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Subject: Alison Weir
Date Posted: 2/11/2009 5:15 PM ET
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So ... Daphne (Tanzanite) and I met in person Tuesday evening at the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver to hear Alison Weir talk about her new book, Mistress of the Monarchy. For those who don't know, the book is about Katherine Swynford, mistress of John of Gaunt and ancestor of the Tudors.

Alison was very pleasant and happy to answer questions. She obviously has a huge passion for English history. She especially seemed to relish talking about the scandalous gossip surrounding Katherine Swynford as written by judgmental monastic chroniclers. She was not afraid to express her historical opinions! (She believes John of Gaunt never slept with Katherine's sister, who was Chaucer's wife, and she thinks Elizabeth I was the virgin queen she claimed to be.)

Alison talked about the impression Anya Seton's novel, Katherine, made on her as a teenager. She thinks it is one of the best historical novels ever written. Writing a biography about Katherine had been a goal of hers for years.

She has several books due to be published. Her third novel will be about Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II and will be released in 2010. She's also planning a sequel to The Lady Elizabeth. She is writing two more biographies, about the downfalls of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard. She also has a book coming out about Perkin Warbeck and Elizabeth of York. I don't remember if that's a novel or a non-fiction book. Maybe Daphne can help me out.

Hopefully, Daphne will add her thoughts on this enjoyable evening. On a purely superficial level, I love hearing someone speak with an upper-crust British accent! 

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 5:38 PM ET
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I didn't know John of Gaunt ever did or did not sleep with Katherine's sister!

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 5:50 PM ET
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Thanks for the report, Felicia! How lucky for you to be able to take advantage of such a neat opportunity! I really appreciate your comments and thanks you for taking the time to make this post.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 5:59 PM ET
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Felicia, thank you for sharing - I'm soooo jealous!  I did notice that Costo has Mistress of the Monarchy.  Actually they had a few HF.  I was quite pleased.

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 6:26 PM ET
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That's awesome. I don't always agree with her conclusions, but she always presents them well.

I should check and see if she's headed our way. ETA - she's totally skipping the West Coast, bummer.



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Date Posted: 2/11/2009 9:20 PM ET
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I thought Ms. Weir was a very entertaining and interesting speaker.  She talks very fast and at points where she was quoting the chroniclers of the day, she would kind of straighten up and talk in a deeper voice like she was trying to immitate them - I thought that was hilarious!  I think the book on Perkin Warbeck is going to be fiction.  I seem to recall that she also mentioned she was planning on doing a book on Mary Boleyn as well (I think that one is non-fiction).

I totally agree with Felicia about the British accent!

Btw Felicia, it was so great to meet one of my "book friends"!  We'll have to keep an eye on who else is coming to town.

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Date Posted: 7/20/2010 2:57 PM ET
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What Alison Weir books do folks like the best. I got several of them yesterday for $2 a piece. I have never read her books.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/20/2010 4:02 PM ET
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So ... Daphne (Tanzanite) and I met in person Tuesday evening at the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver

How wonderful. I love the Tattered Cover. It's a must visit whenever I'm in Denver. I assume you two are nearby, so maybe one day I can meet y'all too.

Date Posted: 7/20/2010 8:29 PM ET
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To answer Alice's question, AHEM...

The only Weir I've read is her non-fiction The Six Wives of Henry VIII which I thought was excellent. I understand that her fiction is not as good -- and I know that Cathy was not at all impressed with her most recent fictional portrait of Eleanor (Captive Queen).  Sounds like she's a bit "hit or miss" so I'm eager to hear what others think as well.

Date Posted: 7/20/2010 9:04 PM ET
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I read some of her NF several years ago and enjoyed them (although I do hear her *authority* on all matters is questionable in some historical circles). I loved Innocent Traitor and passed on Lady E. And yes, I loathed Captive Queen and Daphne didn't do so well with it either.

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 9:51 AM ET
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Love, love The Tattered Cover.  Hmmmm-maybe some sporting events in the fall and a visit to my favorite bookstore.....too bad it's 7 hours away!(I'm in the SW corner of our lovely state). 

Waiting for my first Weir to arrive......  Looking forward to itsmiley

 

Jan

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 12:57 PM ET
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I read her NF Princes in the Tower, but her method of drawing conclusions ("Here's A and B, so therefore Z because I say so and it's obvious!") really put me off, so I've had no desire to check out her other titles, NF or not. I might try the Lady Jane book one day, if I trip over it.

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Date Posted: 7/21/2010 1:00 PM ET
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Well for $2 a piece the price was right. I will give one of them a try and report back.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 1:29 PM ET
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Jan - are you near Durango? I used to shop at the Tattered Cover all the time. How I miss that store. Even before they built the new one, I thought that the original one was so charming. Of course being in Cherry Creek doesn't hurt either, but how that has all grown - it's scary.

Anyway thanks for my little trip down memory lane. If I ever plan on getting back to Denver, I will have to visit that store again!

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 4:06 PM ET
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My favorite Weir is The Six Wives of Henry VIII. I also loved The Children of Henry VIII and Innocent Traitor. I still have several of her books left to read.

I live about an hour north of downtown Denver. I have to stop myself from shopping the Tattered Cover too often, because everytime I do, I spend about $300. surprise



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Date Posted: 7/21/2010 4:36 PM ET
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Jeanne-yep-about 6 miles from our beloved(and famous) train....

I too will give The Innocent Traitor a try and report in.  Jane Grey is a person that has always intrigued me since a movie I saw decades ago-with Helena Bonham-Carter and Carey Elwes.  What I've read seems to be that Jane was bullied by her family into accepted something for which she had little training and absolutely no desire-the throne of England.  Such was a woman's lot in the 1500s.....

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 5:08 PM ET
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I liked the Innocent Traitor and think she's an interesting character and not one who is written about a lot.  I read another book about her that wasn't very good at all (In the Shadow of Lady Jane

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 7:34 PM ET
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Oh Jan, what a beautiful area you live in. Too bad that they can't put a Tattered Cover store down there! and I bet Felicia lives somewhere around Greeley. I have a brother living in Greeley and a son in Denver. It sure would be great to get together with some other HF people at some point. If I am ever out that way I will give you both a heads up!, but I surely wouldn't expect people to come that distance unless there was a special event. So, if you know of anything going on in Denver that you both want to attend, let me know!!

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 8:24 PM ET
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I have a bookmark from the Tattered Cover - a friend in LIttleton loaned me a book that had it in there.

That's the closest I've been to the store, though. I lived in Denver as a kid.

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 8:42 PM ET
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I live in Denver in the development that replaced the old airport (about 20 minutes from downtown).  I really liked Innocent Traitor and enjoyed The Lady Elizabeth; practically loathed The Captive Queen.  As for her non-fiction, I couldn't stand The Princes in the Tower, thought Mistress of the Monarchy was OK and rather liked reading The Lady in the Tower.  She's definately hit-or-miss for me.  Still love the British accent though...

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 9:32 PM ET
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So, they put in a development where Stapleton used to be.. hmmm. That is so hard for me to imagine. Lots of Coloradans in this forum - yay!

As for Alison Weir, I tried Innocent Traitor and just couldn't get into it, so I haven't attempted any of her other books.

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 11:07 PM ET
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I liked Innocent Traitor and Elizabeth I.  I'm currently reading The Lady in the Tower.  Just about finished with it and its pretty good.  Still own several more of hers that I need to read but I find I can only pick up on of her NF about once every 6 months, otherwise I get too burnt out.

Date Posted: 7/22/2010 11:52 AM ET
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Jeanne, I live in Milliken, which is a small bedroom community between Greeley and Loveland/Fort Collins. I work in Loveland.

I love this area because there's so much within an hour's drive: Denver to the south, Cheyenne to the north and Rocky Mountain National Park to the west.

Date Posted: 7/22/2010 2:23 PM ET
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Ah, Felicia, another beautiful part of the country!! If you can't already tell, I really, really LOVE Colorado and I have lived in a LOT of places in this country - hard to beat Colorado!heart

Date Posted: 7/22/2010 2:51 PM ET
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Hey Jeanne-remind me of that when I whine about the 8 month long winters and the 10 feet of snow in my yard, ok? 

 

 

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