British author Alison Weir has immersed herself in a love affair with history since she was 14. She even managed to write a biography of Anne Boleyn, a three-volume work on the Tudor dynasty and several historical plays by age 15.
Go back in time with the London native via an in-depth look at her novel "Captive Queen" Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Greenwich Library.
"Captive Queen" is based on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, a French queen whose marriage to the future King Henry II of England would lead to the Plantagenet dynasty. She was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.
"There are many things," Weir says in a press release, "that eluded me and every other person who wants to find out the truth about Eleanor. What she looked like, her relationships with her husbands and children, the truth about her rumored sexual adventures, her reasons for separating from Henry II, her whereabouts and activities and the true extent of her political power. The fragments of information do not give us a whole picture."
Weir's book wastes no time delving into these topics, whisking readers into the intrigues of Eleanor's loves, lust, power and imprisonment.
Weir is well-known for "The Six Wives of Henry VIII," "Princes in the Tower," "Children of Henry VIII," "Life of Elizabeth I," "The Lady Elizabeth" and "The Lady in The Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn." Attend Weir's talk and learn the meaning of "Captive" in her book's title.
Diane's Books, 8A Grigg St., will provide copies of the book for purchase and signing. The ongoing AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series and is free and open to the public.
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