Popular historian Alison Weir has crafted best-selling biographies of such prominent icons as King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. A master at uncovering fascinating and little-known details, Weir brings these historical figures to life with a brilliant blend of entertainment and scholarship. No English queen has drawn more ire than the vilified Queen Isabella. Weir, at long last, delivers the definitive biography of one of the most controversial members of English royalty.
©2005 Alison Weir (P)2005 Recorded Books
Anyone with an interest in discovering the many facets of the truth behind some of English history's most notorious events will be riveted by this straightforward account that presents the facts as recorded and puts them into context of the myths that have survived.
Too many to mention.
One of the finest readers I have ever heard.
If you even think you might like medieval history, don't miss this; the entire age in presented in a way that fills you with actual documented facts that are more amazing than historical fiction.
Lisette Lecat is a wonderful reader with a lovely voice and perfect diction, in French [this is rare!] no less than in English. I returned to the audible website with the intention of buying whatever other book she might have recorded and was disappointed not to find any within my range of interest. She is the only reader to so rouse my enthusiasm. I am incapable of imagining a better one.
I was particularly struck by Queen Isabella losing her immense popularly because she made peace with Scotland rather than committing resources and lives to continuing a war that was hard if not impossible to win.
I was also amazed at how the canny Mortimer, abetted by Isabella, so quickly slid into the same kind of arrogance and rapaciousness that had brought about the Despensers' and Edward II's downfall.
I doubt if anybody would want to listen to 21 hours in one sitting.
This book filled in some important gaps in my knowledge and understanding of 14th century history and quite held my interest throughout. It made me realize yet again how much one needs to go into the details to build up a sense of history.
Like the other books I've listened to written by Ms. Weir, this was yet another example of excellent research matched with interesting bits of information about the time and culture in which she narrates the character's life. Wonderful listening.
I enjoy the writer and the narrator , this book is nothing but a chronological order or dates and names it's exhausting to listen too .
I thought the history would be woven into a story as it was in The Captive Queen.
It was just like a history lesson.
"Well I solved my insomnia.."
I love both the author and the narrator, however this book wasn't for me. If i have trouble sleeping, the subject matter and the gentle tones of Lisette Lecat help me on my way to slumberland.
To be perfectly honest, It can't be improved upon, it's just dry.
Oh lissette did an excellent job.
If you love the subject matter yes, if you want excitement no.
"A cure for Insomnia"
A better narrator, this narrator put me to sleep listening to her slow speech.
Written it as a more exciting drama. Less description , More story.
She was slow, had no interest in her voice and flat tone.
Dissapointment, was looking for more of a story. This was like a shopping list
Yes . Would definitely like to return this book. After listening for about an hour I was Bored.Waste of a credit.
"a good book but very boring narrator"
I'm a real history boff and was really looking forward to listening to this but was very disappointed.the content is good but the narrators voice just seemed to drone on and I actually fell asleep a couple of times!
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