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Alison Weir

Alison Weir is the biggest-selling female historian (and the fifth best-selling historian) in the United Kingdom. She has published twenty-one books and sold more than 2.7 million - over a million in the UK and more than 1.7 million in the USA. 

She will be delivering a talk in Aylsham about local heroine Anne Boleyn:


The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII`s second wife, in 1536 was unprecedented in the annals of English history.  It was sensational in its day, and has exerted endless fascination over the minds of historians, novelists, dramatists, poets, artists and film-makers ever since.  It is also the stuff of which myths and legends were made – indeed, a spin was being put on the tale within a fortnight of Anne`s death.  Anne was imprisoned in the Tower on 2nd May 1536, and tried and found guilty of high treason on 15th May.  Her supposed crimes included adultery with five men, one her own brother, and plotting the King`s death.  She was executed on 19th May.  Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to her arrest.  Alison Weir tells the story of one of the most tragic, cataclysmic and romantic episodes in history, and examines the circumstances of Anne's fall.  Hers is a thoroughly gripping story, and at its centre is one of the most charismatic, controversial, courageous and tragic heroines in history.

Earlier Event: February 25
Louis de Bernieres
Later Event: April 11
Dan Cruickshank