Alison Weir is a popular British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens.

Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She has no formal training as a historian.

Weir has been criticised for an uncritical use of sources; however, she retains a wide following of loyal readers. Most of her books are best-sellers in the UK.


  • Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (latest edition, 2002)
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1991)
  • The Princes in the Tower (1992)
  • The Wars of the Roses (1994)
  • The Children of England: the Heirs of King Henry VIII (1996)
  • The Life of Elizabeth I (1998)
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life (1999)
  • Henry VIII: The King and His Court (2001)
  • Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley (2003)