Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

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Ballantine Books #ad - The first child of king Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as that of a male heir. 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.

Praise for elizabeth of York   “Weir tells Elizabeth’s story well. Now new york times 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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

She was the wife of henry VII and mother of Henry VIII.

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

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Ballantine Books #ad - Spanning the years from the norman conquest in 1066 to the dawn of a new era in 1154, the first norman king; matilda of scotland, including: matilda of Flanders, when Henry II succeeded to the throne and Eleanor of Aquitaine, England’s first female ruler, revered as “the common mother of all England”; and Empress Maud, wife of William the Conqueror, was crowned, the first Plantagenet queen, this epic book brings to vivid life five women, 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. Fans of her fiction and nonfiction will enjoy this latest work. Library journal starred review   “Another sound feminist resurrection by a seasoned historian. In the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling author Alison Weir brings the dramatic reigns of England’s medieval queens to life.

Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One #ad - Though norman queens were largely unknowable, leave it to this prolific historical biographer to bring them to life. What emerges is a seamless royal saga, an all-encompassing portrait of English medieval queenship, and a sweeping panorama of British history. Now esteemed biographer Alison Weir provides a fresh perspective and restores these women to their rightful place in history.

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The Wars of the Roses

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Ballantine Books #ad - Old noble names were ruined while rising dynasties seized power and lands. Both henry iv and his son, ruled england ably, the cold warrior Henry V, if not always wisely--but Henry VI proved a disaster, both for his dynasty and his kingdom. For much of the fifteenth century, these two families were locked in battle for control of the British monarchy.

Only nine months old when his father's sudden death made him king, weak, Henry VI became a tormented and pathetic figure, sexually inept, and prey to fits of insanity. Kings were murdered and deposed. 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, the first lancastrian king, hedonistic Richard II was sadistically murdered, and Henry IV, when the corrupt, but the roots of the conflict reached back to the dawn of the fifteenth century, seized England's throne. 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. 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. Lancaster and York.

The Wars of the Roses #ad - Here are the queens who changed history through their actions--the chic,, margaret of Anjou, Henry VI, social-climbing Elizabeth Wydville; and, a far tougher and more powerful character than her husband, Henry V's queen; the ruthless, most crucially, unconventional Katherine of Valois, and a central figure in the Wars of the Roses.

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Avalon: A Novel

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Mariner Books #ad - Bound by his vow to her dying mother, Rumon brings Merewyn safely to England, keeping hidden the shameful secret of her birth. A novel of england during the viking era, from an author who “has vividly and colorfully portrayed life during the tumultuous Dark Ages” Historical Novels Review. Chance—or fate—in the form of a shipwreck off the Cornish coast brought Rumon and Merewyn together, and from that hour their lives were intertwined.

Prince rumon of france, descendant of Charlemagne and King Alfred, was a searcher. The last quarter of the tenth century was a time of conflict and exploration—while the Anglo-Saxons fought against the Vikings, Norsemen voyaged into the unknown looking for new lands to pillage, and so discovered America.

Avalon: A Novel #ad - . He considers his responsibility ended. From the beloved bestselling author of katherine and Dragonwyck, this is a romantic tale of history and adventure “characterized by an authentic sense of time” The New York Times Book Review. At court, he is dazzled by the beautiful Queen Alfrida—but when a murderous truth is revealed, he turns to Merewyn, only to discover that he may have lost her.

And he will journey across the Atlantic to find her again .  .  . He had visions of the islands of the blessed, perhaps King Arthur’s Avalon, or rain, “where falls not hail, or any snow.

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Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household

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Basic Books #ad - Henry viii tripped over his dogs. They entertain their friends and eat and worry about money. James i had to cut back on the alcohol bills. In behind the throne, taking the reader on a remarkable journey from one queen elizabeth to another and exploring life as it was lived by clerks and courtiers and clowns and crowned heads: the power struggles and petty rivalries, the tension between duty and desire, historian Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the reality of five centuries of life at the English court, the practicalities of cooking dinner for thousands and of ensuring the king always won when he played a game of tennis.

Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household #ad - A masterful and witty social history of five centuries of royal life, Behind the Throne offers a grand tour of England's grandest households. George ii threw his son out of the house. An "enchanting" upstairs/downstairs history of the British royal court, from the Middle Ages to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II Wall Street Journal.

Monarchs: they're just like us.

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Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort

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The History Press #ad - The wars of the Roses were not just fought by men on the battlefield. From katherine swynford and catherine of valois's secret liaisons to the love lives of Mary de Bohun and Jacquetta of Luxembourg, to the Queenship of Joan of Navarre and Margaret of Anjou, this book explores how these extraordinary women survived in extraordinary times.

This book traces the women's stories on the lancastrian side, through the turbulent 15th century to the advent of Margaret Beaufort's son in 1509, wife of John of Gaunt, from the children of Blanche, and establishment of the Tudor dynasty. There were daughters, mistresses, wives, mothers and queens whose lives and influences helped shape the most dramatic of English conflicts.

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The Princes in the Tower

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Ballantine Books #ad - Did richard iii really kill the young princes, or was the murderer someone else entirely? Carefully examining every shred of contemporary evidence as well as the dozens of modern accounts, as is commonly believed, Weir reconstructs the entire chain of events leading to the double murder to arrive at a conclusion Sherlock Holmes himself could not dispute.

The Princes in the Tower #ad - Comprehensive and insightful, the priNCES IN THE TOWER offers a unique perspective on a profound mystery. Faye kellermandespite 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.

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The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas

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

The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas #ad - 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. 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.

Her mother was a queen, cousin, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, and grandmother of monarchs.

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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Grove Press #ad - But in this “exquisite treatment, sure to become a classic” Booklist, they take on more fully realized flesh and blood than ever before. In this extraordinary work of sound and brilliant scholarship, “at last we have the truth about Henry VIII’s wives” Evening Standard. Katherine of aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; anne boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, an empty-headed wanton; and Katherine Parr, a good-natured woman who jumped at the chance of independence; Katherine Howard, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII #ad - A “brilliantly written and meticulously researched” biography of royal family life during England’s second Tudor monarch San Francisco Chronicle. Combining the accessibility of a popular history with the highest standards of a scholarly thesis”, employing every known archive—early biographies, account books, and diplomatic reports—to bring vividly to life the fates of the six queens, letters, memoirs, Alison Weir draws on the entire labyrinth of Tudor history, the machinations of the monarch they married and the myriad and ceaselessly plotting courtiers in their intimate circle The Detroit News.

Either annulled, executed, died in childbirth, bloody, or widowed, these were the well-known fates of the six queens during the tempestuous, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England from 1509 to 1547.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life Ballantine Reader's Circle

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Ballantine Books #ad - In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of a truly exceptional woman and provides new insights into her intimate world. 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.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life Ballantine Reader's Circle #ad - With astonishing historic detail, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, mesmerizing pageantry, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era. Eleanor of aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, and in this stunning narrative, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, Weir captures the woman—and the queen—in all her glory.

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.

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Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

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Ballantine Books #ad - 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.

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, sister to Queen Anne as well as mistress to Anne’s husband, in-depth biography of Mary Boleyn, Henry VIII—and one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age.

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings #ad - She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates the truth behind Mary’s notorious reputation. 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.

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.

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