Alison Weir eBooks
Alison Weir is one of the most successful female British historians, and is best known for her popular histories of British royalty. Weir was born in London in 1951 and had an early interest in history. She began training to be a history teacher, but was put off by what she called the “trendy teaching methods” that were being taught.
Her first book, Britain’s Royal Families, was published in 1989. At the time, she was working as a private special-needs educator. She had already written two additional books, but they had been rejected by publishers.
In 1991, one of these books was published as The Six Wives of Henry VIII. She had spent four years researching the topic, and the initial rejections were due to the book being too long. The other would be used as reference for her 1999 book, Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England, as well as her 2010 novel, The Captive Queen.
While researching Eleanor of Aquitaine, Weir felt that it would be liberating to write fiction. She would publish her first novel, Innocent Traitor, in 2006. To date, she has written a total of three novels and fifteen non-fiction books.
Weir’s books have been best sellers, and her focus on strong historical women has gained her significant popularity and praise. She is currently writing an additional three books, including two novels and a biography of Elizabeth of York.