Alison Weir (born 1951) is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens. She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.
Prince Henry has been raised with the inherited expectation that he will be one day be King and also, that he will never be denied. Anne Boleyn has little affection for the young King, though she absolutely recognizes and respects his singular determination to succeed. With the support of her ambitious family, young Anne is tasked with securing the success of the Boleyns. In the time of such masterminds as Thomas Cromwell, a woman needs to have her wits about her in order to survive the constant plots and dalliances that are part of daily life in the English court. Anne Boleyn has served in foreign courts, and eventually comes to serve the Queen of Henry VIII. Not a great beauty and not even the eldest in her family, Anne is however soon in the sights of a young monarch who does not take no for an answer.