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  • The Captive Queen of Scots | Jean Plaidy

    The Captive Queen of Scots

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Scotland has been torn apart by civil war, and the young and passionate Catholic Mary Queen of Scots is in the hands of her enemies. Under duress, Mary abdicates in favour of her son, James VI, and flees to England for safety, boldly seeking refuge with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. But Elizabeth has never trusted the ambitious Catholic queen and has Mary imprisoned.

  • The Lady in the Tower | Jean Plaidy

    The Lady in the Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    One of history's most complex and alluring women, Anne Boleyn was irresistible to kings and commoners alike. Daughter of an ambitious country lord, Anne was sent to France to marry well and raise the family's fortunes. She soon surpassed even their greatest expectations when King Henry VIII swore he would put aside his loyal queen to make Anne his wife.

  • Katharine, the Virgin Widow: A Novel | Jean Plaidy

    Katharine, the Virgin Widow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    In the eyes of the world, Katharine of Aragon was a precious object to be disposed of for the glory of Spain. Her parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, sent her to England to become the bride of Arthur, Prince of Wales. But soon her frail husband was dead, and a fateful question loomed: was the marriage consummated, or was the young widow still a virgin?

  • The Shadow of the Pomegranate | Jean Plaidy

    The Shadow of the Pomegranate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    The marriage of Katharine of Aragon and King Henry VIII was a right royal match. England loved the young lovers, but hardly were they wed when powerful people in Henry's court were spinning webs of intrigue around the innocent royal pair. Spanish spies, the Pope's men, the Queen's seductive ladies-in-waiting, and especially the King's brilliant advisor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, all were obsessed with one question: Would Queen Katharine be able to give Henry the healthy son he so desperately wanted?

  • The King's Secret Matter | Jean Plaidy

    The King's Secret Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    The 12-year marriage of Henry and Katharine has declined from an idyllic union into an uneasy stalemate. The king's love for his aging queen has grown cold, and he is angry with her failure to give him the heir to the throne he desperately wants. When the seductive Anne Boleyn arrives at court, the king is captivated by her dark beauty and bold spirit and becomes obsessed by the desire to possess her.

  • The Follies of the King | Jean Plaidy

    The Follies of the King

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Edward II's first act on coming to the throne is to recall Piers Gaveston from exile, and the new king's devotion to the shrewd and avaricious young man soon becomes a scandal. It is assumed that when Edward marries one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe his inclinations will change, but nothing can make him swerve from his attachment to Gaveston, who is clearly making the most of royal favour. The new Queen Isabella, accustomed to adulation, is bitterly humiliated; and she is not a woman to forget.

  • The Hammer of the Scots | Jean Plaidy

    The Hammer of the Scots

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The news of Henry III's death reached his son Edward on the long road home from the Holy Land. Now he was England's king and a man fit for his destiny. Through all the years of his reign, through stark personal tragedy and chill forebodings as his son grew into a weak, corrupted price, Edward I strove to weld a nation united from England, Scotland and Wales.

  • Madonna of the Seven Hills | Jean Plaidy

    Madonna of the Seven Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    In a castle in the mountains outside Rome, Lucrezia Borgia is born into history's most notorious family. Her father, who is to become Pope Alexander VI, receives his first daughter warmly, and her brothers, Cesare and Giovanni, are devoted to her. As Lucrezia matures into a beautiful young woman, her brothers are ever more protective and become fierce rivals for her attention.

  • The Widow of Windsor | Jean Plaidy

    The Widow of Windsor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Albert is dead and the queen is preparing to spend the rest of her life in mourning. Yet the last years of her reign are to be momentous ones. Palmerston, then Gladstone and Disraeli, govern her empire through the high noon of its heyday. However, the court at Windsor, Balmoral, Osborne at Buckingham Palace is perpetually shocked by the actions of the queen’s son, the Prince of Wales. Forever in pursuit of horses, women and scandal, this is the heady harbinger of Edwardian years to come.

  • The Queen's Husband | Jean Plaidy

    The Queen's Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Victoria and Albert have been destined for one another since birth. However, the passive Albert is well aware that marriage to a quick-tempered, demonstrative woman like Victoria could result in unnecessary scenes and stormy court feuds. And he is right. The young queen, as well as having to endure her constant pregnancies, is in perpetual revolt against anyone encroaching on her position – and Albert is doing just that. Despite attempts on her life and political crises

  • The Plantagenet Prelude | Jean Plaidy

    The Plantagenet Prelude

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    When William X dies, the duchy of Aquitaine is left to his 15-year-old daughter, Eleanor. But such a position for an unmarried woman puts the whole kingdom at risk. So on his deathbed William made a will that would ensure his daughter’s protection: he promised her hand in marriage to the future King of France. Eleanor grows into a romantic and beautiful queen, but she has inherited the will of a king, determined to rule Aquitaine using her husband’s power as King of France. Her

  • The Lion of Justice: Norman Trilogy, Book 2 | Jean Plaidy

    The Lion of Justice: Norman Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The death of The Conqueror left three sons to inherit his power and his wealth. Normandy for Robert, England for Rufus, and for Henry, the youngest, 5,000 pounds of silver. The three were natural rivals. The feckless Robert lost his Norman dukedom in an orgy of impulsive extravagance. Red-haired Rufus scandalized the court with his perverse sexuality and contempt for the Church. And Henry - cleverest of all - awaited his chance to fulfill his father’s prophecy and assume the mantle of The Lion of Justice.

  • The Queen and Lord M | Jean Plaidy

    The Queen and Lord M

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    On the morning of 20 June 1837, an 18-year-old girl is called from her bed to be told that she is Queen of England. The young queen’s first few years are beset with court scandal and malicious gossip: There is the unsavoury Flora Hastings affair, a source of extreme embarrassment to the queen; the eternal conflict between Victoria and her mother; and the young queen’s hatred for Sir John Conroy, her mother’s close friend. Then there is the Prime Minster, Lord Melbourne - "Lord M" - worldly cynic and constant companion to the queen, himself a veteran of many a latter-day scandal.

  • The Captive of Kensington Palace | Jean Plaidy

    The Captive of Kensington Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The young Princess Victoria, strictly confined within the boundaries of Kensington Palace, is being moulded for her awesome future as Queen of England. Surrounded by her dolls and closely guarded by her domineering mother and faithful governess, she slowly becomes aware of the bitter conflicts that surround her. The jealous and scheming Duke of Cumberland is a constant threat to her rightful accession …her mother’s sinister friend, Sir John Conroy, makes her uneasy … and the bickering between her mother and the king seems never-ending.

  • Mary, Queen of France: The Tudor Princesses | Jean Plaidy

    Mary, Queen of France: The Tudor Princesses

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Princess Mary Rose is the youngest sister of King Henry VIII, and one of the few people whom he adores unconditionally. She is the golden child of the Tudor family and is granted her every wish. Except when it comes to marriage. Locked in a political showdown with France, Henry decides to offer up his pampered sister to secure peace between the two mighty kingdoms, and she is unwillingly sent to France to marry the ailing King Louis.

  • The Battle of the Queens | Jean Plaidy

    The Battle of the Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The first half of the 13th century is dominated by two women, as proud and ambitious as they are beautiful, yet different in all other ways. Isabella is a medieval Helen of Troy, flamboyant and passionate - wife to King John and mother to Henry III. Blanche of Castile, serene and virtuous, is Queen of France, wife of Louis VIII and mother of Louis IX. The two women hated each other on sight. Isabella will stop at nothing, not even murder, in her passion to destroy the French queen.

  • Royal Road to Fotheringay | Jean Plaidy

    Royal Road to Fotheringay

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    At just six days old, Mary Stuart became Queen of Scots. At just six years old, she was betrothed to the Dauphin Francois, the future King of France. Reluctantly leaving Scotland, Mary is raised in the decadent French court in preparation for becoming the Queen of France. But her reign with Francois is short-lived. Widowed at 18 years old, Mary is once again forced to leave her home to return to Scotland. Now a Catholic queen in a Protestant country, Mary must rule with caution and choose her next husband prudently.

  • Castile for Isabella | Jean Plaidy

    Castile for Isabella

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Fifteenth-century Spain is rent with intrigue and threatened by civil war. Here, the young Isabella becomes the pawn of her half-crazed mother and a virtual prisoner at the licentious court of her half-brother, Henry IV. At just sixteen years old, is she already fated to be the victim of the Queen's revenge, the Archbishop's ambition and the lust of lecherous Don Pedro Girón?

  • Light on Lucrezia | Jean Plaidy

    Light on Lucrezia

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    At just 18, Lucrezia Borgia, the alluring daughter of the Pope, has already had her life touched by dishonour and tragic loss. In the decadent society of 15th-century Rome, violence is commonplace and scandal is never far from the infamous Borgia family. In the aftermath of her brother Giovanni’s brutal murder, Lucrezia knows she must build a life for herself if she is to break away from the corrupt world her family is tied to.

  • Flaunting, Extravagant Queen | Jean Plaidy

    Flaunting, Extravagant Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    At the age of 15, Marie Antoinette, beautiful and charming bride to the impotent Dauphin, is plunged into the intrigue of Versailles. Frivolous and reckless, she flouts the strict and demanding etiquette of the glittering court and discovers the true nature of love, hate and jealousy. But the clouds of revolution are overhead, and Marie Antoinette, who wishes only to enjoy life, learns too late that the price of her enjoyment is very high.

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