She ranked high at the court of her uncle, Henry VIII, and was lady of honour to five of his wives. Beautiful and tempestuous, she created scandal, not just once, but twice, by falling in love with unsuitable men. Fortunately, the marriage arranged for her turned into a love match. Throughout her life her dynastic ties to two crowns proved hazardous. A born political intriguer, she was imprisoned in the Tower of London on three occasions, once under sentence of death. She helped to bring about one of the most notorious royal marriages of the sixteenth century, but it brought her only tragedy. Her son and her husband were brutally murdered, and there were rumours that she herself was poisoned. She warred with two queens, Mary of Scotland and Elizabeth of England. A brave survivor, she was instrumental in securing the Stuart succession to the throne of England for her grandson. Her story deserves to be better known.
With a fine eye for period detail, Weir chronicles the romances, scandals and intrigues that saw five Tudor reigns. -- JC Lady Alison Weir has done us a favor by reviving the story of this extraordinary woman... This is a substantial, detailed biography of a fascinating woman who lived her extraordinary life to the full. -- Phillippa Gregory Washington Post on Sunday 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. The New York Times A magnificent and thorough study by a sharp historian. -- Julia Richardson Daily Mail A fine writer with a wonderful gift for description Literary Review
Publication date: 01/10/2015
|Publication date:||1st October 2015|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, History,|
Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces, and is married with two adult children. Anne Boleyn is the second in the Six Tudor Queens series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, which began with Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen - a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Author photo © Miklos Csepely-KnorrMore About Alison Weir