Would readers be correct to assume that "AW" refers to Alison Weir? If so, I will say that Weir's writing style is certainly entertaining, but she has no formal training in research methodologies or historiography (i.e., she does not have a university degree in History). I always refer to her as a "writer of popular histories but not a historian." But that is just this trained historian's opinion. Still, I know many academic historians who have expressed to me a similarly less-than-favorable opinion of Weir's efforts. Her books are acceptable if you want only to be entertained with a "based on real events" kind of story. But if you want actually to learn about history, you should look elsewhere, in my opinion. Nonetheless, she has legions of avid fans.
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