'Go too far on Tudor-speak, all hey-nonny-nonny, [and] you'll alienate your readers': Alison Weir, historical fiction, and the representation of Tudor history

Hilary Jane Locke*

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Alison Weir is a popular historian well-known for her biographies of Tudor historical figures, such as Henry VIII, his six wives, and Elizabeth I. Weir has also written nine historical fiction novels, including the 'Six Tudor Queens' series. This article argues that the 'Six Tudor Queens' is Weir's way of responding to popular, yet inaccurate, depictions of these historical figures, such as in the Showtime series The Tudors. These novels are designed to assert her authority over Tudor history and the article interrogates how Weir communicates her relationship to history through her public discussions and in the paratexts to the novels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-169
Number of pages19
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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