Alison Weir is
a British author and historian who has written fifteen non-fiction and
four fiction books. Born in London in 1951, she is one of the most
successful female British historians.
Wier became interested in history as a child, and began training to be a
history teacher. However, she didnít like many of the methods that were
being taught, so left that career path. Instead, she worked as a civil
servant, full-time parent, and private special-need educator before
turning to writing.
When her first book, Britainís Royal Families, was published in 1989,
Weir had already written versions of two other books that would be
published later. One would become her second published book, The Six
Wives of Henry VIII, in 1991. The other informed her 1999 non-fiction
book, Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England.
It was during her research about Eleanor of Aquitaine that she decided
to try her hand at fiction, feeling it would be liberating. Her first
novel, Innocent Traitor, was published in 2006. She wrote two other
novels: The Lady Elizabeth, published in 2008, and The Captive Queen,
published in 2010.
Her popular histories of British royalty have made Weir a best-selling
author. She has focused on the characters of strong historical women,
something that has made her writing stand out in the genre. She is
currently working on a further two novels, as well as a non-fiction book
about Elizabeth of York, the first Tudor queen.