Divorced, beheaded, died. The lives of Henry VIII’s wives make for dramatic stories.
In her six novels Alison Weir offers new insights into the lives of these six queens. Based on new research and theories, she evokes the world of a court dominated by the will of an egomaniacal, suggestible king, and the ruthless power politics that were the reality behind its magnificent façade. She relates how Henry’s six queens lived a hair’s breadth away from disaster, and how it frequently overtook them.
Theirs are grim and tragic stories, set in a lost world of splendour and brutality. A world in which love, or the game of it, dominated, but dynastic pressures overrode romance. In this world, one dominated by religious change, there are few saints.
Alison Weir is the United Kingdom’s most popular and best-selling female historian, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. Rich in detailed research, Alison’s engaging prose has captured the interest and imagination of countless people, instilling a love of history that has influenced the career paths of historians, historical novelists and teachers, while also greatly increasing knowledge of medieval and Tudor English history among people throughout the world. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.
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