The Turbulent Crown

The Story of the Tudor Queens
Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
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Ten remarkable women. One remarkable era.  

In the Tudor period, 1485 to 1603, a host of fascinating women sat on the English throne. The dramatic events of their lives are told in The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens.  

The Turbulent Crown begins with the story of Elizabeth of York, who survived conspiracy and dishonor to become the first Tudor queen, bringing peace and order to England after years of civil war. From there, the listener is taken through the parade of Henry VIII's six wives - two of whom, Anne Boleyn and Katheryn Howard, would lose their heads against a backdrop of intrigue and scandal.  

The Turbulent Crown continues with the tragedy of Lady Jane Grey, the teenager who ruled for nine days until overthrown by her cousin Mary Tudor. But Mary's reign, which began in triumph, ended in disaster, leading to the emergence of her sister, Elizabeth I, as the greatest of her family and of England's monarchs.

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a very good listen

this book and narration went well together.
it is not common to have a straight female lineage tudor story. well written.

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Complicated Rivals and sisters to the end.

Loved it. Great details of complexities and challenges of court in England and Scottlands reign.

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Stuck with it; Couldn't Stop Listening!

A great example of how narration can elevate a story! This is an expertly-researched book that, frankly, I would have skimmed over in the library or bookstore. I'm so glad I chose to give it a shot in audio-version; the story is so fascinating and so well-performed that it becomes a treat to listen to. If you're a fan of history, please don't pass this one up!

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  • 03-28-20

alas poor queens

the subject of the Tudor Queens is a truly fascinating one but alas the same cannot be said for the narration. the facts are presented in an easily understood and not too technical manner and the authors interpretation of them is corherent. BUT the narration is a flat drone. and dispite the fascinating subject this recording would make a good cure for insomnia.