Posted By Claire on July 26, 2010
When I met Alison Weir a few weeks ago I asked her to sign a copy of her latest book, “The Captive Queen”, so that I could auction it here in aid of the Mary Rose 500 Appeal which The Anne Boleyn Files is supporting. The book is a brand new hardback and features Alison’s signature on the title page.
Between now and midnight (PST) on Friday 30th July, you can bid by leaving a comment below, giving your bid for this signed book in $US. If you’d prefer your bid to be anonymous to the public you can email me your bid at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add it as an anonymous comment on your behalf. Bidding starts at $15 and every cent goes to the Mary Rose Appeal.
We welcome bidders from all over the world.
I will announce the winning bidder on Saturday 31st July here on the site.
The Captive Queen
Alison Weir’s “The Captive Queen” is a fictional novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Here is the blurb from Amazon UK:-
“It is the year 1152 and a beautiful woman of thirty, attended by only a small armed escort, is riding like the wind southwards through what is now France, leaving behind her crown, her two young daughters and a shattered marriage to Louis of France, who had been more like a monk than a king, and certainly not much of a lover. This woman is Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and her sole purpose now is to return to her vast duchy and marry the man she loves, Henry Plantagenet, a man destined for greatness as King of England. Theirs is a union founded on lust which will create a great empire stretching from the wilds of Scotland to the Pyrenees. It will also create the devil’s brood of Plantagenets – including Richard Coeur de Lion and King John – and the most notoriously vicious marriage in history.
“The Captive Queen” is a novel on the grand scale, an epic subject for Alison Weir. It tells of the making of nations, and of passionate conflicts: between Henry II and Thomas Becket, his closest friend who is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on his orders; between Eleanor and Henry’s formidable mother Matilda; between father and sons, as Henry’s children take up arms against him; and, finally between Henry and Eleanor herself.”
The Mary Rose 500 Appeal
Here at The Anne Boleyn Files, we have pledged to raise £500 for the Mary Rose 500 Appeal, an appeal to help the Mary Rose Trust raise £1 million to help build the new purpose-built Mary Rose Museum and complete the conservation of this famous Tudor ship with all of its 19,000 wonderful Tudor artefacts. The new museum will be an amazing resource to educate people about Tudor life and times, and it will be wonderful to finally have these artefacts on display for people to enjoy.
Thanks so much for your support and for helping us to raise funds for this worthwile appeal. Good luck and get bidding!