Alison Weir first started writing as a teenager, penning a three-volume history of the Tudors before she was fifteen. At the same time, she started the research that would eventually become the basis of her first published book, Britain’s Royal Families in 1989. Now one of Britain’s bestselling authors, Alison Weir’s other non-fiction works include Richard III and the Princes in the Tower, Eleanor of Aquitaine and The Lost Tudor Princess. In 2006, she published her first novel, Innocent Traitor. Her other fictional works include The Captive Queen, and A Dangerous Inheritance. She is currently working on the Six Tudor Queens series, focusing on the lives of the wives of Henry VIII. She is an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room (@duchessofcornwallsreadingroom) is a hub for literary communities around the world which celebrates literature in all its forms. We are greatly honoured that this will be the first collaboration with a festival and that this event will open the 2022 Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival. We are delighted to welcome Philippa Gregory, one of the world’s foremost historical novelists, for the first time, and that distinguished historian and author Alison Weir is returning to the festival. This will be a fascinating discussion about rediscovering women in history between two best-selling writers and recognised authorities on the subject.