Anne O Brien

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

“I have a long-held passion for the medieval period which has fuelled my writing in recent years. 

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 (released in March 2013) 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.  Click on The Scandalous Duchess page to read more.

What a pleasure it has been for me to develop their characters and allow these women to speak to us today.

My website will give you information about my novels and events. If you wish to contact me I will be delighted.

I very much hope you enjoy my books”.



Stop Press:  Exciting News for all lovers of Historical Fiction. My new novel of Elizabeth of Lancaster, The Kings Sister, is now available in hardback and as an eBook in the UK.


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

Sunday Express


'... a full throttle, well researched and satisfying read.'  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