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The life and times of Melisende, the crusader queen of Jerusalem, regent to her young son, the king, during the 12th century, come to life through the eyes of Lady Richildis, a young Frankish woman on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, who becomes one of Melisende's confidantes.

©1997 Judith Tarr (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Amazing story . Pronunciation counts.

What did you love best about Queen of Swords?

The story. The characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Queen of Swords?

Bertrand's realization. (No spoiler)

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Quay is pronounced "key". Plait is prounounced "plat". Richildis is pronounced "rich SHIL dis".Bertrand is pronounced..... sigh, it's rather painful to listen to.

If you could take any character from Queen of Swords out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Michael _ a true gentleman.

Any additional comments?

New narrator? This one is good but not for this book.

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  • Carol Cockburn
  • 11-07-15

A Pleasant Book

Well developed plot and characters. She could have used a little more research on her real people though, she tried to make Eleanor of Aquitaine into an older character when in fact she was a teenager during the second crusade. Other than that it was a truly an enjoyable read, er, listen.

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  • S.Attenborough
  • 05-19-20

A Good Story Let Down By the Narrator

This is the second book in the series. The first was dismal mostly because of the poor narration. This book has unfortunately the same problem with the same narrator. For reasons that seem bizarre the narrator cannot seem to pronounce simple words. For example: ‘Petitioner’ she pronounces as ‘Partitioner’ ‘Moon-Calf eyes’ is pronounced as ‘Moon Cave Eyes’ ‘Quay’ which should be pronounced like ‘key’ she pronounces it ‘Karwaii’!!!! and the list goes on and on.... It is also one of those annoying storyline’s where there is a complete over use of the words ‘insouciance’ and ‘ennui’ which by a miracle the narrator can pronounce!!! Some female narrators are good at doing male voices. Unfortunately this narrators male voices all sound like Popeye! I will be asking for a refund for this book.