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  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch | Sally Bedell Smith

    Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
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    From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Lauren says: "3.5 stars- fascinating"
  • Who Was Queen Elizabeth? | June Eding

    Who Was Queen Elizabeth?

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By June Eding
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    The life of Queen Elizabeth I was dramatic and dangerous: cast out of her father's court at the age of three and imprisoned at 19, Elizabeth was crowned queen in 1558, when she was only 25. A tough, intelligent woman who spoke five languages, Elizabeth ruled for over 40 years and led England through one of its most prosperous periods in history.

    Colleen Calvert says: "Fun and short - good history for my eight-year-old"
  • Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times | Sarah Bradford

    Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sarah Bradford
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    Phyllida Nash reads Sarah Bradford’s absorbing and authoritative portrait of the Queen’s life and sixty-year reign - complete and unabridged. The Queen’s story is our history: she was not born to be Queen but, a media star since the age of three, she has been the most famous woman in the world for all of our lives.

    Ruth says: "Not as good as I hoped"
  • Elizabeth I: Legendary Queen of England | Michael W. Simmons

    Elizabeth I: Legendary Queen of England

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
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    For 44 years, Elizabeth I guided England through religious upheavals and plots to overthrow the government. Courted by all the most powerful princes in Europe, she baffled her advisors by refusing to marry any of them. And when England stood under threat of invasion by the most powerful nation in Europe, Elizabeth's navy destroyed the Spanish Armada so decisively that it was seen as an act of God.

  • The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I | Alison Weir

    The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
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    Only 25 and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing - though married - Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth's heart.

    Elizabeth says: "Narrator's lisp is maddening"
  • Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens | Jane Dunn

    Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jane Dunn
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
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    In a rich and riveting narrative, Jane Dunn reveals the extraordinary rivalry between the regal cousins. It is the story of two queens ruling on one island, each with a claim to the throne of England, each embodying dramatically opposing qualities of character, ideals of womanliness (and views of sexuality), and divinely ordained kingship.

    Catharina says: "Fantastic book"
  • Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen | Kate Williams

    Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kate Williams
    • Narrated By Kate Williams
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    We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet for much of her early life, the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental queen. Elizabeth's determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age.

    Jean says: "Interesting"
  • The Summer Queen: Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 1 | Elizabeth Chadwick

    The Summer Queen: Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Katie Scarfe
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    Eleanor of Aquitaine's story deserves to be legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before, unveiling the real Eleanor. Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine.

    Sara says: "The Romance Runs Strong in This One"
  • Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World | Alison Weir

    Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
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    Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England' s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman.

    Amazon Customer says: "NARRATOR SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO OWN VOICE !!!"
  • Queen Elizabeth II: The Life and Legacy of Britain's Second Longest Reigning Monarch |  Charles River Editors

    Queen Elizabeth II: The Life and Legacy of Britain's Second Longest Reigning Monarch

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Lavina Jadhwani
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    Until the implementation of new legislation on March 26, 2015, men were given preference to women in the British royal line. This system of male primogeniture meant that women seldom inherited the throne, and even when they did, they were often dominated by male councilors. Those women who married British kings gained the title of queen, but they were queen consorts, holding the title with no power. This makes Elizabeth II one of a select few queens regnant - queens ruling in their own right.

  • The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor: Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen | Elizabeth Norton

    The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor: Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Norton
    • Narrated By Sarah Nichols
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    England, late 1547. King Henry VIII is dead. His 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth is living with the king's widow, Catherine Parr, and her new husband, Thomas Seymour. Seymour is the brother of Henry VIII's third wife, the late Jane Seymour, who was the mother to the now-ailing boy king. Ambitious and dangerous, Seymour begins an overt flirtation with Elizabeth that ends with Catherine sending her away. When Catherine dies a year later and Seymour is arrested for treason soon after, a scandal explodes.

    Jessi Hollis says: "A nice listen.... but"
  • The Hollow Queen | Elizabeth Haydon

    The Hollow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
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    Beset on all sides by the forces of the merchant emperor Talquist, the Cymrian Alliance finds itself in desperate straits. Rhapsody herself has joined the battle, wielding the Daystar Clarion, leaving her True Name in hiding with her infant son. Ashe tries to enlist the aid of the Sea Mages; within their Citadel of Scholarship lies the White Ivory tower, a spire that could hold the key to unraveling the full extent of Talquist's machinations.

    Deedee Hanson says: "a bit too much back story"
  • Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York | Samantha Wilcoxson

    Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Samantha Wilcoxson
    • Narrated By Rachael Beresford
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    She was the mother of Henry VIII and wife of Henry VII, but who was Elizabeth of York? Raised as the precious eldest child of Edward IV, Elizabeth had every reason to expect a bright future until Edward died, and her life fell apart. When Elizabeth's uncle became Richard III, she was forced to choose sides. Should she trust her father's brother and most loyal supporter or honor the betrothal that her mother has made for her to her family's enemy, Henry Tudor? The choice was made for her on the field at Bosworth.

    Kindle Customer says: "historical fiction"
  • The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor | Melissa Rank,Michael Rank

    The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Melissa Rank, Michael Rank
    • Narrated By Anne Day-Jones
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    The idea of a powerful woman in the Middle Ages seems like an oxymoron. Females in this time are imagined to be damsels in distress, trapped in a high tower, and waiting for knights to rescue them, all while wearing traffic-cones for a hat. After rescue, their lives improved little. Their career choices were to be either docile queens, housewives, or be burned at the stake for witchcraft. But what if this image of medieval women is a complete fiction? It turns out that it is. Powerful female rulers fill the Middle Ages.

    Not happy says: "how history can be fun and informative"
  • Queen's Gambit: A Novel | Elizabeth Fremantle

    Queen's Gambit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Fremantle
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
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    Widowed for the second time at age 31, Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal, so haunted by the fates of his previous wives - two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth - Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.

    Cyndi Brownell says: "more history less passion"
  • The Best of Our Island Story: From the Romans in Britain to Queen Victoria | Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall

    The Best of Our Island Story: From the Romans in Britain to Queen Victoria

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck, Daniel Philpott
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    Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall is an Edwardian history book for younger listeners (age six to 12) that tells the story of England, concluding with the reign of Queen Victoria. Having released it unabridged in three volumes, Naxos AudioBooks now offers an attractive collection of the main stories and personalities. This skilful abridgement nevertheless maintains the narrative of British history, from the arrival of Julius Caesar to the height of the British Empire and the long reign of Queen Victoria.

    Heidi says: "Love the stories"
  • Elizabeth 1st, Queen of England | JM Gardner

    Elizabeth 1st, Queen of England

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By JM Gardner
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh
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    Discover the golden age of sixteenth-century England and its fascinating monarch. Elizabeth the 1st was perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known. Her father, Henry VIII, brutally murdered her mother and declared her a bastard; as he kept taking and discarding wives, Elizabeth had to build intelligence and presence to stay alive in the intrigue-laden Tudor court. When she at last ascended the throne, it was to inherit a bankrupt, famished, and powerless country.

  • The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam | Jerry Brotton

    The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jerry Brotton
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
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    When Queen Elizabeth was excommunicated by the Pope in 1570, she found herself in an awkward predicament. Now England's key markets would be closed to her Protestant merchants. To complicate matters, the staunchly Catholic king of Spain was determined to destroy her, bolstered by the gold pouring in from the New World. In a bold decision with far-reaching consequences, Elizabeth set her sights on the East.

  • To Shield the Queen | Fiona Buckley

    To Shield the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Fiona Buckley
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her master of the horse, Robin Dudley. As gossip would have it, only his ailing wife, Amy, prevents marriage between Dudley and the Queen. To quell the idle tongues at court, the Queen dispatches Ursula Blanchard to tend to the sick woman's needs. But not even Ursula can prevent the "accident" that takes Amy's life. Did she fall or was she pushed? Was Ursula a pawn of Dudley and the Queen?

    Wadie says: "Very good"
  • Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen | Amy Licence

    Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Licence
    • Narrated By Debra Burton
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    As Tudors go, Elizabeth of York is relatively unknown. Yet she was the mother of the dynasty, with her children becoming King of England (Henry VIII), Queens of Scotland (Margaret) and France (Mary Rose) and her direct descendants included three Tudor monarchs, two executed queens, and ultimately, the Stuart royal family.

    Blenda says: "No story to be found in this book."
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