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Against the seething political intrigues of 12th-century Europe, two royal heirs will surrender to passion as they vie for the most glittering, treacherous prize of all: the English throne

At nine, Maud, an English princess, was sent to Germany to become the bride of the Holy Roman Emperor - a political alliance with a man her father’s age. At 25, the widowed Maud must marry once again, this time to 14-year-old Geoffrey Plantagenet. But it is with Stephen of Blois, Maud’s fiercest rival for the British throne, that the headstrong princess discovers the true meaning of desire.

Stephen, a descendant of William the Conqueror, believes absolutely in his God-given right to rule. Torn between his illicit passion for Maud and his own towering ambition, he knows he must choose. Stephen’s decision will wrench him from the arms of the woman he loves, ignite civil war, and lead to a shattering act of betrayal that, decades later, will come full circle and change the course of English history.

©1991 Ellen Jones (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Maybe better in print?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I could not finish it. I felt the reading was entirely too over-dramatic. Very actor-y. I was so distracted by the reader that I could not enjoy the story.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Having read about Matilda (Maud) and Stephen before, I was interested to hear another take on their story. I'm a bit skeptical about the romance plotline, but, who knows?

How could the performance have been better?

See above - WAY too emotive.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Doubtful.

Any additional comments?

Too bad. Maybe I'll try again with a print version?

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great!

Lots of intrigue. A great book for anyone that likes embellished historical novels. I was disappointed when it ended.

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Not overly romantisized

Entertaining and educational, in that order. SO based on the assumption that Henry was sired by Steven he would actually have been a Norman.

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  • 06-01-14

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Seems that the need for accuracy in historical detail is more important today as readers have been treated to high quality, well-researched books. Sadly missing here.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Really its just the everyday background detail