Alison Plowden

Alison Margaret Chichele Plowden (18 December 1931–17 August 2007) was an English historian and biographer well known for her popular non-fiction about the Tudor period.

She was born at Quetta in India, a descendant of Edmund Plowden and, collaterally, of Henry Chichele. Privately educated, she worked for the BBC as a script editor. She wrote the script for the television series ''Mistress of Hardwick'' (about Bess of Hardwick), which won her a Writers' Guild Award for the best educational television series, and several television plays, including ''Sweet England's Pride'', and ''The Case of Eliza Armstrong''.

She later recalled: "A secretary writing scripts was a little like a performing monkey at the BBC - there was a sort of 'Fancy, what a clever little girl' attitude."

In 1970 she decided to leave the BBC to go freelance. Her first book, ‘The Young Elizabeth’ (1972), was followed by ‘Danger to Elizabeth’ (1973), ‘Marriage With My Kingdom’ (1977), about Elizabeth's courtships, and ‘Elizabeth Regina’ (1980), which presented the Queen at the height of her powers. Collectively these books became known as Alison Plowden's "Elizabethan Quartet". While working on this series she also published ‘Tudor Women’ (1979). After the quartet she wrote ‘Elizabethan England: life in an age of adventure’ (1982). In addition she wrote many drama and other scripts for BBC radio between 1963 and 1988.

Later she turned her attention to the 19th century with ‘The Young Victoria’ (1983) and ‘Caroline and Charlotte’ (1989), then the Civil War period with ‘The Stuart Princesses’ (1996), about the six princesses of the House of Stuart who lived through the violent upheavals of the 17th century. This was followed by ‘Women All on Fire’ (1998), about the activities of women on both sides of the Civil War. One of these women was Queen Henrietta Maria, of whom she published a biography in 2001. She continued with ‘In a Free Republic - life in Cromwell's England’ (2006) and the last of her 25 books ‘The Winter Queen’ (about Elizabeth Stuart, wife of Frederick V, Elector Palatine who accepted the crown of Bohemia), to be published posthumously in 2008.

She was devoted to animal welfare, and shared her home with two cats. She was unmarried. Provided by Wikipedia
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 2000
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1973
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 2003
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 2004
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1986
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by Plowden, Alison,
Published 1976
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1984
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 2003
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1977
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1998
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1991
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1983
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1976
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1998
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 2001
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1996
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1989
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1982
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1985
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by Plowden, Alison.
Published 1999
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