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  • Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir
    Mistress of the Monarchy (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    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. Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. But her story had truly begun two years earlier, when she was appointed governess to the...

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  • Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir
    Elizabeth of York (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    A biography of the first Tudor queen, who was the only living descendent of Yorkist King Edward IV, and mother of the infamous Henry VIII, sheds new light on the life of this enigmatic woman and mother of the Tudor dynasty.

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  • Princes in the Tower, the by Alison Weir
    Princes in the Tower, the (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, remain two of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. Did Richard III really kill "the Princes in the Tower," as is commonly believed, or was the murderer someone else entirely? Carefully examining every shred of contemporary evidence...

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  • The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir
    The Wars of the Roses (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    Lancaster and York. For much of the fifteenth century, these two families were locked in battle for control of the English throne. Kings were murdered and deposed. Armies marched on London. Old noble names were ruined while rising dynasties seized power and lands. The war between the royal houses of Lancaster and York, the most complex in English history, profoundly altered the course of the...

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  • A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
    A Dangerous Inheritance (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    A tale inspired by the life of Lady Jane Gray's sister, Katherine, interweaves the story of her imprisonment in the Tower of London with the fates of three other prisoners including Kate Plantagenet and boy princes Edward and Richard.

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  • Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir
    Eleanor of Aquitaine (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    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. 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. In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of this truly exceptional woman, and provides new insights into her intimate world. Eleanor of Aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, and in this stunning narrative, Weir captures the woman? and the queen?in all her glory. With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era.

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  • Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
    Innocent Traitor (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    A fictional portrait of Lady Jane Grey, the great-niece of Henry VIII, follows her turbulent life against the backdrop of Tudor power politics and religious upheaval, from her youth, to her nine-day reign as Queen of England, to its tragic aftermath.

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  • The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
    The Children of Henry VIII (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    Recounts the lives of Henry VIII's heirs and the intrigues that arose from their struggle to ascend their father's throne

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  • Henry VIII by Alison Weir
    Henry VIII (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    At the beginning of the reign of Henry VIII, his virtues were extolled by those who served him. How does the adulation the young King initially inspired of the court compare to the subsequent attitudes his courtiers held toward him? In which ways was he burdened by unrealistic expectations? How did the King manipulate his early reputation to his advantage? 2. It's an adage that a man can often be judged by the company he keeps. How did this prove true of Henry VIII? How much choice did he have over who comprised the court, and how much of it was determined by external factors (for example, tradition, custom, blood ties, or the influence of others)? 3. How did the rich physical appearance of the court and his various palaces reflect the way that Henry VIII felt about himself and his place in the world? Why were opulent surroundings, including innovations in architecture, so important to him? How did the physical arrangement of the King's palaces establish the hierarchy of his courtiers? 4. What characteristics of a courtier do you think that the King held in highest regard? Which characteristics were undesirable? Can you apply these to advisors of leaders in modern times? In your opinion, which of the King's courtiers was most successful in serving Henry VIII? Who was the most successful in advancing his own personal interests? 5. How did the itinerant nature of the court and its constant movement from place to place affect its makeup? How might it have been different--both physically and politically--if it had been permanently situated in one spot? 6. The Privy Council and the Privy Chamber formed the most elite core of Henry's courtiers and advisors. Was this similar or different to the setup of the King's father, Henry VII? What were the differences between the two groups? How did these individuals wield their influence? How did Henry VIII's mistrust of the gentry shape the court, and how did it prove less constrained by a strict social hierarchy than the outside world as a whole at that time? 7. At the time of Henry VIII's kingship, the ideas of the Renaissance were flourishing. Which of these ideas were most influential to the King and his court? How did influential humanists--for example, Petrarch or Sir Thomas More--shape the thoughts and policies of the King? How was the King's warlike spirit at odds with the opinions of his humanist friends and confidants? 8. Thomas Wolsey enjoyed a spectacular rise to power, becoming a cardinal who was considered as powerful--or even more--than his master, Henry VIII. Which attributes make him indispensable to the King? How does he arouse antipathy from the others around him? What role does his background, breeding, and personal ambition play in his rise and eventual downfall? What purpose did Wolsey serve for both his friends and his enemies? 9. How could the King's favor--or displeasure--toward a courtier affect their fortunes? Examples to discuss could include Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell, Archbishop Cranmer, Sir Thomas More, the Duke of Suffolk, Sir Nicholas Carew, and Fray Diego Fernandez. 10. Henry VIII's love for Anne Boleyn changed not only the court, but also the path of England. It led to the King's 'Great Matter'--his desire to nullify his marriage to Queen Katherine of Aragon. How did this issue factionalize the court? What issues do you believe it eclipsed, and which did it bring to the forefront? How did the religious climate of the time, and Luther's 95 Theses in particular, also affect the question of religion? 11. Anne Boleyn positioned herself as a paragon of virtue and morality. How did this contrast with her ascent to the throne and some of her own personal characteristics? How did her influence compare to that enjoyed by Katherine, and how did pomp and patronage play into her reign? How did the opinion held of her by the courtiers evolve, and how did that compare to public's view of her? What attributes that initially attracted Henry to her proved to be her undoing? 12. Thomas Cromwell was the second powerful figure to take precedence in the court of Henry VIII. How did he compare to Wolsey? In which ways did Cromwell wield more influence on the King and on the policies of England than Wolsey? Why? How was his downfall similar to that of Wolsey? How was he merely the victim of his adversaries? 13. How did the question of succession shape not only Henry VIII's marriages and liaisons, but also the court in general? How did the birth of Prince Edward affect this? What type of relationship do you believe that Henry's children by three different mothers enjoyed with one another? In particular, how did the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth thrive? What restrictions were placed upon it? 14. How did the lavish spending on coronations, palaces, queens, and wartime activity affect the later years of the King? How did he react to the constant scourge of plague and illness? 15. How was the Reformation of Henry VIII a dividing point between the conservatives and the radicals of his court? How was the Act of Six Articles, which established the doctrine of the Church of England as law, received by both groups? What elements of the Act most reflected Renaissance thinking? 16. How did Henry's advisors use the King's faith to their own advantage, often in ousting their enemies? How did his position of head of the Church influence the King and his way of thinking? In your opinion, how much of his faith was motivated by personal desires (for example, the nullification of his marriages)? 17. How did the various wives--particularly Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn--wield power and influence? How were they employed to advance the interests of particular courtiers, especially in regard to alliances with other countries? Which causes were advanced by each Queen? 18. How were at least three of the wives removed from power by the maneuverings of the King, the court, or both? Do you think that the influence enjoyed by women in Henry VIII's court was unusual based on the gender attitudes of the time? Why or why not? 19. At the close of his life, Henry VIII had grown quite ill. How did this affect the day-to-day workings of the court and the King's advisors? How would you characterize the management style of the King? Would you say that Henry VIII was by nature a laissez-faire manager, or was he merely forced to become one because of his failing health? Why or why not?

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  • Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
    Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen (English, Hardback) Alison Weir

    Living at court as lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour is horrified when Henry VIII shunts the queen aside to pursue Anne Boleyn, whose failure to produce a male heir causes Jane herself to be targeted by the king.

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  • Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
    Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    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. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry's first, devoted, and "true" queen....

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  • Anne Boleyn, a King's Obsession by Alison Weir
    Anne Boleyn, a King's Obsession (English, Hardback) Alison Weir

    Henry VIII risks his marriage and the political strategies of Cardinal Wolsey in his obsession with Anne Boleyn, who does not welcome the king's advances and loathes the cardinal for breaking her betrothal to Harry Percy.

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  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    This volume profiles each of Henry VIII's six wives, describing their backgrounds, personalities, relationship to the king, and ultimate demise, and shows how each reflected the perceptions of women and marriage at the time.

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  • Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir
    Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    Reexamines the relationship between Mary, Queen of Scots, and her ambitious second husband, Lord Darnley, and investigates Darnley's 1567 murder to assess Mary's possible involvement and to solve a four-hundred-year-old mystery.

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  • Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir
    Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen (English, Hardback) Alison Weir

    Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon, after being widowed from the future King of England, marries his brother and shares a happy marriage that is overshadowed by her failure to bear a healthy son and the king's growing obsession with another woman.

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  • The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
    The Lady in the Tower (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    An account of Henry VIII's second wife's final days seeks to vindicate her from popular negative perceptions while offering insight into additional nuances that affected her character and marriage to the infamous monarch.

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  • The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
    The Lady Elizabeth (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    A fictional portrait of the tumultuous early life of Queen Elizabeth I describes her perilous path to the throne of England and the scandal, political intrigues, and religious turmoil she confronted along the way.

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  • Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir
    Queens of the Conquest (English, Paperback) Alison Weir

    In the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling author Alison Weir brings the dramatic reigns of England's medieval queens to life....

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  • Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
    Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen (English, Hardback) Alison Weir

    In the third captivating novel of her epic Six Tudor Queens series, acclaimed author and historian Alison Weir brings to life Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII's most cherished bride and mother of his only legitimate male heir. Bringing new insight to this compelling story, Weir marries meticulous research with gripping historical fiction to re-create the dramas and intrigues of the most renowned...

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  • The Marriage Game by Alison Weir
    The Marriage Game (English, Hardback) Alison Weir

    Queen Elizabeth and Lord Robert Dudley conduct a scandalous relationship marked by rumors about an illegitimate child and the suspicious death of his wife.

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