• Thwarted Queen

  • The Entire Saga About the Yorks, Lancasters, and Nevilles, Whose Family Feud Inspired "Game of Thrones"
  • By: Cynthia Sally Haggard
  • Narrated by: Diana Croft
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Thwarted Queen

By: Cynthia Sally Haggard
Narrated by: Diana Croft
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Thwarted Queen, a frustrating tale (hence the title) of Lady Cecylee Neville who was nearly crowned Queen of England, tells the entire saga about the Yorks, Lancasters, and Nevilles, whose family feud started the Wars of the Roses and inspired Game of Thrones.

When Robert Baratheon died suddenly after a boar hunt, all hell broke loose. When Edward IV, King of England, died suddenly after a fishing trip in April 1483, another phase of the Wars of the Roses ensued, the Yorks (Starks) battling the Lancasters (Lannisters).

Thwarted Queen is told mainly in the voice of Lady Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), the thwarted queen, but other voices are important to this tale, not least those of 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.

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A Complex and Compelling Story

Thwarted Queen is a fictional account of Cecylee Neville, wife of Richard of York, and Mother to two Kings, Edward IV and Richard III. It is a complex and compelling story of a young girl betrothed at the age of Nine to a man she didn't like, nor came to truly love.

She tells the tale of her life from childhood to just before her death at age 80. Using actual historical facts, Cynthia Sally Haggard, gives us a richly complex story of political intrigue, court life and circumstances involving the War of the Roses.

I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Diana Croft's range of voices made this a beautiful performance.

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More light romance than historical

I don’t generally write reviews, but this is my favorite genre and my least favorite book so far. The first 3/4 is silly romance novel. There’s not much history here. I would have returned it if I could do that from my phone. On the other hand, it is something very light that you don’t have to pay much attention to. Just not my thing. If you like the history in historical fiction, this one is a potential pass.

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Excellent Story

I was very impressed throughout this whole book with the narrator's ability to switch accents so quickly and make them all understandable. This is a great story of the other side of the Wars of the Roses. It was interesting to hear Elizabeth Woodville portrayed as a wholly unlikable power-grasping character.

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Historical inaccuracies bothered me

Had to return this book after reading just a few chapters as the historical inaccuracies started to actually agitate me.

The narrator can get annoying as well though she does pretty well with the different voices.

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first book at listen to about kings and queens

I am really surprised that I enjoy this book so much I really have no interest in hearing about rule kings and queens of all of their battles but I was very caught up in the story narrations were excellent

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Note perfect narration!

Thwarted Queen is an epic saga of love, hate, death and betrayal set in the turbulent years of the Wars of the Roses and told, almost exclusively, from the perspective of Lady Cecylee Neville, whose star rose and fell according to the strengths and weaknesses of the family to whom she was allied. The entire book is narrated by Diana Croft and in it she has to age Lady Cecylee from a small child to an old lady of 80, and also take on the parts of all the other protagonists, both male and female. Her voice has an incredible range, giving life and substance to all the characters, be they the bell-like notes of a small, female child, an imperious male with a speech impediment, a haughty lady of the Court or the weakening croak of an ageing matriarch. Although the story is complicated and convoluted, I was never in any doubt as to which character was speaking, and it brought alive for me a period of history of which I am almost completely ignorant. An absolute triumph of narration!