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Henry VIII’s Marriage to Jane Seymour by Alison Weir

Just before dawn on 25 January 1533, a small group of people gathered in the King’s private chapel in Whitehall Palace for Henry VIII’s secret wedding to Anne. ‘It has been reported throughout a great […]

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Ladies in Waiting – Alison Weir

The wives of Henry VIII were served by a hierarchy of female attendants, mostly of noble and gentle birth. These were the women who resided with her in her private apartments – a chaste female […]

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Is this really Anne Boleyn – Alison Weir

This engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar, dated 1649 (above right), is not – as has long been accepted – of the unlabelled British Museum drawing by Holbein (above, left), which is popularly identified as Anne Boleyn, […]

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Anne Boleyn – A Spring Without Roses by Alison Weir

The background to The Chateau of Briis is the court of the sybaritic and notoriously licentious King François I, who epitomised all the ideals expected of, and admired in, a Renaissance monarch. Anne Boleyn spent […]

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Discover the audio editions of Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series

It’s #LoveAudio Week this week, and we’re celebrating some of our best-loved historical authors and their audiobooks. Up today is the brilliant Alison Weir, author of the Six Tudor Queens series. Katherine of Aragon: The […]

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Anne Boleyn on 19th May 1536 – Alison Weir

On 19th May, 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was beheaded for treason, having been accused of adultery with five men, one her own brother, and with plotting the death of the King. […]

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THE HISTORY BEHIND THE FICTION: Anne Boleyn’s Brothers – Alison Weir

It is often claimed that two of Anne Boleyn’s brothers died as infants. The cross brass of young ‘Thomas Bullayne’ in Penshurst Church, Kent, describes him as the son of Sir Thomas Boleyn, who was […]

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True or False? Anne Boleyn Quiz

For publication of the latest in her Six Tudor Queens series Alison Weir has put together this true or false quiz about Henry VIIIs second wife. The second captivating novel in the Six Tudor Queens […]

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The Story Behind THE BLACKENED HEART – Alison Weir

Rumours that Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon, was poisoned, current after her death in 1536, have always intrigued me, and when it came to writing my novel, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, […]

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The True Queen by Alison Weir

For publication of her novel, KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN, in paperback Alison Weir looks at whether Katherine of Aragon was the true queen of England.    Was Katherine of Aragon right to make […]

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How Did Henry VIII become a monster? by Alison Weir

Alison Weir, author of KATHERINE OF ARAGON: THE TRUE QUEEN, the first in her Six Tudor Queens series looks at a common misconception about Henry VIII…   I would like to correct a misconception about […]

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Christmas with the Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Christmas in Tudor England is always described as a season of great feasting and revelry, but, then as now, it was a time when sadness was more poignant. That was sometimes the reality of the […]

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