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Publisher's Summary

The complete Six Tudor Queens short-story collection by acclaimed historian and Sunday Times best-selling author Alison Weir.

Behind every great king stands a queen. And behind every queen, the whole court watches on....

Over the years of his reign, six different women took their place beside King Henry VIII of England as his wife and queen.

But the real stories of the six Tudor queens belong to those who lived among them. Played out in glittering palaces and whispering courts, these are tales of the people who loved and served these women, and those who lied and betrayed them.

Collected together for the first time, In the Shadow of Queens reveals 13 startling stories from the Tudor court, told by those at the very heart of that world.  

Groundbreaking truth. Breathtaking fiction.

©2021 Alison Weir (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This brilliant series has brought Henry VIII's six wives to life as never before." (Tracy Borman)

"Detailed, immaculately researched and convincing." (The Times)

"Lingers long after the last page is turned." (Elizabeth Fremantle)

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  • 11-14-21

Good but....

I was very much enjoying this book so its a real shame that the second to last chapter ended abruptly and unfinished... ill never know what the doctor said or did for little Mary... not o e of lifestyle big mysteries but annoying all the same.

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  • 10-10-21

Not one of her best

I usually thoroughly enjoy Alison Weir’s books, she is always meticulous in detail. However, I didn’t enjoy all the stories and it became difficult to follow when the book went chronologically back and forth. It may be my simple brain but I struggled to cope. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy the last few novellas as I found it hard to fit into context.

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  • 10-19-21

Fiction it is but more so

Father Andre is a blind priest and tutor to Arthur Tudor Prince of Wales. In the next chapter this same BLIND tutor is reading, correcting and praising the Princes’ letter.

This is just one of the errors only in the first chapter. But overall, it reads like a fairy tale which it definitely was not. Not recommended