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. Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm.
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey #ad - 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. 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.
The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel Elizabeth IBallantine Books #ad - Sweeping in scope, an independent spirit who must use her cunning and wits for her very survival, 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, and a future queen whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.
Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's Mary Boleyn. 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.
Following the tremendous success of her first novel, which recounted the riveting tale of the doomed Lady Jane Grey, Innocent Traitor, 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.
The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel Elizabeth I #ad - What comes next is a succession of stepmothers, fleeting security, tempestuous conflict, bringing with them glimpses of love, and tragedy. Even at age two, king henry viii, elizabeth is keenly aware that people in the court of her father, have stopped referring to her as “Lady Princess” and now call her “the Lady Elizabeth.
Before she is three, and that she herself has been declared illegitimate, she learns of the tragic fate that has befallen her mother, the enigmatic and seductive Anne Boleyn, an injustice that will haunt her. Power-driven politics, “bloody” queen mary, private scandal and public gossip, and the grievous example of her sister, all cement Elizabeth’s resolve in matters of statecraft and love, a disputed succession, and set the stage for her transformation into the iconic Virgin Queen.
Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - 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. 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. A dramatic and empathic portrait of Jane Seymour.
Kirkus Reviews. From the richly appointed decor to the religious tenor of the time, the historical ambience is first-rate. Booklist starred review “Deft, authoritative biographical fiction. 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? 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.
Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 3 #ad - 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. A sumptuous historical novel anchored by its excellent depiction of Jane Seymour, Henry the VIII’s third queen. 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 haunting incident that shaped her beliefs about marriage.
A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the TowerBallantine Books #ad - . Interlaced with katherine’s story is that of her distant kinswoman Kate Plantagenet, the bastard daughter of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king. Too juicy to put down. Join the random house Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Praise for a dangerous Inheritance “Highly compelling with plenty to keep readers enthralled.
Historical novel Review “A page turner. But time is not on Kate’s side, or on Katherine’s. In this engrossing novel of historical suspense, new York Times 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.
A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower #ad - . 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. 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.
. Is nothing short of riveting. Library journal starred review “No one alive knows as much about the Tudors as Weir. Kate loves her father, but before long she hears terrible rumors about him that threaten all she holds dear.
Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor QueensBallantine Books #ad - Anna of kleve, is twenty-four, from a small German duchy, and has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden. Even as henry begins to warm to his new wife and share her bed, his attention is captivated by one of her maids-of-honor. The surprising and dramatic life of the least known of king Henry VIII’s wives is illuminated in the fourth volume in the Six Tudor Queens series—for fans of Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, and The Crown.
Entranced by the lovely image, Henry is bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. Some think her attractive, but Henry knows he can never love her. What follows is the fascinating story of an awkward royal union that somehow had to be terminated. Henry commissions her portrait from his court painter, who depicts her from the most flattering perspective.
Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens #ad - Will he accuse anna of adultery as he did queen anne boleyn, and send her to the scaffold? or will he divorce her and send her home in disgrace? Alison Weir takes a fresh and astonishing look at this remarkable royal marriage by describing it from the point of view of Queen Anna, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, alone and fearing for her life in a royal court that rejected her almost from the day she set foot on England’s shore.
Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to ensure the royal succession. Forty-six, and suffering from gout, overweight, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses.
The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth IBallantine Books #ad - The marriage game maneuvers through the alliances, duplicities, intrigue, and emotions of a woman intent on sovereignty—over her country and herself. Praise for the marriage Game “Entrancing. Only twenty-five and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. Weir manages to weave actual history and the imagined kind together seamlessly.
Huntington news “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. Publishers weekly “based on historical events, letters and conjecture, Weir paints a fascinating picture of Elizabeth’s years as queen.
The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I #ad - 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. Weir wastes no time captivating her audience. Seattle post-intelligencer “Stunning. Scandal. 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.
The denver post the lady Elizabeth “Intrigue and maneuverings.
Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of AquitaineBallantine Books #ad - 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. 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. 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.
Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine #ad - Bonus: this edition contains a Captive Queen discussion guide and an excerpt from The Lady Elizabeth. Nearing her thirtieth birthday, eleanor of Aquitaine has spent the past dozen frustrating years as wife to the pious King Louis VII of France.
Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 2Ballantine Books #ad - 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.
. While history tells of how Anne Boleyn died, this compelling new novel reveals how fully she lived. Praise for anne boleyn, A King’s Obession“Superb. Page-turning biographical fiction, hauntingly and beautifully told. This tale of anne’s ascent and demise cannot escape comparisons with Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall series.
Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 2 #ad - The times “a tragic, misrepresented figure, one of history’s original nasty women. 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. There, anne thrives, and later in France, 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. Weir’s fictional anne is ferociously smart and guilty of nothing but craving the power that's rightfully hers to claim.
The Rose Without a Thorn: A Novel Queens of England Book 11Broadway Books #ad - Like her cousin anne boleyn, she leaves her grandmother’s home to become a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII. Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill-fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday. The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, and Katherine finds that her duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, Thomas Culpepper, whom she has loved since childhood.
Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. From the pen of legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes an unforgettable true story of royalty, passion, and innocence lost. But her bliss is short-lived as rumors of her wayward past come back to haunt her, and Katherine’s destiny takes another, deadly, turn.
The Rose Without a Thorn: A Novel Queens of England Book 11 #ad - The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother’s puritanism is not shared by Katherine’s free-spirited cousins, with whom she lives. Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life. But when katherine catches the eye of the aging and unhappily married king, she is forced to abandon her plans for a life with Thomas and marry King Henry.
Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: A Novel Six Tudor QueensBallantine Books #ad - But katheryn has a past of which Henry knows nothing, and which comes back increasingly to haunt her--even as she courts danger yet again. Seated near him intentionally by her ambitious Catholic family, Katheryn readily succumbs to the courtship. Henry is besotted with his bride. If she can bear him a son, her triumph will be complete.
Although the king is now an ailing forty-nine-year-old measuring fifty-four inches around his waist, his amorous gaze lights upon the pretty teenager. He tells the world she is a rose without a thorn, and extols her beauty and her virtue. Bestselling author and acclaimed historian alison Weir tells the tragic story of Henry VIII's fifth wife, a nineteen-year-old beauty with a hidden past, in this fifth novel in the sweeping Six Tudor Queens series.
Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens #ad - In the spring of 1540, anna of kleve, desperate to be rid of his queen, Henry VIII, first sets eyes on the enchanting Katheryn Howard. Katherine delights in the pleasures of being queen and the power she has to do good to others. She comes to love the ailing, obese king and tolerate his nightly attentions.
Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 1Ballantine Books #ad - Now katherine must be prepared to fight, her legitimacy, for her faith, to the end if God wills it, and her heart. Praise for katherine of aragon, the true queen “Alison Weir starts off her fictional series about the wives of Henry VIII with a nuanced portrayal of Katherine of Aragon. The christian science monitor “Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life.
The guardian “as always, accurate detail, Weir demonstrates a keen eye for crafting dramatic scenes of beautiful, instilling in the reader a vivid sense of being there. The author portrays her sympathetically as both credulous and steely. Kirkus reviews “an illuminating and engaging portrait of ‘the true queen.
Historical novels review “weir’s fresh approach to Henry’s first wife is a wonderful place to start for those unfamiliar with Katherine’s story. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall.
Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 1 #ad - Tracy borman, alison weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, author of Thomas Cromwell “Yet again, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating figure. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII’s long-suffering first wife.
Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine’s maid of honor, Anne Boleyn.