We are delighted to be welcoming Alison Weir to the festival, the biggest selling female historian in the UK. Weir has published twenty-three titles and sold more than 2.7 million books - over a million in the UK and more than 1.7 million in the USA. As part of Morley Arts Festival, Alison Weir will deliver a talk on her most recent novel, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen
The lives of Henry VIII’s queens make for dramatic stories. In her new novel, the first in a series of six, Alison Weir tells the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon, the King’s first wife, drawing on new research and keeping closely to the historical record. She approaches her tale from Katherine’s point of view, which affords an intimate psychological perspective on this indomitable, courageous and principled woman.
Was Katherine’s union with Prince Arthur consummated? What happens when a happy royal marriage is overshadowed by dynastic pressures, doubts and the allure of an ambitious woman?
Alison Weir evokes a court peopled by the luminaries of the early Tudor age – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and the magnificent figure of Henry VIII himself – a young, and athletic Henry, not yet marred by frustration and disappointment. They live in a lost world of splendour and brutality, dominated by faith and by momentous religious change – a world in which there were few saints. This was Katherine’s world, and we can only understand her properly within its context.
Featuring a Q&A and book signing, this is a must for all those with an interest in Tudor history.
‘Alison Weir has perfected the art of bringing history to life’ Chicago Tribune