Anne O Brien

Welcome to the website of Anne O’Brien,
international author of historical novels.

I write about medieval history, for which I have a passion.  I write about the women, born into a world dominated by the policies of men, who are almost silent in the records of their time.  Raised under the authority of father, husband, brother, they seem to have so little to say to us.  

But is this true?  

I think they have much to say and it is my pleasure to give them a voice in the 21st century.  

Which notable medieval women can you find

in my back list?

Virgin Widow explores the harsh world of politics in the Wars of the Roses from the view of a young woman, Anne Neville, caught up in events at the very centre of the conflict.

Devil's Consort/Queen Defiant tells the astonishing story of the most notorious woman of the twelfth century, Eleanor of Aquitaine. 

The King's Concubine allows us into the flamboyant court of Edward III where Alice Perrers, infamous royal mistress rules the roost.   But is she as villainous as history would have us believe ...?

The Forbidden Queen presents Katherine de Valois, wife of England's hero King Henry V.  A glorious story of political manipulation, intense passion and ultimate tragedy.

The Scandalous Duchess takes us into the relationship between Katherine de Swynford and John of Lancaster, a relationship that broke all the rules but survived the censure of church and state.

And my new novel, released in hardback and eBook November 2015


The King's Sister is a tale of love and tragedy as the families of Plantagenet and Lancaster are torn apart by war. 


Fantastic News for all lovers of Historical Fiction. My new novel of Elizabeth of Lancaster,

The King's Sister, 

will be released in paperback on

26th February 2015 in the UK and Australia.  

One betrayal is all it takes to change history ...


 ‘Anne O’Brien has joined the exclusive club ofexcellent historical novelists.’  Sunday Express


'Her writing is highly evocative of the time period ...O'Brien has produced an epic tale.' Historical Novel Society Review


'Another excellent read from the ever-reliable Anne O'Brien. Strong characters and a great setting make this highly recommended.’          The BookBag 


'... packed with powerful emotions and tumultuous unfolding of an affair that changed the course of royal history, this is a novel in which to enjoy the past in all it rich colour and dramatic detail ...'  Lancashire Evening Post


'One of the best writers around.' The Sun  



'Anne O'Brien's novels give a voice to the 'silent' women of history.' Yorkshire Post


'Once again O'Brien proves herself a medieval history magician, conjuring up a sizzling, sweeping story.' Lancashire Evening Post