The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas

Ballantine Books #ad - . Royal tudor blood ran in her veins. 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.

Praise for the lost tudor princess   “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. 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. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in the powerful women of the Tudor period. Philippa gregory, the washington post   “Tackling the family from an unexpected angle, Weir offers a blow-by-blow account of six decades of palace intrigue.

The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas #ad - Her mother was a queen, and she herself was the granddaughter, her father an earl, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. Margaret’s life was steeped in intrigue, and tragedy—from her auspicious birth in 1530 to her parents’ bitter divorce, drama, from her ill-fated love affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for four of Henry’s six wives.

The life of margaret douglas spans five reigns and provides many missing links between the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Lady margaret douglas, queen of scots, countess of lennox, yet today, Elizabeth I—have achieved celebrity status, while her contemporaries—Anne Boleyn, was an important figure in Tudor England, Mary, she is largely forgotten.


Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

Ballantine Books #ad - 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. 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.

Look for special features inside. 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. She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates the truth behind Mary’s notorious reputation.

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings #ad - Making use of extensive original research, Weir shares revelations on the ambitious Boleyn family and the likely nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. Join the Circle for author chats and more. National bestseller • named one of the best books of the year by the chicago tribune   new york times 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.


Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster

Ballantine Books #ad - Widowed at twenty-one, after many twists of fortune, Katherine became John's mistress and then, his bride in a scandalous marriage. Bonus: this edition contains a reader's guide and excerpts from Allison Weir's The Lady in the Tower and Mary Boleyn. 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.

Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster #ad - Indeed, perhaps even the world, without Katherine Swynford, the course of English history, would have been very different. Note: this edition does not contain illustrations. Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. Mistress of the monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time—making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her own destiny.

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.


Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

Ballantine Books #ad - 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. Elizabeth’s subsequent marriage to Henry united the houses of York and Lancaster and signaled the end of the Wars of the Roses.

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. 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.

Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World #ad - This is a must-read for tudor fans!”—Historical Novels Review   “This bracing biography reveals a woman of integrity, who. She is a meticulous scholar. New york times bestseller • bestselling historian alison weir tells the poignant, suspenseful and sometimes tragic story of Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the Yorkist King Edward IV and sister of the Princes in the Tower, a woman whose life was inextricably caught up in the turmoil of the Wars of the Roses and the establishment of the usurping Tudor dynasty.

Most important, weir sincerely admires her subject, doing honor to an almost forgotten queen. The new york times book review  “in alison Weir’s skillful hands, Elizabeth of York returns to us, full-bodied and three-dimensional.


Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One

Ballantine Books #ad - The lives of england’s medieval queens were packed with incident—love, intrigue, adultery, betrayal, and warfare—but their stories have been largely obscured by centuries of myth and omission. 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.

. Without the support of their wives, the Norman kings could not have ruled their disparate dominions as effectively. More than those who came before or after them, these Norman consorts were recognized as equal sharers in sovereignty. What emerges is a seamless royal saga, an all-encompassing portrait of English medieval queenship, and a sweeping panorama of British history.

Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One #ad - . Spanning the years from the norman conquest in 1066 to the dawn of a new era in 1154, the first plantagenet queen, revered as “the common mother of all England”; and Empress Maud, was crowned, when Henry II succeeded to the throne and Eleanor of Aquitaine, England’s first female ruler, this epic book brings to vivid life five women, the first Norman king; Matilda of Scotland, wife of William the Conqueror, including: Matilda of Flanders, whose son King Henry II would go on to found the Plantagenet dynasty.

Fans of her fiction and nonfiction will enjoy this latest work. Library journal starred review   “Another sound feminist resurrection by a seasoned historian. As usual, Weir is meticulous in her research.


Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait: A Novel Six Tudor Queens

Ballantine Books #ad - Will he accuse anna of adultery as he did queen anne boleyn, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, 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, 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, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses. 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 - 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. What follows is the fascinating story of an awkward royal union that somehow had to be terminated. Some think her attractive, but Henry knows he can never love her. Entranced by the lovely image, Henry is bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh.

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. Anna of kleve, is twenty-four, from a small German duchy, and has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden.


Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 3

Ballantine Books #ad - This is a must for all fans of Tudor fiction and history. Publishers weekly                   ever since she was a child, Jane has longed for a cloistered life as a nun. 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. 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.

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. Praise for jane seymour, the haunted queen   “bestselling Alison Weir’s impressive novel shows why Jane deserves renewed attention and illustrates Jane’s unlikely journey from country knight’s daughter to queen of England.

Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 3 #ad - 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.

A dramatic and empathic portrait of Jane Seymour.


The Wars of the Roses

Ballantine Books #ad - Armies marched on London. Both henry iv and his son, ruled england ably, if not always wisely--but Henry VI proved a disaster, the cold warrior Henry V, both for his dynasty and his kingdom. Lancaster and York. 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.

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. 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.

Alison weir brings brilliantly to life both the war itself and the historic figures who fought it on the great stage of England. 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.

The first battle erupted in 1455, when the corrupt, the first Lancastrian king, hedonistic Richard II was sadistically murdered, and Henry IV, but the roots of the conflict reached back to the dawn of the fifteenth century, seized England's throne. For much of the fifteenth century, these two families were locked in battle for control of the British monarchy.

The Wars of the Roses #ad - Kings were murdered and deposed. Old noble names were ruined while rising dynasties seized power and lands. Here are the queens who changed history through their actions--the chic, henry v's queen; the ruthless, unconventional Katherine of Valois, a far tougher and more powerful character than her husband, Henry VI, most crucially, social-climbing Elizabeth Wydville; and, Margaret of Anjou,, and a central figure in the Wars of the Roses.


A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower

Ballantine Books #ad - 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. In 1483, kate travels to london for Richard’s coronation, and her world changes forever. Is nothing short of riveting.

Library journal starred review   “No one alive knows as much about the Tudors as Weir. 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.

A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower #ad - Involving the mysterious tragic fate of the young Princes in the Tower. A richly layered cake of love, sex, death, danger, and mystery. Sunday express UK. In this rich and layered tapestry, Katherine and Kate discover that possessing royal blood can prove to be a dangerous inheritance. Look for special features inside and an excerpt from Alison Weir's Captive Queen.

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.


Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 1

Ballantine Books #ad - If this greatly impressive inaugural installment is any indication, Tudor lovers have much to look forward to. Booklist starred review   “Vividly detailed. In this captivating opening volume, weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, devoted, Henry’s first, and “true” queen.

The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs ferdinand and Isabella, and heir to the English throne, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage—and Arthur, Prince of Wales, has won her hand. Weir’s portrayal is far from that of a weak, strong, victimized woman, but one of a courageous, devoted queen fighting for her life and rights.

Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 1 #ad - . Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, indomitable, she emerges as a charismatic, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall. Tracy borman, author of thomas cromwell   “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.

. 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. Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine’s maid of honor, Anne Boleyn.


Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 2

Ballantine Books #ad - Weir’s fictional anne is ferociously smart and guilty of nothing but craving the power that's rightfully hers to claim. Npr “one of historical fiction’s most compelling and exciting portraits of the enduringly fascinating and mysterious Anne Boleyn. Lancashire evening post “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.

Booklist. 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 tale of anne’s ascent and demise cannot escape comparisons with Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall series. The times “a tragic, misrepresented figure, one of history’s original nasty women.

Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 2 #ad - There, and later in france, Anne thrives, preferring to absorb the works of progressive writers rather than participate in courtly flirtations. Psychologically penetrating. Historical novels Review “Immaculately researched and convincing. 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.