A Tapestry of Treason

Narrated by: Gloria Sanders
Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Her actions could make history - but at what price?

1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family, the House of York.

Surrounded by power-hungry men, including her aggressively self-centred husband, Thomas, and ruthless siblings, Edward and Richard, Constance places herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV. Will it be possible for this Plantagenet family to safeguard its own political power by restoring either King Richard II to the throne, or the precarious Mortimer claimant?

Although the execution of these conspiracies will place them all in jeopardy, Constance is not deterred, even when the cost of her ambition threatens to overwhelm her. Even when it endangers her newfound happiness.

With treason, tragedy, heartbreak and betrayal, this is the story of a woman ahead of her time, fighting for herself and what she believes to be right in a world of men.

Giving voice to the forgotten women of history, this is the next brilliant historical novel from Sunday Times best- selling author Anne O’Brien.

©2019 Anne O'Brien (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Gripping." (The Times

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Fascinating story

Very enjoyable book to listen to. I had just finished Queen of the North and this was an excellent take on Constance of York and her life situation.

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  • Alison
  • 09-13-19

Tapestry of Treason

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was clearly read by Gloria Sanders and Anne O'Brien portrayed Constance of York very well during the early period of the Wars of the Roses. I feel that she would have served well in WW2 in the SOE. She was an independent woman, well before her time, living on her wits in a court full of treachery and ambition. Married at first to Thomas Despenser she was a dutiful and shrewd, if not loving wife. She gave him 3 children. She was daughter of Edmund of Langley, Duke of York, Edward III's 4th son; cousin to King Richard II; sister to the future King Edward IV, who became the Duke of York after his father Edmund of Langley died in this book. Her younger brother (Dickon) Richard, was Earl of Cambridge and his grandsons Edward IV and Richard III both became Yorkist Kings of England, through his son Richard, Duke of York.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-20

Slow

I love historical fiction but this just didn't do it for me. Very slow storyline. Main character not very likeable so I didn't feel a need to want to finish. Got two thirds finished before moving on. Narrator okay but voices merged into one another, not different enough

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