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  • The Lady in the Tower | Jean Plaidy

    The Lady in the Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    One of history's most complex and alluring women, Anne Boleyn was irresistible to kings and commoners alike. Daughter of an ambitious country lord, Anne was sent to France to marry well and raise the family's fortunes. She soon surpassed even their greatest expectations when King Henry VIII swore he would put aside his loyal queen to make Anne his wife.

    Carole says: "Lady in the tower. I loved it."
  • The Captive Queen of Scots | Jean Plaidy

    The Captive Queen of Scots

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Scotland has been torn apart by civil war, and the young and passionate Catholic Mary Queen of Scots is in the hands of her enemies. Under duress, Mary abdicates in favour of her son, James VI, and flees to England for safety, boldly seeking refuge with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. But Elizabeth has never trusted the ambitious Catholic queen and has Mary imprisoned.

    Moragne says: "And Her Soul Yearned to be Free"
  • The Queen's Husband | Jean Plaidy

    The Queen's Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Victoria and Albert have been destined for one another since birth. However, the passive Albert is well aware that marriage to a quick-tempered, demonstrative woman like Victoria could result in unnecessary scenes and stormy court feuds. And he is right. The young queen, as well as having to endure her constant pregnancies, is in perpetual revolt against anyone encroaching on her position – and Albert is doing just that. Despite attempts on her life and political crises

  • The Queen and Lord M | Jean Plaidy

    The Queen and Lord M

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    On the morning of 20 June 1837, an 18-year-old girl is called from her bed to be told that she is Queen of England. The young queen’s first few years are beset with court scandal and malicious gossip: There is the unsavoury Flora Hastings affair, a source of extreme embarrassment to the queen; the eternal conflict between Victoria and her mother; and the young queen’s hatred for Sir John Conroy, her mother’s close friend. Then there is the Prime Minster, Lord Melbourne - "Lord M" - worldly cynic and constant companion to the queen, himself a veteran of many a latter-day scandal.

  • The Captive of Kensington Palace | Jean Plaidy

    The Captive of Kensington Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The young Princess Victoria, strictly confined within the boundaries of Kensington Palace, is being moulded for her awesome future as Queen of England. Surrounded by her dolls and closely guarded by her domineering mother and faithful governess, she slowly becomes aware of the bitter conflicts that surround her. The jealous and scheming Duke of Cumberland is a constant threat to her rightful accession …her mother’s sinister friend, Sir John Conroy, makes her uneasy … and the bickering between her mother and the king seems never-ending.

  • The Widow of Windsor | Jean Plaidy

    The Widow of Windsor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Albert is dead and the queen is preparing to spend the rest of her life in mourning. Yet the last years of her reign are to be momentous ones. Palmerston, then Gladstone and Disraeli, govern her empire through the high noon of its heyday. However, the court at Windsor, Balmoral, Osborne at Buckingham Palace is perpetually shocked by the actions of the queen’s son, the Prince of Wales. Forever in pursuit of horses, women and scandal, this is the heady harbinger of Edwardian years to come.

  • The King's Secret Matter | Jean Plaidy

    The King's Secret Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    The 12-year marriage of Henry and Katharine has declined from an idyllic union into an uneasy stalemate. The king's love for his aging queen has grown cold, and he is angry with her failure to give him the heir to the throne he desperately wants. When the seductive Anne Boleyn arrives at court, the king is captivated by her dark beauty and bold spirit and becomes obsessed by the desire to possess her.

    Moragne says: "Not much of a secret"
  • The Road to Compiègne | Jean Plaidy

    The Road to Compiègne

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    No longer the well-beloved, Louis XV is becoming ever more unpopular - the huge expense of his court and decades of costly warfare having taken their toll. As the discontent grows, Louis seeks refuge in his extravagances and his mistress, the powerful Marquise de Pompadour. Suspicions, plots and rivalry are rife as Louis’ daughters and lovers jostle for his attention and their own standing in Court.

  • The Shadow of the Pomegranate | Jean Plaidy

    The Shadow of the Pomegranate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    The marriage of Katharine of Aragon and King Henry VIII was a right royal match. England loved the young lovers, but hardly were they wed when powerful people in Henry's court were spinning webs of intrigue around the innocent royal pair. Spanish spies, the Pope's men, the Queen's seductive ladies-in-waiting, and especially the King's brilliant advisor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, all were obsessed with one question: Would Queen Katharine be able to give Henry the healthy son he so desperately wanted?

    Moragne says: "It looms over her"
  • Katharine, the Virgin Widow: A Novel | Jean Plaidy

    Katharine, the Virgin Widow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    In the eyes of the world, Katharine of Aragon was a precious object to be disposed of for the glory of Spain. Her parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, sent her to England to become the bride of Arthur, Prince of Wales. But soon her frail husband was dead, and a fateful question loomed: was the marriage consummated, or was the young widow still a virgin?

    Pam H says: "Long and Oriental"
  • Louis the Well-Beloved | Jean Plaidy

    Louis the Well-Beloved

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    France eagerly awaits the day the young king, Louis XV, comes of age and breaks free from the rule of his ministers. The country hopes Louis will bring back glory and prosperity to France. However, he is too preoccupied with the thrills of hunting and gambling to notice the power struggle going on in his own court. Soon the king is introduced to the pleasures of mistresses, and a succession of lovers follows.

  • The Plantagenet Prelude | Jean Plaidy

    The Plantagenet Prelude

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    When William X dies, the duchy of Aquitaine is left to his 15-year-old daughter, Eleanor. But such a position for an unmarried woman puts the whole kingdom at risk. So on his deathbed William made a will that would ensure his daughter’s protection: he promised her hand in marriage to the future King of France. Eleanor grows into a romantic and beautiful queen, but she has inherited the will of a king, determined to rule Aquitaine using her husband’s power as King of France. Her

  • Madonna of the Seven Hills | Jean Plaidy

    Madonna of the Seven Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    In a castle in the mountains outside Rome, Lucrezia Borgia is born into history's most notorious family. Her father, who is to become Pope Alexander VI, receives his first daughter warmly, and her brothers, Cesare and Giovanni, are devoted to her. As Lucrezia matures into a beautiful young woman, her brothers are ever more protective and become fierce rivals for her attention.

  • Lord Robert | Jean Plaidy

    Lord Robert

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    In the grim recesses of the Tower of London, two captives begin a passionate love affair that will last years but is destined to destroy them. One is Robert Dudley, the other is the future Queen of England, Elizabeth I.

  • The Passionate Enemies | Jean Plaidy

    The Passionate Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The death of the King’s son aboard the doomed White Ship, left the ageing Henry I again without an heir. Henry’s daughter, the Empress Matilda, could not succeed her father while her own German husband still lived – but she could hope. Henry’s nephew, the affable, charming Stephen was also looking towards the English throne.

  • The Lion of Justice: Norman Trilogy, Book 2 | Jean Plaidy

    The Lion of Justice: Norman Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    The death of The Conqueror left three sons to inherit his power and his wealth. Normandy for Robert, England for Rufus, and for Henry, the youngest, 5,000 pounds of silver. The three were natural rivals. The feckless Robert lost his Norman dukedom in an orgy of impulsive extravagance. Red-haired Rufus scandalized the court with his perverse sexuality and contempt for the Church. And Henry - cleverest of all - awaited his chance to fulfill his father’s prophecy and assume the mantle of The Lion of Justice.

  • The Bastard King | Jean Plaidy

    The Bastard King

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    William the Conqueror is destined to succeed his father as the Duke of Normandy but questions about his legitimacy mean he consistently faces challenges from potential usurpers in the Duchy to retain the title. He marries Matilda, the equally intelligent and ambitious daughter of the King of Flanders, and together they have many children. In 1066, he crosses the channel from Normandy to England and seizes the crown from King Harold, Edward the Confessor's popular successor.

  • The Sun in Splendour | Jean Plaidy

    The Sun in Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Reckoned by those about him to be the most handsome man in the country, Edward IV has risen to the throne with the help of Warwick, the kingmaker. But even Warwick’s trusted advice cannot convince the king to ignore his passion for the beautiful widow Elizabeth Woodville – and when she refuses to become his mistress the two are married. Beloved of the people, Edward proves himself to be a strong king. Despite his mistresses, Elizabeth is loyal to the illustrious king, provding him with many children....

  • Epitaph for Three Women | Jean Plaidy

    Epitaph for Three Women

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    On the death of Henry V, a nine-month-old baby is made King of England. Ambitious men surround the baby king, including his two uncles, the Dukes of Bedford and Gloucester. In Lancastrian England and war-torn France, there are three women whose lives are to have a marked effect on the future. Katherine de Valois, haunted by an unhappy childhood, finds love in an unexpected quarter and founds the Tudor dynasty; Joan of Arc leaves her village pastures on the command of heavenly voices; and Eleanor of Gloucester is drawn into a murder plot and becomes the centre of a cause celebre.

  • Spain for the Sovereigns | Jean Plaidy

    Spain for the Sovereigns

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Married to Ferdinand after numerous fears and disappointments, Isabella triumphs over every danger, convinced of her own destiny. With the might of Portugal humbled, the court of the Sovereigns sees the rise of Torquemada and the establishment of the dreaded Inquisition. It also witnesses the coming of Columbus, who leaves the woman he loves to make a dream reality.

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