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Thwarted Queen

The Entire Saga, in Four Parts, About the Yorks, Lancasters, and Nevilles, Whose Family Feud Started the Wars of the Roses
Narrated by: Cynthia Sally Haggard
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Thwarted Queen, a frustrating tale (hence the title) of Lady Cecylee Neville (1415-1495) who was nearly crowned Queen of England, encompasses Rose of Raby (book one), One Seed Sown (book two), Thwarted Queen (book three), and Two Murders Reaped (book four). It is the entire saga of Lady Cecylee Neville, a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a king brought down by fear.

It is 1424. Lady Cecylee Neville is nine years old. Her girlhood comes to a sudden end when her father, Ralph Neville, the Earl of Westmorland, locks her up to ensure her betrothal to Richard, Duke of York, takes place.

It is 1441. Cecylee, Duchess of York, is 26 years old. While her husband, Duke Richard, is away fighting the French, Cecylee has a love affair which produces a child (the "one seed" of book two), who becomes King Edward IV. Somehow, Cecylee persuades her husband Richard, Duke of York, to accept this child as his own, even as he has the power to lock her up or dispose of this illegitimate son.

It is 1483. Cecylee, Queen by Right, the king’s mother, is distraught by the news of her son’s sudden death. King Edward IV was only 40 years old and had seemed in good health. He was a strong king who held together various political factions. With his death, all hell broke loose. If this sounds familiar, it may be because season one of Game of Thrones takes its inspiration from the sudden death of a strong king (Robert Baratheon or Edward IV) and the war that broke out between the Starks and the Lannisters, or the Yorks and the Lancasters.

This novel contains many voices, not the least of those the Londoners who forged their own political destiny by engaging in public debate with the powerful aristocrats of the time - Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (the king’s uncle), Richard, Duke of York (the king’s cousin), and Richard, Earl of Warwick, (known as Warwick the Kingmaker) - and set the stage for American democracy.

©2019 Cynthia Sally Haggard (P)2019 Cynthia Sally Haggard

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No No No!

I so wanted this story. I've been looking for an audio book on these characters for so long and was excited to buy without hesitation. I should have hesitated. Can't get to the actual story as the narrating is so bad. I can generally get past this if I really want the story but not this time. Will surely reconsider if another narrator is used but it's a total miss for me.

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could not even get past the first chapter

I actually wonder if the narrator has a speech impediment or something else is going on with the narration. I have never quit a book after less than 5 minutes. do not purchase!

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Interesting

It was interesting to hear accounts of this period through the eyes of Cecile. She was a formidable woman and would have probably been an outstanding Queen. The author’s voice was extremely annoying but the story was interesting enough to make me push on.

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Good story, didn't like the narrator

I wanted to like this book- it the narrator. Her voice grated on my nerves!

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  • eleanor louise jones
  • 01-02-20

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The voice is so irritating Its Like being read to by Diane Abbot. There are so many voices to choose from yes it's the author but I find it an odd choice.