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Alison Margaret Chichele Plowden (18 December 1931–17 August 2007) was an English historian and biographer well known for her popular non-fiction about the Tudor period.

She was born at Quetta in India, a descendant of both Edmund Plowden and Henry Chichele. Privately educated, she worked for the BBC as a script editor. She produced the script for the television series Mistress of Hardwick (about Bess of Hardwick), which won her a Writers' Guild Award for the best educational television series, and several television plays, including Sweet England's Pride, and The Case of Eliza Armstrong.

She later recalled: "A secretary writing scripts was a little like a performing monkey at the BBC - there was a sort of 'Fancy, what a clever little girl' attitude."

In 1970 she decided to leave the BBC to go freelance. Her first book, ‘The Young Elizabeth’ (1972), was followed by ‘Danger to Elizabeth’ (1973), ‘Marriage With My Kingdom’ (1977), about Elizabeth's courtships, and ‘Elizabeth Regina’ (1980), which presented the Queen at the height of her powers. Collectively these books became known as Alison Plowden's "Elizabethan Quartet". While working on this series she also published ‘Tudor Women’ (1979). After the quartet she wrote ‘Elizabethan England: life in an age of adventure’ (1982). In addition she wrote many drama and other scripts for BBC radio between 1963 and 1988.

Later she turned her attention to the 19th century with ‘The Young Victoria’ (1983) and ‘Caroline and Charlotte’ (1989), then the Civil War period with ‘The Stuart Princesses’ (1996), about the six princesses of the House of Stuart who lived through the violent upheavals of the 17th century. This was followed by ‘Women All on Fire’ (1998), about the activities of women on both sides of the Civil War. One of these women was Queen Henrietta Maria, of whom she published a biography in 2001. She continued with ‘In a Free Republic - life in Cromwell's England’ (2006) and the last of her 25 books ‘The Winter Queen’ (about Elizabeth Stuart, wife of Frederick V, Elector Palatine who accepted the crown of Bohemia), to be published posthumously in 2008.

She was devoted to animal welfare, and shared her home with two cats. She was unmarried.

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Total Books: 60
The Young Victoria
2011 - The Young VIctoria (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780750946995
ISBN-10: 0750946997
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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The Young Elizabeth
2011 - The Young Elizabeth (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780752459431
ISBN-10: 0752459430
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Caroline and Charlotte Regency Scandals
2005 - Caroline and Charlotte Regency Scandals (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780750941730
ISBN-10: 0750941731
Genre: History
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Bausteine bungsheft 4 Allgemeine Ausgabe Neubearbeitung
2005 - Bausteine Bungsheft 4 Allgemeine Ausgabe Neubearbeitung (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783425114156
ISBN-10: 3425114158
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Elizabeth I
2004 - Elizabeth I (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780750932424
ISBN-10: 0750932422
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Women All on Fire The Women of the English Civil War
2004 - Women All on Fire the Women of the English Civil War (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750937658
ISBN-10: 0750937653
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Lady Jane Grey  Nine Days Queen
2004 - Lady Jane Grey Nine Days Queen (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780750937696
ISBN-10: 0750937696
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Two Queens in One Isle
2003 - Two Queens in One Isle (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750932394
ISBN-10: 0750932392
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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The House of Tudor
2003 - The House of Tudor (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750932400
ISBN-10: 0750932406
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Lady Jane Grey Nine Days Queen
2003 - Lady Jane Grey Nine Days Queen (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780750928168
ISBN-10: 0750928166
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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The Stuart Princesses
2003 - The Stuart Princesses (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750932387
ISBN-10: 0750932384
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Henrietta Maria Charles I's Indomitable Queen
2002 - Henrietta Maria Charles I's Indomitable Queen (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750929899
ISBN-10: 0750929898
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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Henrietta Maria
2001 - Henrietta Maria (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780750918824
ISBN-10: 0750918829
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Young Victoria
2000 - Young VIctoria (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780750925747
ISBN-10: 0750925744
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment
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Women All on Fire
2000 - Women All on Fire (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750925525
ISBN-10: 0750925523
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nonfiction
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Elizabeth Regina
2000 - Elizabeth Regina (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750921985
ISBN-10: 0750921986
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Marriage With My Kingdom The Courtships of Elizabeth I
1999 - Marriage with My Kingdom the Courtships of Elizabeth I (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750921978
ISBN-10: 0750921978
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Danger to Elizabeth
1999 - Danger to Elizabeth (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750921961
ISBN-10: 075092196X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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TWO QUEENS IN ONE ISLE The Deadly Relationship of Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots
1999 - Two Queens in One Isle the Deadly Relationship of Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780750921688
ISBN-10: 0750921684
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Young Elizabeth The First Twenty-Five Years
1999 - Young Elizabeth the First Twenty-five Years (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750921923
ISBN-10: 0750921927
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Tudor Women Queens  Commoners
1998 - Tudor Women Queens Commoners (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780750920056
ISBN-10: 075092005X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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1971 - As They Saw Her -- Elizabeth I [As they saw them series] (Other)