe Price : $11.99 Release Date : 1997-07-08 Description : "Fascinating . . . Alison Weir does full justice to the subject."<br />--The Philadelphia Inquirer<br /><br />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 Katherine of Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the teenage daughter of his second wife Anne Boleyn; and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey. In this riveting account Alison Weir paints a unique portrait of these extraordinary rulers, examining their intricate relationships to each other and to history. She traces the tumult that followed Henry's death, from the brief intrigue-filled reigns of the boy king Edward VI and the fragile Lady Jane Grey, to the savagery of "Bloody Mary," and finally the accession of the politically adroit Elizabeth I.<br /><br />As always, Weir offers a fresh perspective on a period that has spawned many of the most enduring myths in English history, combining the best of the historian's and the biographer's art.<br /><br />"Like anthropology, history and biography can demonstrate unfamiliar ways of feeling and being. Alison Weir's sympathetic collective biography, The Children of Henry VIII does just that, reminding us that human nature has changed--and for the better. . . . Weir imparts movement and coherence while re-creating the suspense her characters endured and the suffering they inflicted."<br />--The New York Times Book Review  <br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Europe Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2000-01-25 Description : Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons. In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of this truly exceptional woman, and provides new insights into her intimate world. Eleanor of Aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, and in this stunning narrative, Weir captures the woman— and the queen—in all her glory. With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Europe Books History Biographies & Memoirs Price : $11.99 Release Date : 1994-01-03 Description : "Comprehensive and insightful, THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER offers a unique perspective on a profound mystery." Faye Kellerman<br /><br />Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, remain one of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. Did Richard III really kill the young princes, as is commonly believed, or was the murderer someone else entirely? Carefully examining every shred of contemporary evidence as well as the dozens of modern accounts, Weir reconstructs the entire chain of events leading to the double murder to arrive at a conclusion Sherlock Holmes himself could not dispute.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Price : $12.99 Release Date : 2015-02-10 Description : In this compelling novel of Tudor drama and suspense, acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life one of England’s most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley.<br />  <br /> Only twenty-five and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and<i> </i>king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing—though married—Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth’s heart. Their flagrant flirting, their unescorted outings, and the appointment of Lord Robert to Master of Horse inspire whispers through the court, and even rumors that Elizabeth has secretly given birth to Lord Robert’s child. <br />  <br /> Events take a dark turn when Robert’s wife is found dead. Universal shock is followed by accusations of murder. Despite the scandal, Elizabeth and Robert manage to navigate the choppy political, economic, and religious waters around them. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within.<br />  <br /> With intricate period detail and captivating prose, Alison Weir explores one of history’s most provocative “Did they or didn’t they?” debates. <i>The Marriage Game </i>maneuvers through the alliances, duplicities, intrigue, and emotions of a woman intent on sovereignty—over her country and herself.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Marriage Game</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Entrancing . . . Weir manages to weave actual history and the imagined kind together seamlessly.”<b>—<i>Huntington News</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Weir’s credible characters and blend of the personal and political will sweep up readers of this engrossing behind-the-scenes psychological portrait of Elizabeth.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Based on historical events, letters and conjecture, Weir paints a fascinating picture of Elizabeth’s years as queen. . . . There is enough drama here for a PBS series.”<b>—<i>RT Book Reviews</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Weir’s impeccable reputation as both a historian and a master storyteller guarantees a huge audience for another intriguing Tudor-themed tale.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i></b><br />  <br /> <b>Praise for Alison Weir</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b><i>A Dangerous Inheritance</i></b><br /> <b> </b><br /> “A juicy mix of romance, drama and Tudor history . . . pure bliss for today’s royal watchers.”<b>—<i>Ladies’ Home Journal</i></b><br />  <br /> “Highly compelling [with] plenty to keep readers enthralled.”<b><i>—Historical Novel Review</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> <b><i>Captive Queen</i></b><br />  <br /> “Should be savored . . . Weir wastes no time captivating her audience.”<b>—<i>Seattle Post-Intelligencer</i></b><br />  <br /> “Stunning . . . As always, Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine’s life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction.”<b>—<i>The Denver Post</i></b><br />  <br /> <b><i>The Lady Elizabeth</i></b><br />  <br /> “Intrigue and maneuverings. Scandal. Schemers and innocents put to death. [This] history of Tudor England is an engrossing story. . . . Weir marries conjecture with what is known about the life of Elizabeth I from childhood to coronation, and it makes for ripping good reading.”<b>—Milwaukee <i>Journal Sentinel</i></b><br />  <br /> “A compelling, even irresistible, read.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i> (starred review)</b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Reference Price : $10.99 Release Date : 2011-04-18 Description : 'George III is alleged to have married secretly, on 17th April, 1759, a Quakeress called Hannah Lightfoot, daughter of a Wapping shoemaker, who is said to have borne him three children. Documents relating to the alleged marriage, bearing the Prince's signature, were impounded and examined in 1866 by the Attorney General. Learned opinion at the time leaned to the view that these documents were genuine. They were then placed in the Royal Archives at Windsor; in 1910, permission was refused a would-be author who asked to see them. If George III did make such a marriage when he was Prince of Wales, before the passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, then his subsequent marriage to Queen Charlotte was bigamous, and every monarch of Britain since has been a usurper, the rightful heirs of George III being his children by Hannah Lightfoot, if they ever existed.' From <i>Britain's Royal Families</i> <br /><br /><i>Britain's Royal Families</i> is a unique reference book. It provides, for the first time in one volume, complete genealogical details of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain - from 800AD to the present. Here is the vital biographical information relating not only to each monarch, but also to every member of their immediate family, from parents to grandchildren. Drawing on countless authorities, both ancient and modern, Alison Weir explores the royal family tree in unprecedented depth and provides a comprehensive guide to the heritage of today's royal family.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Europe Nonfiction True Crime Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2003-04-01 Description : BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's <i>Mary Boleyn.</i><br /><br />Handsome, accomplished, and charming, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, staked his claim to the English throne by marrying Mary Stuart, who herself claimed to be the Queen of England. It was not long before Mary discovered that her new husband was interested only in securing sovereign power for himself. Then, on February 10, 1567, an explosion at his lodgings left Darnley dead; the intrigue thickened after it was discovered that he had apparently been suffocated before the blast. After an exhaustive reevaluation of the source material, Alison Weir has come up with a solution to this enduring mystery. Employing her gift for vivid characterization and gripping storytelling, Weir has written one of her most engaging excursions yet into Britain’s bloodstained, power-obsessed past.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Europe Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2009-01-27 Description : BONUS: This edition contains a reader's guide and excerpts from Allison Weir's <i>The Lady in the Tower </i>and<i> Mary Boleyn</i>.<br /><br />Acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life the extraordinary tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became one of the most crucial figures in the history of Great Britain. Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. But her story had truly begun two years earlier, when she was appointed governess to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III. Widowed at twenty-one, Katherine became John's mistress and then, after many twists of fortune, his bride in a scandalous marriage. Mistress of the Monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time—making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her own destiny. Indeed, without Katherine Swynford, the course of English history, perhaps even the world, would have been very different.<br /><br />NOTE: This edition does not contain illustrations.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2005-10-11 Description : BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's <i>Mary Boleyn.</i><br /><br />In this vibrant biography, acclaimed author Alison Weir reexamines the life of Isabella of England, one of history’s most notorious and charismatic queens. Isabella arrived in London in 1308, the spirited twelve-year-old daughter of King Philip IV of France. Her marriage to the heir to England’s throne was designed to heal old political wounds between the two countries, and in the years that followed she became an important figure, a determined and clever woman whose influence would come to last centuries. Many myths and legends have been woven around Isabella’s story, but in this first full biography in more than 150 years, Alison Weir gives a groundbreaking new perspective.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books History Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2017-09-26 Description : <b>In the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling author Alison Weir brings the dramatic reigns of England’s medieval queens to life.</b><br /><br /> The lives of England’s medieval queens were packed with incident—love, intrigue, betrayal, adultery, and warfare—but their stories have been largely obscured by centuries of myth and omission. Now esteemed biographer Alison Weir provides a fresh perspective and restores these women to their rightful place in history.<br /><br /> Spanning the years from the Norman conquest in 1066 to the dawn of a new era in 1154, when Henry II succeeded to the throne and Eleanor of Aquitaine, the first Plantagenet queen, was crowned, this epic book brings to vivid life five women, including: Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, the first Norman king; Matilda of Scotland, revered as “the common mother of all England”; and Empress Maud, England’s first female ruler, whose son King Henry II would go on to found the Plantagenet dynasty. More than those who came before or after them, these Norman consorts were recognized as equal sharers in sovereignty. Without the support of their wives, the Norman kings could not have ruled their disparate dominions as effectively.<br /><br /> Drawing from the most reliable contemporary sources, Weir skillfully strips away centuries of romantic lore to share a balanced and authentic take on the importance of these female monarchs. What emerges is a seamless royal saga, an all-encompassing portrait of English medieval queenship, and a sweeping panorama of British history.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Queens of the Conquest</i><br /><br /></b>“Best-selling author [Alison] Weir pens another readable, well-researched English history, the first in a proposed four-volume series on England’s medieval queens. . . . Weir’s research skills and storytelling ability combine beautifully to tell a fascinating story supported by excellent historical research. Fans of her fiction and nonfiction will enjoy this latest work.”<b>—<i>Library Journal </i>(starred review)</b><br />  <br /> “Another sound feminist resurrection by a seasoned historian . . . Though Norman queens were largely unknowable, leave it to this prolific historical biographer to bring them to life. . . . As usual, Weir is meticulous in her research.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b>|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Literary Price : $10.99 Release Date : 2017-12-06 Description : In una calda e silenziosa mattina di luglio del 1536, Lady Maria, figlia di Re Enrico VIII, giunge nel maestoso palazzo di campagna di Hatfield, dove la attende la sorella minore, la piccola Elisabetta. L’espressione compunta sul viso chiaro punteggiato di lentiggini, la bambina è stata causa di sofferenze e dolori inenarrabili per la figlia maggiore di Enrico VIII. La sua nascita, infatti, l’ha privata di tutto ciò che aveva di più caro: sua madre, la Regina Caterina, ripudiata a favore dell’intrigante Anna Bolena, il suo rango, le prospettive di salire al trono e trovare un marito e, infine, l’amore di suo padre, il re.
I pericolosi rivolgimenti di un fato crudele hanno, però, ora cambiato anche la sorte di Elisabetta. La madre della bambina, Anna Bolena, è stata giustiziata nella Torre di Londra con l’accusa di tradimento, e Maria può provare soltanto dispiacere per la sorella nel comunicarle la terribile notizia.
Privata del ruolo di erede legittima, chiamata dalla servitù semplicemente «lady» e non più «principessa», Elisabetta sembra soccombere al suo triste destino di «bastarda», così come prevede la legge inglese. Attraverso scandali privati e pettegolezzi pubblici, successioni legittime e contestate, si ritroverà, tuttavia, un giorno sull’ambito trono d’Inghilterra, celebrata come l’iconica Regina Vergine.
Dopo l’enorme successo del suo primo romanzo, L’innocente, divenuto un bestseller internazionale, Alison Weir tratteggia con maestria i primi anni di vita della giovane Elisabetta Tudor, destinata a diventare la regina più intrigante e potente d’Inghilterra.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Fiction & Literature Books Price : $7.99 Release Date : 2013-10-01 Description : Lady Jane Grey urodziła się w wyjątkowo niebezpiecznych czasach. Córka intryganckiego ojca i bezwzględnej matki, traktujących ją jak pionek w dynastycznej rozgrywce o najwyższą władzę, przeżyła znaczną część swojego życia pod presją politycznych machinacji i niszczycielskiego fanatyzmu religijnego. Zadziwiająca, lecz nade wszystko tragiczna historia Jane rozegrała się w przełomowym okresie dziejów Anglii. Jako wnuczka siostry Henryka VIII oraz kuzynka Edwarda VI, Marii I i Elżbiety I, Jane dorastała w świadomości, że nigdy nie zdoła zrzucić okowów przeznaczenia. Swoją uczciwością, inteligencją i siłą charakteru ujmuje czytelnika i wzywa go do wędrówki jej śladem poprzez gwałtowne zawirowania w kręgach władzy politycznej na dworze Tudorów aż po jej dziewięciodniowe panowanie zakończone tragicznym finałem.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2010-07-13 Description : BONUS: This edition contains a <i>Captive Queen</i> discussion guide and an excerpt from <i>The Lady Elizabeth.</i><br /><br />Nearing her thirtieth birthday, Eleanor of Aquitaine has spent the past dozen frustrating years as wife to the pious King Louis VII of France. But when Henry of Anjou, the young and dynamic future king of England, arrives at the French court, he and the seductive Eleanor experience a mutual passion powerful enough to ignite the world. Indeed, after the annulment of Eleanor’s marriage to Louis and her remarriage to Henry, the union of this royal couple creates a vast empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees—and marks the beginning of the celebrated Plantagenet dynasty. But Henry and Eleanor’s marriage, charged with physical heat, begins a fiery downward spiral marred by power struggles and bitter betrayals. Amid the rivalries and infidelities, the couple’s rebellious sons grow impatient for power, and the scene is set for a vicious and tragic conflict that will threaten to engulf them all.<br />|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Education Books Professional & Technical Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2013-09-18 Description : W XV stuleciu Anglią wstrząsnęła wojna Dwóch Róż – długoletni konflikt między rodami Yorków a Lancasterów, który cechowały zdrada, kłamstwo i jedne z najkrwawszych bitew na angielskiej ziemi. W latach 1455-1487 królewski skarbiec opustoszał, a sama wojna doprowadziła do upadku obu rodów i pojawienia się na politycznej scenie nowej dynastii – Tudorów. W swojej mistrzowskiej opowieści Alison Weir koncentruje się na ludzkim wymiarze konfliktu – potężnych osobowościach uwikłanych w wojnę. Czołowymi postaciami książki Autorka uczyniła Henryka VI – pobożnego króla, którego niezrównoważenie psychiczne wywołało polityczny chaos, Ryszarda Plantageneta – księcia Yorku i największego rywala Henryka, oraz Małgorzatę Andegaweńską, która stanęła do walki, broniąc spraw swojego męża i przez długie lata tocząc bitwy w brutalnym świecie mężczyzn.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Fiction & Literature Books Price : $7.99 Release Date : 2013-11-01 Description : To dramatyczna historia dwóch młodych kobiet, które dzieli kilkadziesiąt lat, lecz łączy intrygująca tajemnica najsłynniejszej zbrodni w historii Anglii. Lady Katarzyna Grey przeżyła w swym młodym życiu ogromną tragedię. Jej starsza siostra, lady Jane Grey, została ścięta za bezprawne przyjęcie korony Anglii. Teraz zaś, wybierając zakazaną miłość, Katarzyna ryzykuje gniew swojej potężnej kuzynki – królowej Elżbiety I – dla której jest jedynie rywalką pragnącą pozbawić ją korony. Historia Katarzyny przeplata się z wcześniejszymi dziejami dalekiej krewnej, Kate Plantagenet, nieślubnej córki króla Ryszarda III. Kate kocha ojca, jednak na królewskim dworze sprawy przybierają niepomyślny obrót i niebawem zaczynają do niej docierać straszliwe pogłoski, które mogą obrócić wniwecz wszystko, co jest jej bliskie. Podobnie jak Katarzyna Grey, Kate zakochuje się w mężczyźnie, którego nie może poślubić. Tymczasem okoliczności zmuszają ją do podjęcia – jak się okaże – niebezpiecznej misji, której celem jest odkrycie prawdy o losie kuzynów zwanych królewiczami z Tower…|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Biographies & Memoirs Books Price : $10.99 Release Date : 2015-03-01 Description : Książka „Ryszard III i książęta w Tower” przybliża ponure okoliczności śmierci króla-chłopca Edwarda V i jego młodszego brata Ryszarda, księcia Yorku. Historia śmierci małoletnich książąt jest jedną z najbardziej fascynujących tajemnic morderstw w dziejach Anglii. To opowieść pełna dramatyzmu, intryg, zdrad i przemocy. W swojej publikacji Alison Weir analizuje ponownie wszystkie dowody dotyczące udziału w zbrodni wuja zamordowanych chłopców, króla Anglii Ryszarda III, którego szczątki nie tak dawno zostały odkryte w Leicester, co na nowo wznieciło debatę na temat jego roli w zniknięciu chłopców pod koniec lata 1483 roku. Autorka doskonale rekonstruuje ciąg wydarzeń prowadzących do zabójstwa i ujawnia, dlaczego i z czyjego rozkazu zginęli książęta.|
| Author : Alison Weir Genre : Literary Books Fiction & Literature Historical Price : $10.99 Release Date : 2015-11-10 Description : Inghilterra, 1554: Jane Grey, sovrana per appena nove giorni, si aggira nella dimora di Master Partridge, il carceriere della Torre di Londra. In quell’edificio che si affaccia sulla Tower Green, dove fu giustiziata anni prima Anna Bolena, è tenuta prigioniera insieme alle sue dame di compagnia, dopo essere stata giudica ta colpevole di alto tradimento e condannata, poco più che sedicenne, a esse re bruciata viva a Tower Hill, o decapitata, secondo il volere della regina Maria.
Ha un’unica possibilità per salvarsi, stando almeno alla promessa dell’anziano abate di Westminster: se abiurerà la fede riformata, Maria Tudor, da poco impossessatasi del trono con la ferma intenzione di restaurare nel regno la religione cattolica, le concederà la grazia. Lady Jane, tuttavia, è pronta a riconoscere le sue colpe – aver indossato una corona non sua e avere, così, permesso che il suo cuore e la sua volontà fossero influenzati dalle brame di potere altrui –, ma non può tradire il proprio credo e barattare la vita eterna con quella terrena.
Sono anni difficili quelli che precedono il tragico esito della giovane vita di Jane Grey. Tra la fine del regno di Enrico VIII e l’avvento di Elisabetta I le tensioni tra cattolici e protestanti, a lungo sopite, esplodono, e il loro scontro si consuma alla luce dei roghi degli eretici; la Corona è al centro di una fitta rete di intrighi, accordi sotterranei e inaspettati tradimenti. L’erede designato, il principe Edoardo, non ha l’età necessaria per assidersi al trono e sono in molti coloro che ambiscono a governare in sua vece o che desiderano entrare nelle sue grazie. Tra questi ultimi Henry Grey e sua moglie Frances, nobili vicini alla casata dei Tudor che sperano di riscattare la frustrazione e la delusione per la mancata venuta di un figlio maschio, facendo sposare la figlia maggiore, Jane, al futuro re. Ma Jane non ha intenzione di finire i suoi giorni a servire uno sposo-padrone: trascinarsi di ricevimento in ricevimento agghindata come un pavone e rischiare la vita a ogni gravidanza all’unico scopo di donargli una discendenza. Tutto ciò che desidera è poter seguire i propri interessi, dedicarsi allo studio e alla ricerca spirituale e mantenere intatta la propria indipendenza. Attraverso le voci e i punti di vista delle protagoniste femminili della corte di Edoardo, Alison Weir dà vita a un grandioso affresco corale in cui leggere e comprendere un’epoca oscura, le sue ingiustizie e le sue contraddizioni. Quella di Lady Jane Grey è una straordinaria storia di coraggio: il tentativo, tragico e appassionante, di liberarsi dal ruolo che famiglia e società le hanno imposto, per rimanere fedele a se stessa.
Convertirsi al cattolicesimo o morire? La tragica storia di Jane Grey, la "Regina dei Nove Giorni" imprigionata nella Torre di Londra nell'Inghilterra del Cinquecento.
«Una delle eroine più tragiche della storia: Alison Weir è riuscita a restituirci la voce di Lady Jane Grey in una maniera davvero brillante».
«Lady Jane è una figura di grande coraggio e intelligenza: non piangere alla fine di questo libro significa avere un cuore di pietra».