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Alison Weir (1) (1951–)

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Alison Weir was born in London, England on July 8, 1951. She received training to be a teacher with a concentration in history from the North Western Polytechnic. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a civil servant and ran her own school for children with learning difficulties from visa mer 1991 to 1997. Her first book, Britain's Royal Families, was published in 1989. Her other books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII; Children of England; Eleanor of Aquitaine; Henry VIII: King and Court; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Isabella. Her first novel, Innocent Traitor, was published in 2006. Her other novels include The Lady Elizabeth, The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, The Captive Queen, A Dangerous Inheritance, and Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre


Verk av Alison Weir

The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1991) — Författare — 3,171 exemplar
Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life (1999) 2,801 exemplar
The Life of Elizabeth I (1998) 2,734 exemplar
Innocent Traitor (2006) 2,432 exemplar
The Children of Henry VIII (1996) 2,094 exemplar
The Princes in the Tower (1992) 1,996 exemplar
The Wars of the Roses (1995) 1,933 exemplar
The Lady Elizabeth (2008) 1,792 exemplar
Henry VIII: King and Court (2001) 1,640 exemplar
The Captive Queen (2010) 805 exemplar
Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession (2017) 438 exemplar
Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen (2018) 374 exemplar
Anna of Kleve, the Princess in the Portrait (2019) — Författare — 319 exemplar
The Marriage Game (2014) 273 exemplar
Katherine Parr, The Sixth Wife (2021) 179 exemplar
Traitors of the Tower (2010) 118 exemplar
The Last White Rose (2022) 118 exemplar
The King's Pleasure (2023) 50 exemplar
A Tudor Christmas (2018) 47 exemplar
Arthur, Prince of the Roses (2016) 20 exemplar
BP Portrait Award 2011 (2011) 14 exemplar
The King's Painter (2019) 8 exemplar
The Grandmother's Tale (2018) 5 exemplar
The Queen's Child (2021) 5 exemplar
The Curse of the Hungerfords (2019) 4 exemplar
In This New Sepulchre (2021) 3 exemplar
The Wicked Wife (2021) 2 exemplar
A Man of God 1 exemplar

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Thorough depiction of each of Henry's wives, containing as much information about their lives with and without Henry as is known.
mj_papaya | 58 andra recensioner | Nov 21, 2023 |
Eleanor of Aquitaine was blessed with a long and eventful life where she traveled all over Europe and some of the Middle East. Unfortunately, us readers aren't quite so lucky, as there is very little information surviving about Eleanor's deeds and accomplishments. As a result, Weir must make do with manor records and whether or not her subject is mentioned in the accounts from various chroniclers in order to track her whereabouts. This leaves a very incomplete picture, which is quite frustrating for a reader.

For me, the most interesting part was when Eleanor's son Richard I becomes king and must rely on his mother to drum up support for him in England. Weir spends time talking about how she rounded up the barons of England and made them pledge their loyalty to her son. When he's captured by the Duke of Austria, Weir discusses how she gathered the ransom money and what laws she had to pass to accomplish this. Weir herself says that this period of Eleanor's life is likely what brought her everlasting fame, as she was a beloved queen of England, intelligent and compassionate for her subjects. If only we could've seen more of this Eleanor when she was in her domains of Aquitaine, Gascony, and Poitou, which Weir glosses over. Eleanor is nothing more than "their beloved duchess" and she keeps them quiet because she "understands their ways", but very little is said beyond that.

Since Eleanor's life would only take about a hundred pages to relate, Weir fills the book by regaling the political landscape of the time. There is a lot of information about Eleanor's husbands, Louis VII and Henry II, as well as her sons. It's certainly one way to talk about Eleanor's life, and for those not familiar with the politics at this time, it's very interesting. Personally, I found it dull because all I wanted was to read about Eleanor, and I was sorely disappointed to find her largely missing.

Weir makes it her mission to dismantle all of the myths around Eleanor, but she seems to be a bit selective in this regard. While she states that the 'Court of Love' was nonexistent, she defends it as probable that Eleanor slept with her uncle Raymond as well as Henry's father, Geoffrey of Anjou. She also pushes back against the idea that Richard I was homosexual, even though most modern historians have accepted this because none of the historians at the time commented on it. As a result, this biography, while informative from a high level, general perspective, is still pretty lacking in fundamental ways.

That said, I wouldn't rate this book lower than three stars. It's very well-written and approachable. You don't need to have a PhD to understand this book. Additionally, it's not Weir's fault that information regarding Eleanor is so sparse. The only thing we know Eleanor owned was an elaborate vase. Beyond that, not much has survived. Weir did what she could with the information available to her. It's frustrating, but I do appreciate even this glimpse into Eleanor's exciting life.
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readerbug2 | 35 andra recensioner | Nov 16, 2023 |
Fictional life of Henry VIII's first wife from when she first arrived in England to her death.

Interesting story of her life between the death of Prince Arthur and the death of Henry VII. Rather slow at times in the middle (all the does he/doesn't he still love me?) but excellent once the King's Great Matter got started and the story of the last part of her life was heartbreaking. Having read this I do wonder how the author can possibly make Anne Boleyn a sympathetic character.
Robertgreaves | 22 andra recensioner | Nov 10, 2023 |
What fascinating women/queens and an interesting king!
wallace2012 | 58 andra recensioner | Nov 4, 2023 |



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