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Welcome to the official website of the British author and historian Alison Weir.


Alison Weir is the biggest-selling female historian (and the fifth best-selling historian) in the United Kingdom since records began in 1997. She has published thirty titles and sold more than 3 million books - over a million in the UK and 2.2 million in the USA. She is now working on two concurrent series of books: Six Tudor Queens, comprising six novels on the wives of Henry VIII (with associated e-books, above), and England's Medieval Queens, a quartet of historical works of non-fiction.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE HEADLINE PUBLISHING GROUP:

‘WHAT WILL SHE WRITE NEXT?’
IT’S TIME TO REVEAL ALL…

Headline Publishing Group is delighted to reveal the brand-new trio of novels by the bestselling female historian and novelist, Alison Weir, whose era-defining Six Tudor Queens series has hit the Sunday Times bestseller hardback chart six times in six years.

The Tudor Rose series will span three generations of history’s most iconic family, the Tudors. The first book is a groundbreaking novelisation of the woman who began it, Elizabeth of York. The second novel is a unique take on Henry VIII as you’ve never seen him before. And the final book centres on one of the most maligned queens in history, Mary I.

Alison says: ‘I am thrilled to be revisiting in fiction the ever-compelling stories of the Tudors, to be looking at three generations – mother, son, daughter – and the threads that link them. After the Six Tudor Queens novels, I was eager to write from Henry VIII’s point of view. I’m delighted to tell not only his story, but also those of his mother, Elizabeth of York, and his daughter, Mary I, often known as ‘Bloody Mary’. Elizabeth played a huge part in shaping Henry, who inherited not only his crown from her, but also her dynastic links. But for her sex, Elizabeth would have reigned over England; it was left to Mary, her granddaughter, to rule as the first English queen regnant. My warmest thanks go to the wonderful team at Headline for making it possible for me to continue recounting the amazing tales of the Tudors.’






On 3rd December, Vintage will be republishing five books from the UK backlist:




ABOVE - RECENT, NEW AND FORTHCOMING BOOKS

Top row, left to right:



KATHERYN HOWARD: THE TAINTED QUEEN
UK paperback, 4th February 2021

QUEENS 0F THE CRUSADES
The second book in the England's Medieval Queens series
US hardback, 23rd February 2021

KATHARINE PARR: THE SIXTH WIFE
The sixth book in the Six Tudor Queens series
US hardback, 11th May 2021

KATHARINE PARR: THE SIXTH WIFE
The sixth book in the Six Tudor Queens series
UK hardback, 13th May 2021

KATHARINE PARR: THE SIXTH WIFE
The sixth book in the Six Tudor Queens series
Australian and New Zealand hardback, 13th May 2021

Bottom row, left to right:


KATHERYN HOWARD: THE SCANDALOUS QUEEN
The fifth book in the Six Tudor Queens series
US paperback, 18th May 2021

THE QUEEN'S CHILD
UK e-short, 10th June 2021

IN THIS NEW SEPULCHRE
UK e-short, 8th July 2021

IN THE SHADOW OF QUEENS: TALES FROM THE TUDOR COURT
UK hardback, 30th September 2021


QUEENS OF THE CRUSADES
UK paperback, 21st October 2021




THE SIX TUDOR QUEENS SERIES

Win the whole set! A competition for US readers, open until 23rd May 2021! To enter, please visit:
https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/alison-weir-tudor-queens-library

Over 300,000 copies sold in the UK!

You can read my blog posts on the series at https://hforhistory.co.uk/h-for-history-posts/










"Thanks to its sheer comprehensiveness and ambition,this six-book series looks likely to become a landmark in historical fiction." (The Times)





SIX TUDOR QUEENS UK e-shorts:

SIX TUDOR QUEENS: TELLING A NEW STORY (10th March 2016)
ARTHUR, PRINCE OF THE ROSES (10th November 2016)
THE BLACKENED HEART (9th March 2017)
THE TOWER IS FULL OF GHOSTS TODAY (31st October 2017)
THE CHATEAU OF BRIIS (11th January 2018)
THE GRANDMOTHER'S TALE (8th March 2018)
THE UNHAPPIEST LADY IN CHRISTENDOM (6th September 2018)
THE CURSE OF THE HUNGERFORDS (4th April 2019)
THE KING'S PAINTER (19th September 2019)
THE PRINCESS OF SCOTLAND (2nd April 2020)
THE WICKED WIFE (21st January 2020)
THE QUEEN'S CHILD (10th June 2021)
IN THIS NEW SEPULCHRE (8th July 2021)


To purchase UK e-books from overseas:
1: Log into your Amazon account.
2: Go to 'content and devices' on the drop menu.
3: Click 'settings' (over to the right, in blue letters)
4: Scroll down to 'country settings', and click ‘change your country’. (This will only be temporary)
5: Enter a UK address (google UK address samples and choose a generic address)
6: You will now have access to UK titles. Buy the book you want and download it to your device.
7: Go through the same process to change the country settings back.


The ENGLAND'S MEDIEVAL QUEENS quartet




 


Historical biography, especially of people who lived centuries ago, is more often than not the piecing together of fragments of information and trying to make sense of them. We cannot know our subjects as we know those of our own time: we can only infer so much about them from the sources of the period and memorials they left behind. My favourite novelist, Norah Lofts, could not have put it more succinctly when she wrote, in The Brittle Glass (1942): 'And so out of the bits and pieces I could gather, out of my own imaginings and speculations, I built up a picture and a story... After all, how much nearer, even with much documentary evidence, can we come to understanding any one of the myriad dead who have gone to their graves, carrying their real secrets, of motive and essence and personality, into the silence with them?"